So my first day in the Bay Area was a bit of a whirlwind…it was my first time riding on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and of course I made a mistake but the lovely lady at the BART West Oakland stop, Renee, was nice enough to help me.
I finally got to meet the woman who made my move to the West Coast possible, Judy Smith, the artistic director of AXIS Dance Company (axisdance.org) – it was great meeting her, she has served as inspiration for my own dance company, marked dance project!
I met the dancers/staff of AXIS (some) after their assembly; I got a tour of the arts building and had tofu for the first time (trying to eat healthier…Judy thought it was weird that I hadn’t tried it before)
I met my room mate for the first time, Joel Brown, super cool guy who is multitalented, you might remember him when he performed for AXIS on So You Think You Can Dance, yup here’s the link to that performance which featured Sebastian, who choreographed that duet (link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7L7obgfb18 ). Joel is also a singer/songwriter, you can check out his Facebook page for music details here: https://www.facebook.com/joelbrown.org?fref=ts
I also just read over my first dancer contract—it’s surreal to think I am here living in a whole new region of the country because of DANCE.
To think I never thought this day would come, to think I would only ever be a choreographer, to think people told me to give up—first and foremost, NEVER GIVE UP! Dreams come true. Work hard, stay focused, and never give up!
Just a quick little update on the first day! More posts to come.
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