We finished up our European tour of Austria with huge bang. Literally. The local Austrians at our "Stars of Tomorrow" show in Absam set off fireworks to help the Americans celebrate the 4th of July. I thought it was a grand gesture on their part to do that. We loved the fireworks show, then celebrated with a "BBQ" after! (Only in quotes because their version of a BBQ is not quite like ours in Texas, lol). I could not be more proud to be a part of a wonderfully loving staff for the Young!Tanzsommer tour. And this year was no exception. As usual, we worked our tails off...took part in over 47 activities in 23 days, with 7 different dance companies, 100 dancers, I set and choreographed 2 different finales and I Choreographed/Directed another Flash Mob in Innsbruck Austria with 120 local dancers plus 40 of our "Stars of Tomorrow" dancers in the middle of Innsbruck's busiest train station. Whew!!
But please, you think we're all work and no play? Pashaw! (Not sure what that means...I just like the sound of it, lol) We had a great time visiting Salzburg Austria, Venice Italy, Lienz Austria & several other cities...I climbed to the top of the highest peak in Innsbruck, celebrated my local friends' birthdays, ate so much delicious food and GELATO!!, and even got to play in the snow! (Check out the pics here) And as always, during all of the work, we're all laughing away...just as a workplace should be ;)
And in the midst of all my regular work, I championed together 4 different local schools in Innsbruck plus our American dancers to take part in a Flash Mob at the train station. (Pics here, Unedited video here) I need to send a thousand thank you's to 2 very special people of which NONE of this would have been possible if not for their tireless efforts. Our Austrian Director of Outreach and Coordinator, Almut Schobesberger, who not only coordinated all the schools that participated, but scrambled to pick up a school when one dropped out AND graciously acted as my chauffeur when I needed to be in 2 different places at once. (All I can say is, you don't know adventure until you drive with a German born in a Land Rover doing 70kmh through the winding, might I add tiny, roads of the Alps, lol). And my lovely Associate Choreographer, Katharina Bergant, who not only served me well by translating EVERYTHING I said into German so the kids would understand, took time away from her university finals studying schedule, but also did the wicked-fast dance I choreographed FULL OUT everytime. Little did I know how tiring it was until day of show, and while in the midst of doing it, I look back at her and scream, "I'm SO tired! What the hell was I thinking?? Why did you let me do this??" Lol. Katharina and Almut, a thousand hugs & kisses to you both. Next year? We do it all over again?? :)
And so, I finally got home and fell into the arms of mi Vida. Best welcome home ever<3 I will never be able to thank her enough for her patience and *cough cough* understanding ;)
Now re-energizing for the Glenda Brown Choreography Project I'll be teaching and dancing for at the end of July, then coming back to rehearsals for a dance project here in LA with the incomparable Janet Roston in August, then off to Houston Grand Opera rehearsals in September! As always, I'm beyond grateful. Thank you, Universe.