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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Kind of like a snow day…

The week after the week after. The following items are related.

1. Midwinter production/performance week, check. Evaluation week (i.e. the week I apply to many jobs), check. Coppélia-rehearsals-begin week: in progress.

2. I didn’t intend to be writing many blogs this week after seeing our rehearsal schedule combined with the terrifying prospect of whipping my BSI paper into shape.

3. This winter has been extremely temperate. Last year, we had two snow days thanks to the ice storm which coated the campus and its environs. The “Icepocalypse,” we called it. This year, there are no snow days for us, which suits me just fine. I like warmer weather.

4. The reason I am writing now and not frantically finishing English homework?

All dance classes have been unexpected cancelled. Snow is not the reason. Instead, we must blame the Lilly Hall sewage system backup which flooded a basement mechanical room last night and resulted in all the water being shut off/bathrooms being closed.

Facebook has been rather amusing, with all the sewage jokes. You fill in the blanks — I’ve included one of the tamer examples below.

Still, I’m a bit conflicted. I enjoy being lazy, I promise! But I’m disappointed/waiting for the backlash of the missed day: I had over three hours of rehearsal scheduled, and learning new material is always exciting. Plus, I’m sure we’ll have to make up for lost time over the next few days.

One thing is for sure. This is probably the oddest reason classes have been cancelled.

Student Choreography. Like mad.

Student Choreography is over! I breathe a humongous sigh of relief. Free time is mine! (Sortofnotreally.)

More time to explore Butler's campus! (Except this picture was taken a few weeks ago, and now it's freezing and I wore two coats today.)

What is Student Choreography? The annual Student Choreography Showcase is a forum for student-choreographed, student-danced, and student-run works. There is always a Senior Showcase for those senior dance majors in the Choreography 3 class, but that is only for people in a certain class, and they have a lot of faculty guidance. Student Choreography is a bit like the baby birds being pushed out of the nest, except no one’s doing any pushing. We all jump.

Basically, dance majors choreograph pieces on their fellow students and show their work to any who care to come. The largest dance studio is converted into a theater, complete with a light plot, wings, mini-bleachers for the audience… the whole deal. The audience always overflows onto the floor, there are so many people, and this year was even more crowded than usual, since the two nights of shows actually featured different programs.

This is unusual, since normally there is one show that runs for two nights instead of the other way around. However, this year brought an unprecedented number of choreographers–I think the final tally was fifteen. Thus the splitting into two programs.

How was I involved? Freshman year: Light board operator. Sophomore: Danced in one piece. Junior: Danced in two pieces and choreographed my own.

The shows all went really well, and I’m very glad I participated. But. I am also very glad I have a few more hours to do homework each week, since the choreography and rehearsal process was as time-consuming as I thought it’d be… which is to say, very.

More on Student Choreography over the next few days. I’ve been a somewhat sporadic blogger, I know. Having class two nights a week plus study tables for physics another night kind of eliminates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from blogging-available time. Many apologies, but that’s the way it is.