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Ballet Zaida: The Tide

Nicole Voris

On Monday we released our latest film, The Tide. We are so proud of all of our work, and this piece is no exception.  It gives me chills every time I watch it.

The music is by Ken Mankin & Ariel llies.  We had never worked with spoken word before, but this amazing piece, with poetry by Ken Mankin and music by Ariel Ilies, was perfect to start with. 

Oliver, Stephen, and I have known and worked together for almost a full 10 years now.  Stephen is Oliver's and my best friend.  We all know each other so well that we completely trust one another.  When we work together it's pretty spectacular because we really know what the others are thinking.

As a partner I completely trust Stephen.  I can through my body at him and I know he will never drop me, plus we also make something really cool.  The day we made this we filmed a lot of different lifts just in case we would need them.  Not all of them made the final cut, but we did some work that I have never seen done before.  Stephen and I just allowed our bodies and gravity to work together to make new exciting partnering.

We hope you enjoy the film!  If you do please like, comment and share! 

Saturday morning beach adventure

Nicole Voris

 

 

Early on a Saturday morning we headed out.  That early there was little traffic, an unusual occurrence in Los Angeles.  

After an hour of driving through the Calabasas hills we arrived at the "hidden" beach. Hello El Matador!   It was still super foggy when we arrived around 9 am.  Hiking down a mix of steep trails and staircases we begin to see the rocks and boulders reaching out from the sand.

 

It was both stunning and creepy at the same time.  I couldn’t decide if it reminded more of the opening scene of a horror film or a romantic comedy.

 

Walking down the beach we navigated around rocks, boulders, and caves to come to our morning spot. 

 

In the next fifteen minutes the June gloom began to burn off revealing a new gorgeous scene.  This beach was so different from the other Los Angeles beaches I have been to.  Despite being surrounded by luxury homes, the boulders and caves block the view.  It gives you the impression that you are hundreds of miles away from civilization and only you and your fellow beach goers exist.  (The lack of Internet access probably contributes to this feeling.)

I feel lucky that I got to experience this gorgeous morning and am anxious to go back.  The ocean is healing to the soul.   If you get a chance to experience this beach try not to pass it up!!  Be sure to check the tide though, don't get stuck when it's high!

Avalon, New Jersey

Jeanette Kakareka

When I was a child, once a year, my family would drive down to Avalon, New Jersey. We would rent the same charming, little house for one week. As I got older, I could no longer make it because I was required to go to summer intensives and now my company contract sometimes conflicts with our available week. This year, however, the weeks coordinated and I was able to go along with everyone else!

My mom packed me a little basket to welcome me when I arrived!

My mom packed me a little basket to welcome me when I arrived!

Weeks like this are so luxurious to me. No public transportation, no extraneous responsibilities, no need to stay super fit. I can wake up late if I want or get up early. I can video chat my boyfriend. Go down to the beach. Read a book. Take a nap. Go downtown to the shops. Drink coffee all day like water. I rarely get the true luxury of being lazy and “wasting” time however I want to, so I tried to take advantage of the days spent in this way.

I went down the beach, of course, (just a block and a half away,) and jumped in the waves. The water was actually quite warm this year, so we were able to stay out longer than usual. I also had 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami to keep me occupied.

My family introduced me to the cutest coffee shop I’ve seen, second only to the replica of Central Perk in Liverpool. Almond Joy cappuccino, please.

Coffee Talk located on 3rd and 97th.

Coffee Talk located on 3rd and 97th.

I was determined to take a nice sunset photo this week. The day I brought my camera we were downtown near the shops and the sun was quickly setting. Out of desperation, my brothers, one of their girlfriends, and I also walked down to the end of one road not knowing if we would be able to see anything. Luckily, we were not disappointed and sat a while.

A photo of my brother, Charles, and his girlfriend, Ellen Lewis. Taken with my Canon.

A photo of my brother, Charles, and his girlfriend, Ellen Lewis. Taken with my Canon.

It’s so refreshing to feel truly guilt-free about enjoying my down-time! I haven’t been able to feel that way for quite a long time, and I’m grateful to have gotten a whole week of it with my family.

Here is my dad making our fortress impenetrable.

Here is my dad making our fortress impenetrable.