Motivation

Jewels

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I danced for over twelve years before I went off to college in New York. All different styles, competition and high school teams, I tried a bit of everything. I was good enough, but not great and as a perfectionist, that made it a difficult hobby to really enjoy. So I gave it up as I made the huge transition to the big city. But to this day, I’ve never been as passionate about anything else.

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Luckily NYC is the best place in the world to find all varieties of dance, as well as those who love it. I’ve made plenty of dance-crazed friends here, and over the past few months we’ve talked more and more about starting out by going to see the ballet. In December we saw the New York City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, and just last week we saw the incredible Jewels (also put on by NYCB). The NYCB’s performances are extra special to go see because my friend and I know two dancers in the company.

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Even though I love all styles of dance, Jewels was the first non-Nutcracker ballet I saw on a professional level. It was magical. There are three acts, dreamed up by George Balanchine after a visit to luxury jewelry store, Van Cleef and Arpels. Emeralds opens the performance, followed by Rubies and finally, Diamonds. Each one is inspired by French, American and Russian styles, respectively.

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The costumes glitter, the music is mesmerizing and the choreography is sensational. Emeralds was my least favorite and definitely the least flashy (despite the emerald green costumes adorned with green crystals). Rubies was by far the most fun act, and Diamonds was in my opinion the most extravagant and dramatic. Overall, I loved it far more than The Nutcracker, and enjoyed seeing the performance with two of my close friends.

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The costumes glitter, the music is mesmerizing and the choreography is sensational. Emeralds was my least favorite and definitely the least flashy (despite the emerald green costumes adorned with green crystals). Rubies was by far the most fun act, and Diamonds was in my opinion the most extravagant and dramatic. Overall, I loved it far more than The Nutcracker, and enjoyed seeing the performance with two of my close friends.

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One of these days I really need to take a class again here in NYC. There is after all, no excuse in this city to do exactly what you want, when you want it. We’ll see what style I try out next, but here’s to a year full to the brim of my favorite passion and motivation!

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