Summer always seems to include some of our favorite things. Everything from travel, outdoor activities, to time with friends, and even some relaxing down time… But for the ladies of Summation, summer was lacking in the down time department. The dancer all kept themselves busy with other dance jobs, time with friends, and travel. Oh, and did they TRAVEL! Read on, as each dancer shares with us some of the amazing places they traveled to and projects that kept them busy. No down time here…
“ This summer, I went to Turkey to visit a dear friend from college. I spent five days seeing the mosques, palaces, and bazaars of Istanbul before traveling down the Aegean coast to the Mediterranean Sea, visiting ancient Roman-era ruins and beautiful pebble beaches along the way. I took a solo trip to Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey famous for its bizarre-looking geological formations and its historical significance as a refuge for early Christianity. As I hiked through red-colored valleys in the Turkish desert, I saw 9th century Greek Orthodox churches and monasteries with original frescoes carved into the hillsides. On top of its beautiful sites, Turkey has incredible food and friendly people. It was well worth the trip!”
“Summer is my favorite season… Someday I will live where it is always warm. Until then, I relish in every moment of the summer season. This summer I had lots of fun weekend getaway opportunities. I went to Vermont (twice!) which is so beautiful, as well as Fire Island and Montauk for some fun Atlantic Ocean frolicking.
The highlight though was an early 30th birthday trip to Costa Rica! John planned the whole thing which was really nice since I tend to do a lot of planning in my professional life (read: 10 performances in 5 years in 4 states). We rented a car and drove all over the country – from the caribbean side to the pacific. On the Caribbean side we stayed at Punta Mona, a totally off the grid permaculture, yoga, and holistic education center! We had the most delicious meal of our lives – and all the food was sourced from the 80 acres surrounding us. On the Pacific side we stayed at Vida Asana, an amazing yoga retreat center started by our friend Sean who relocated from Williamsburg to Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica about a year ago! We surfed, hiked to a waterfall and saw so many animals (monkeys, sloths – my new faves, scarlet macaws and great green macaws, red-eyed tree frogs, poisonous snakes!) and had ocean therapy/playtime everyday. Ahhh, how I long to lead a life by the sea.
Oh yes, and I got to speak spanish consistently for 10 days which I haven’t really had the opportunity to do since I studied abroad in Spain in 2007. I could honestly feel part of my brain ‘turn on’ again… The first day or two was shaky, but by the end of the trip words were flowing out of my mouth I hadn’t used in 7 years and didn’t know I even remembered! It’s crazy to think about all the dormant knowledge living on top of my shoulders… If anyone wants to speak spanish with me, I’d love to practice more regularly stateside.
Costa Rica was so magical… The people, the culture, the simple yet delicious food, the landscape, ocean, animals… I could go on and on. I hope to go back and lead a yoga retreat!! Any interest? Specific places you want to go?! Let me know!”
“ Over the summer, I had the great opportunity to visit Cape Town, South Africa to volunteer with my New York-based church. While there, I was able to (1) lead sessions on career decisions to recent immigrants and township locals in Cape Town, and (2) facilitate dance and after school activities to children in Khayelitsha, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town. Being with the kiddos was definitely my personal highlight. Most of the kids come from families that live on less than 50 Rand ($5) per day — and yet you’d never know it by the pure joy that they bring to the program. At any given moment, I could be seen holding two 5-year olds in either arm or being climbed by four or five kids at a time. Facilitating dance activities was difficult as very few knew basic English (their main language is Xhosa); but at the end of the week, the kids held an impromptu dance performance complete with singing, percussion, and skirts lined with bottle caps. Summation has met their match!”
“Though this summer was chock-full of traveling adventures (read: hung out with the llamas at Macchu Picchu!), I returned to one of my very favorite places on earth, the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop. I first came to the BJDW in 2005 and have now had the opportunity to return as Modern faculty. Some of my greatest memories, greatest friends and greatest soul-feeding dance moments have been made here, and this summer was no different. These three weeks were filled to the max with teaching class, taking class, choreographing for my students and for the professional resident company (Interweave Dance Theatre), while also learning four pieces that I performed….and participating in epic Giant Jenga tournaments. I’ll continue to long for these days until July 2015 rolls around!
