A Blessed Day
On Thursday, February 9, the year of our lord 2017, the snow gods blessed us with a blizzard. But all was not so cut and dry! No… I woke up Thursday morning at 7:15, checked my email, and saw a memo saying that “all planned classes and rehearsals would continue as usual.” I looked outside at the storm, sighed, and got out of bed. I went downstairs, got breakfast, and then walked over to the Juilliard building to start my daily pre-class workout. As I sat there holding my plank, I looked out the window and thought to myself “Goodness… Classes may still be on but nobody’s going to be able to make it!” I finished my plank, took a breath, and then felt my phone buzz. I looked down at the screen with bated breath… Could it be? No, it would be too good to be true… I unlocked my phone… And low and behold I see an email saying that “due to the weather all classes are cancelled for the day.” I looked up at the snow… tears streaming down my face… “Thank you.” I whispered. Indeed… The snow gods had truly blessed us on that day.
OK. So perhaps tears weren’t streaming down my face. But I was still pretty happy! Around here things are pretty much in full swing 24/7, so a day off is a rare blessing. The irony of the situation being that I actually still ended up having a rehearsal for a piece that I am performing in for February Choreographic Workshop, but hey, a day with dance is ALWAYS better than a day without. Outside of just dancing, there’s a good number of other things that we as Juilliard students need to get done throughout the week, and this day had opened up as the perfect opportunity to get all of those nitty gritty little things out of the way. But first… I went to central park. (Because what better way to appreciate the winter wonderland that is snow in NYC?)
Aside of running around getting frozen toes, a few other people in my class and myself decided to get back into the warmth and play a good round of cards against humanity. It was good for everyone to be able to get together outside of the dance studios and just have a good heart to heart. Additionally, I was happy to be able to get my reading done for Society & Politics, edit my music for the pieces I am choreographing in February Choreographic Workshop, and just drink tea and look out the window at the winter wonderland below.
As I sit here in one of my favorite coffee shops on Columbus Avenue, (Neighborhood Green Bakery) I look out onto the street and see what’s left of that day… And to be honest it’s not much seeing as it’s been over 40 for the past two days. But that’s just how it goes I guess. Snow comes, snow goes, and in the meantime I sit here on Columbus Ave and 73rd, silently offering up just one small question to the grey clouds floating silently above:
“Perhaps we could do it all again next week?”
Juilliard Dance 2020