This week marks the last working week before the company Vinnie Prisbrey dances with - LaMov Compañia de Danza - takes a month long break. In this entry, Vinnie tells us about life on tour and what her plans are for the rest of the summer. Read on and feel free to ask Vinnie any question you may have about her experience as a Professional Dancer.
My Week – Recap:
This week was our last week of work before a few weeks of vacation. We went to the south of Spain near Cádiz to perform El Trovador. We spent one long day travelling there, another performing and rehearsing, then one day travelling back.
What I’ve learned so far:
We had the first morning off when we got there, so we all headed to the beach. It was a lovely and relaxing morning swimming, sunbathing, and eating great seafood. After all that, it was really hard to just pop back into a dark theatre and focus on dancing. I managed to do it in the end, but for the future I think I will avoid combining ballet and the beach.
The accomplishment I’m the proudest of:
After looking at pictures from the first two performances I saw that I had let some of my technique go a little. Mostly this was in regard to my turnout because the choreography is less classical it is easy to simply forget that all your normal classical technique applies. So I tried much harder to keep my technique. I felt a lot more turned out and my lines felt more correct this time around. Of course I haven't seen any pictures to know for sure.
Obstacles and challenges I faced:
This was my first time on tour with the company where I didn't have someone helping me with Spanish. I am still not completely comfortable with the language. While most of the dancers can dabble in English if necessary, it is much easier just to have everyone speaking Spanish. This was three days of non-stop Spanish, and it was tough. My brain felt fried the whole time and I wasn't able to communicate as well as I would have liked. Many times I just didn't say anything at all. I am really motivated now to study and practice to gain confidence in the language. By the time our vacations are over I hope to be comfortable enough to initiate conversations with my fellow dancers.
What I enjoyed the most:
After our performance the company went out and got a nice dinner. We were all really relaxed since we were about to start vacation. It was great to go out with everyone and just have some fun. It was a good moment to stop and think how happy I am that I get to spend another year with a company that I genuinely love and with people I truly respect. A few days later I met with my director and heard about all the plans for August and beyond. It sounds like a lot of work, but I am excited to have so much ahead of me.
My plans for the rest of the summer:
This week I will be mainly packing and travelling places and not really dancing. The week after that I will be in Utah teaching a contemporary dance workshop. I will be staying in shape and teaching a lot. Starting the week of August 12th my season with the company will start up again.