January 28, 2012: Berkeley
It’s always fun to be back in Berkeley. The cool topography of this site clearly reminded the architects who developed the north Berkeley hills of the great hill towns of southern France and the Italian coast—places like Roquebrune and Amalfi. The hills are sprinkled with staircases and walking paths, so that one can go exploring right between all the cool houses. Up, up, up all the way to Tilden Park—my legs are going to pay for this!!
A fun afternoon for an audition—unseasonably warm, great sun, and a happy crowd in the theater in front of the studio, enjoying a matinee of “Grease.” Back in Berkeley Ballet Theater’s studio, we’re enjoying Lucy Hudson’s rendition of opera standards re-cut for ballet class—even some Philip Glass-like music for our adagio, challenging and fun. And how great to see Aimee Ozeki, who trained with Carol and me as a little girl, all grown up and dancing so well. Quick into the car and off across the Bay bridge to the airport, so that I can get to LA in time for tomorrow’s audition!