First Sunday of February already and I realized that there is so much to update you with…
Foremost in my mind is that, I believe, I will be dancing again. My 29th season is about to begin with performances in Ballet & Ballads with the West End Mamas in Aliw Theater this February 15, 16, 17 and 23. A total of five injections were done to both of my ankles to give me another full season of dancing! Add to that a whole lot of prayer, willpower and support of family and friends – I am ready for retirement on my own terms! Looking forward to another year of active performing. In fact, my right toenail has cracked and you can’t imagine how normal that makes me feel right now after three months of not going on pointe. There’s really nothing like it!
As I was sitting here on my sunny porch watching the Ballet Manila School students working hard in all three studios, my daughter Missy started waving, asking permission to rehearse despite having just recovered from a bout with fever and a chest infection. I just gave her the thumbs up sign. Oh to be young, energetic and stubbornly determined again…Missy, a Ballet Manila company apprentice, debuts in the pas de trois (dance for three)“The Fairy Doll” in our 17th season finale this month.
Manuel has had a growth spurt. He is now taller than both Sasha and Missy. Soon, he will be taller than me! No longer my baby for sure, but still a child enough to wear his Gryffindor robe to watch Potted Potter last night. Still hilarious at our 2nd viewing!
Fred and I are going on a Valentines Date! It is going to be after Ballet Manila finishes the season, but still, a post Valentines Date is better than none.
Having counted 25 performances of Ballet Manila in January 2013 alone, I think that it’s already a great year!
Happy February Arts Month everyone!