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The big happenings in my life revolve around the dance department for the moment. We’ve been rehearsing, rehearsing for our Midwinter Dance Festival. As I’m sure you know by now — since I keep talking about it — this year’s commissioned piece is Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, being set by guest artist Kevin Irving.
So far we’ve learned a group dance and various duets. The piece is actually mostly a series of duets. I had a rehearsal on Friday morning and learned my section, third “naked” pas at the beginning of the piece. (Explanation for the epithet: We’re wearing flesh-colored leotards.)
This Saturday, I worked with Mr. Irving for two hours on the duet. I ate half a sandwich while he worked with the first two duets, then we tried to string the first section together into the group dance. The group dance came next, then one of the pas from the end of the piece — and then a costume fitting! The costumes are beautiful, and mine actually fit. This might be the first time in a very long time I haven’t required a zillion alterations.
I simply must include a plug for Mr. Irving. I love working with him. He is demanding but clear, and he goes at just about the perfect pace for my learning preferences. Also, one of my best friends is the principal dancer in one of the other Midwinter pieces as well as understudying three parts in Por Vos Muero. So as much as I feel busy… She’s like a superwoman.
Every year, I try to think of a clever Halloween costume. For some reason, this is usually extremely difficult. I cobble something together at the last minute. (see last year). When I see what my friends have invented, I’m always impressed.
Though Oct 31 is this Monday, I went to a Halloween potluck last night. Some of the awesome costumes I saw:
- Two crayons — complete with conical party hats for the tips
- The Incredibles
- Rosie the Riveter
- A steampunk villain — which I completely called as I tried to explain how a top hat and spray-painted Nerf gun comprised a steampunk aesthetic
- Lady Godiva and a chocolate box
- The girl with a dragon tattoo
- Where is Waldo?
- two Cat in the Hats
This year, I had no ideas. When my boyfriend found a pirate hat and decided pirate it was, I decided to go as a parrot. I bought a huge bag of feathers, waited until the last minute to construct my costume… then sewed feathers for two hours before the potluck. It worked better than I thought it would.
The difference between high school and college? I usually didn’t do too much to mark the occasion in high school, so dressing up wasn’t that big a deal. Now I still don’t like to go overboard, but I love events like this costume potluck since college students tend to go all out with Halloween costumes. I felt like I had to put a little effort into my costume to hold my own.
What are some other creative Halloween costumes you’ve seen?