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A week of the life in New York

July 18th, 2011 Alina Guzman Art, Night out on the town 2 Comments

I realized that I had an uncharacteristically active week that just passed. Monday night I went to the Bryant Park film festival. Tuesday night was my Broadway experience.  Thursday after work I went to my first ever hip hop dance class. One of my besties, Bonnie, often takes classes at Dance New Amsterdam and asked me to join. I was obviously super excited at first and couldn’t wait. Day of, however, I was starting to get butterflies and imagined just about 100 different scenarios where I could get out of this commitment. Even after I paid and was waiting for class to begin, I thought of leaving- everyone just looked so into it and I have no rhythm whatsoever. Long story short, I ended up going through with it. The instructor goes through the steps pretty fast and I was able to keep up, I just looked stupid doing it (I have no swag). Now I appreciate the talented dancers on SYTYCD even more. I think next time I’ll go back for a contemporary dance class, that IS my favorite style after all.

On Saturday, I went to the Merce Fair | Lincoln Center Festival. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed two ballets- Duets (1980) and Squaregame (1976) with a musical performance “Entr’acte” during the intermission. I wish I could say it was brilliant. But the truth is I don’t understand modern ballet for the life of me. Give me 10 minutes with someone who does and I’d be set.

This was part of the Andy Warhol exhibit in the fair. We played with the balloons for a bit before the ballet began.

I ended my week of activity with a lounge at the beach. I went to Coney Island for the second Sunday in a row to get some swimming time in. The water was pretty cold but it was still fun. Afterwards, I walked along the boardwalk and went to the amusement park for the first time! Been living in NY so long but never trusted/had any interest to go there. Maybe next time I should go on a weekday because it was super packed. I did find some rides I want to try though. For another day..

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