Isaac's competition was in Denver last year, but his coaches thought San Francisco was a better fit for him. He is bringing four solos including his first contemporary piece which I have not yet seen. (He shows me his dances while he is home for breaks. He's usually in jeans and is dancing on the grass so I don't get the full picture, but I can at least get an idea.) While we are in San Francisco, he is auditioning for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy which is Russia's premier ballet school. The competition is very stiff so we shall see. I will keep you all posted.
Since it can't always be about Isaac, I get to bring along our nine year old, too. It will be her first flight and she is bursting at the seams with excitement. I mean, she loves her brother and all, but really it is about the airplane. The three of us will get to do some touring together. We've established the tradition of visiting a local botanical garden the morning of the competition. It gets us out of the hotel room which is prone to stewing and nervousness, it isn't physically taxing, it is warm and it is a calming atmosphere. On the first day of competition, we will visit here:
|San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.|
We hope to some of the traditional tourist things like visiting the piers and watching the sea lions, going to Alcatraz and driving some of the famous SF streets. There will be times when Ike will be in rehearsal and can't come with us. During one of those times, we will go to the Legion of Honor Fine Art Museum. My very artistic girl is looking forward to that almost as much as the airplane ride.
I am 8 months pregnant and at the advice of a flight attendant friend, got a note from my doctor. It should be interesting to fly with my huge belly full of water! I also have a head cold which I am praying will suddenly disappear before tomorrow morning.
Watch for regular updates!
PS If you should feel so inclined, please keep our boy in your prayers. It is a ton of pressure for a young boy. This weekend could potentially decide his life's career path.