GretchenStar Posted May 18, 2004 Report Share Posted May 18, 2004 Anyone go to RDA/P last week? Just curious to hear what other people thought. Facilites- really nice (at the Univ. of Arizona). One of the buildings (Stevie Eller(?) Dance Theater) was new and kind of artsy. Really cool looking, esp. with an upstairs studio which had one whole wall that was just glass so you could see outside. Some of the sprung floors were a little hard (but not too hard). Classes- Ballet (Phil Otto): pretty good. He picked some people to show steps so that made him really popular. Ballet (Wes Chapman): really fun teacher. And he showed a turning combination going across the diagonal that included a double pirouette from fifth to a double fouette (twice). And he did a quad pirouette. All that at over 40 (as he said). Ballet (Daniel C. [forgot his last name]): he was a bit intimidating. Not as much as one of the festival teachers last year, but Daniel was the type of teacher who is very specific about what he wants (w/ arms, positions, etc). He stopped a combination three times because a couple of dancers didn't do the arms the way he wanted to. And he lectured the dancers (not just corrected). If I was younger, I probably would have hated the class. The combinations themselves weren't bad- he was just a bit over the top. Pointe (Melissa Lowe): loved her class, although some other dancers wanted more of a warm up (like plies, tendus, etc). I think, because we already took class in the morning, we worked more on our feet than warming up the whole body. I also liked how she stressed the importance of listening to a combination (as well as watching)- she had said "chasse, releve arabesque" and some were doing "chasse, pique arabesque". It was nitpicking like Daniel C., but she was nicer about it. Performances: the only piece I really liked Pasadena Dance Theatre's piece, Sessions. Most everything else was danced well, but choreographically, they were a bit flat. Or they went on for too long. Or too complicated, with several groups onstage doing different steps at the same time that made it a little hard see. The theater was really nice- big stage, room for large audience, balcony. The only thing was that the air conditioner was turned up a bit high (because it was so hot outside). And I liked how most of our classes were not scheduled to begin until after 10am (except for the honors class and the audition class)- it gave me time to swim laps in the morning (when there weren't any kids splashing around in the pool). Quote Link to comment
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