Today was wonderful! After a good night's sleep, I headed to the theater for 9:30 class. Since the jury weren't watching, we had a shortened ballet class that was all on flat. It was nice to have a low pressure class, and the teacher was able to give us more feedback and corrections. She focused a lot on arms and epaulment, and encouraged us to initiate our arms with our backs. Polly and my mom got to observe class from the balcony, and it was fun to dance for them.
Today started out with some excitement. I have had a bit of jet lag the past two nights and couldn't fall asleep last night, so, unbeknownst to me, my mom let me sleep in later than we had planned. I woke up in a panic. For some reason I thought that my first class was at 9am, and I jumped out of bed, shouting that I was going to miss it! My mom had to reassure me that I wasn't due at the theater until 11:15!
Today I had a late start since my first class wasn't until 3pm. After sleeping in a little, I read and stretched in my room while my mom went outside to go for a run and visit the grocery store. By noon, I was more than ready to head to the theater. Polly and my mom dropped me off at the stage door, and I grabbed lunch in the candidate's lounge. I sat at a table with four other girls: one from Germany who dances in England, two from Australia, and one from Japan.
PBT student, Elenora Morris has arrived safe and sound in Lausanne for the Prix de Lausanne competition! She will keep us posted during the whole experience, so be sure to keep checking back for her updates!
Morris is One of Only 6 U.S. Dancers to Receive Invitation to International Ballet Competition
At age 17, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School student Elenora Morris can count herself among only six females in the United States – and 84 dancers from around the world – who will compete in Switzerland’s 41st Annual Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition from Jan. 27, to Feb. 3, this year.
From the Sugarplum Fairy to the Snow Queen, PBT dancer Gabrielle Thurlow will perform as many as 10 different roles throughout the The Nutcracker's 20 performance run. Here, Gabrielle discusses what's like to prepare for so many different characters.