Monday, February 14, 2011

valentine-y.



FACT: This is the first time I have not been single for Valentine's Day since the sixth grade.

Happy Valentine's Day, loving followers!
I'm showing my love for all of you because I haven't been posting for a while, so I really owe it to you guys.

I spent the entire weekend with a few people that I love - Tai, John, and Courtney. We had way too much fun because we're all super goofy people, so it was quite the exciting + crazy weekend. Saturday night after a long day of Cinderella rehearsal, we all went to a Filipino Valentine's Day party. It's not our idea of a pumping party, but we made it fun since we were all together. Then they all came home with me to end up watching "Casino Royale" and spend the night. Yesterday, we took a road trip up to Richmond to see the Richmond Ballet perform Giselle!

I've never seen the ballet, but I've been dying to! It's a classic, and I was so excited to see it. I always enjoy going to see the Richmond Ballet perform because I know several people in the company. It's always cool to see beautiful and exquisite dancers that you know and that inspire you perform. Pedro got us the most perfect seats in the house which I was so thankful for because, of course, I was stupid enough to forget my glasses. I was so relieved that I wouldn't have to see little blobs twirling and jumping around on the stage for a couple of hours.

Shira Lanyi danced the role of Giselle, and she was so graceful! She has so much stage presence as well as beautiful technique. The part of the ballet that I was looking forward to the most was the "mad scene" - when Giselle goes mad from finding out the man she loves is engaged to someone else and dies from a weak heart. I was so excited for the infamous scene in which Giselle takes down here ballet bun and lets her hair loose. It truly symbolizes her losing control and grace and her mind......and I was completely disappointed when Shira didn't take down her bun. It was still an intense and emotional scene, but I wanted to see her hair come down! I wanted to see the mess that Giselle becomes. I wanted to see the heartbreak in her tangled hair. And although I didn't get that, I still was completely blown away by the entire performance. I'm hoping that next year I'll be dancing on that stage with the Richmond Ballet.
I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day! I hope you got to spend it with the ones you love may it be a significant other, your best friends, or your family. Spread the love!

xobria

PS. I'm going to leave you all with a love poem. It reminds me of how I never let Tai look at my ugly dancer feet, but when he finally holds me down long enough to look at them, he says they're beautiful.

Your Feet by Pablo Neruda
When I cannot look at your face
I look at your feet.
Your feet of arched bone,
your hard little feet.
I know that they support you,
and that your sweeth weight
rises upon them.
Your waist and your breasts,
the doubled purple
of your nipples,
the sockets of your eyes
that have just flown away,
your wide fruit mouth,
your red tresses,
my little tower.
But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.

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