“ This summer I had the amazing opportunity to collaborate and perform with Kaley Pruitt Dance at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Kaley is a very talented choreographer and a great friend of mine so I was excited to be part of her show! I thoroughly enjoy her collaborative creative process because it is challenging both mentally and physically. I learned a lot about myself as a dancer and performer! I am excited to continue dancing for Kaley Pruitt Dance and I can’t wait to begin rehearsals for her next season! To learn more about Kaley and her company go here: kaleypruittdance.com”
“This summer was dedicated to flowers and good times. My best friend from high school opened an art gallery with her husband in San Francisco and I flew out at the beginning of June for the gallery opening. Naivasha Studio & Gallery displays all of her husband’s artwork, Nathan Goldsmith, and I couldn’t be more proud so I decided to do something special. I visited the San Francisco Flower Mart to pick up some fresh blooms to arrange for the event. It was a fantastic night with hundreds of friendly people, bottomless wine, and good eats. If you’re ever in the North Beach area, you should check them out! Now at the end of the season, I’ve just started a new job working as a wedding strategist for the flower shop and garden center, Rose Red and Lavender, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Let’s just say, I couldn’t be happier.
Naivasha Studio & Gallery – Artwork by owner, Nathan Goldsmith
Rose Red & Lavender
“This summer I had an amazing opportunity to perform a site specific dance work at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. As part of Delirious Dances, an enchanted world was created inside the Native Flora Garden where the dancers were dispersed into different areas of this garden and the audience was guided to see the different solos. One thing I love about this type of work is that it is very interactive with the audience making them very much a part of the work. Despite the challenges of rainy weather, bug bites and hot weather, the performances went well and were well received.”
“This summer I took a vacation back home to San Francisco for my 25th birthday. I spent time with my family, had amazing dinners, and spent a weekend in Napa doing some wine tasting. One of the highlights of my summer was getting a new puppy with my boyfriend Matt! Her name is Mika and she is the cutest shiba inu you will ever see. Boy, do I have a lot more responsibility now! I did NOT realize how much time and energy is needed to take care of a dog but she is the most rewarding thing to come home to. And even more exciting, she’s the newest Summation Dance mascot!
I also had the opportunity to work with Kaley Pruitt and perform in her self-produced show at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Megan was also in the show! While we were on a short break it was nice to stay in the studio and continue moving throughout the summer. Not only was I taking dance class and participating in rehearsals for Kaley’s show, I took some spin classes and hot yoga classes to stay in tip top shape as I head into the 5th season with Summation!”
“Except for the occasional day trip to Rockaway, this summer was pretty uneventful. It wasn’t until the very end that I was able to escape to the sunshine and warmer water in the Carolinas. Just before Labor Day weekend I traveled home to North Carolina and met up with the boss lady herself. Sumi and I drove from Raleigh, NC to Charleston, SC to spend the week gorging ourselves in the sun! I was the driver. Sumi was the DJ. Five hours, a couple Chick-fil-A’s, and 2500 radio stations later we arrived at our quaint hotel, The King Charles Inn, situated in the middle of historic downtown Charleston. It’s definitely a great place to visit if you’ve never been! We’d drive to the beach around noon, jump in the waves til 5 or 6, drive back downtown to eat and do it again the next day.
There is a lot to do to in Charleston and historical sites to see. Unfortunately, because we spent so much time jumping waves we didn’t really get to do much of anything else. But, downtown on Market Street there is a long artisan market where locals sell handmade crafts and souvenirs. It’s worth a walk through. I picked up some cute hair clips that were made of clay and dyed. But my favorite souvenir of all is this photo of Sumi eating a sandwich on the beach. Enjoy!”
And there you have it! A worldly, warm, and delicious Summation Summer! The fun, however, does not end there. Summation Dance has some exciting things happening in this next season…
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