Overdue for an Update

I know, I know! I have been totally MIA. 

I’m actually in New York right now for YAGP Finals – it’s all so exciting! I’ve been having the time of my life, from early morning until late at night, and each day here is an adventure. 

Like everything else in New York, internet is expensive. Right now I’m sitting at a Starbucks which, of course, has free Wi-Fi, but my schedule has had me running (literally – I LOVE walking the streets of NYC!) from class to class and gala to gala and keeping me so busy that actually sitting down to take some time to write anything at all has been hardly an option lately! And, as I just hinted at, the Wi-Fi at the hotel is not free…far from it! 

I keep a Project 356 journal on my Facebook, and even that has been sadly lacking lately, which is a shame, because there’s so much going on here that I’d love to share every minute!

Luckily, though, Twitter and Facebook keep me connected well enough that, as often as I get a chance, I’ve been updating ‘live-feed’ style. The only thing keeping me from doing it literally as a live feed is that my phone runs out of batteries seemingly as quick as the speed of the Subway trains here (which, while I’m on the topic, are surprisingly easy to navigate!), and it’s difficult to find a place – or, again, the time – to sit down in the middle of the day to charge it. I’m always keeping my eyes peeled wide open for a power outlet everywhere I go, in a not-highly-successful attempt to keep it charged! Even so, I’ve been able to update here and there with pictures and videos and whatnot. So if you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet, definitely do so, and check out my Facebook page as well! If you have any questions about my trip, don’t hesitate to ask me on Formspring!

Yesterday night was the YAGP Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow gala, which was fantastic! Tonight is the gala honoring Natalia Makharova, which – for me, at least – is the real treat; you have no idea how excited I am to see Osipova, Vasiliev, Vishneva, and a host of other international ballet stars LIVE on the stage, not to mention Makharova herself! 

I know this was a short post, but I am honestly flat-out exhausted! I can’t find it in me to write the entire, picture-dense, anecdote-heavy recap of my trip that I do intend to post – tomorrow, or sometime soon. Just not now!

I do have so much to share with you, and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing memories I’ve made and captured in pictures. 

I am sad that today is my last full day here (I leave tomorrow morning), but I did so much and enjoyed every minute of being here that even though this trip was short and compact, I don’t feel like I missed out on too much; and what I do feel like I didn’t get enough of, well – I’m just using that as an excuse for why I absolutely must, I simply have no choice but to, come back to NY soon! VERY SOON🙂

It also helps to remind myself that I’m only going back home for a short while before being back in this same type of atmosphere when I go to Tel-Aviv in the summer. 

I decided this a long time ago, but this trip just reinforces my decision to live my life in the city! As soon as I have the means to get out of the suburbs, I’m OUT of there! New York, or Tel Aviv, or Moscow, or any other big city with culture and open-mindedness and ballet, of course – that’s the place for me. And, luckily, the profession I am in works to my advantage here, pretty much guaranteeing the opportunity to live my life city-style and with a lot of [hopefully international] travel (which I am also very fond of). It does feel good to know what I want to do with my life, and to feel like – if slowly, then surely – I am taking significant strides in the direction of shaping my life the way I want it to look. Things are happening, and it’s good!

Now I really must run, because I have a lot to do and see on my last full day here, and I don’t intend to spend it closed up in a Starbucks (which I can do easily at home)! 

So, I promise a full update, and until then – I hope this suffices to at least assure you all that I am still alive and I have not been victim to anything terrible while in this city by myself! I’m only enjoying myself far too much to bother stopping for any longer than it took me to write this post! 

A little teaser before I run off to what is sure to be another awesome day:

Guess who I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday at the gala? The lovely Aleksandra Efimova of Russian Pointe. She is an incredible lady who I have a world of respect for; I admire her and look up to her success so much. We had a wonderful conversation and I so very much enjoyed telling her about myself and hearing the advice she gave me back; I hope that one day I will have the pleasure of meeting her again – and considering where I am now and where I hope to be in the world of ballet, I’m sure we will cross paths at least one other time in the future! 

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