Adventures at the Kennedy Center

What a crazy week I spent in D.C.
Remember how I got here? (Refresher here
One thing I didn’t mention was that everyone else had been rehearsing for three weeks before I even got there.  I was called to fill in for a beautiful dancer who unfortunately got a concussion and was unable to perform.  Therefore, my first two days were spent learning ALL of the choreography, and then passing out between 9:30-10:30 pm because my brain was exhausted.  
But it was all so worth it!
I eventually learned all of the choreography and I had truly an amazing time!  This piece was so out of my comfort zone, but having a week to get this Kennedy Center ready pushed me like never before.  I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity and to go on this adventure the Lord set out for me. 
Below are some pictures from my adventure:

Day two.  Learning the fast footwork inspired by the tango.
Danced with Davit Hovhannisyan, principal dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet.
Spent an afternoon after rehearsals at an incredible house with an even more beautiful backyard.
“Stepping into heaven”
They had two beautiful fat cats that I obviously fell in love with.
Oh, and a deer visited us!
Eek! The Kennedy Center!
Is this real life?!
I felt so official with my Kennedy Center pass.
This picture doesn’t show it, but we had a HUGE dressing room for just us three girls.
Had to leave a piece of me.  This is in the drawer in our dressing room.
Let’s do this! Ready to tango on opening night.
It was such a great show! After opening night, a donor couple graciously opened their home to us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 
They lived in THE Watergate building! It has been redone and made into beautiful homes, right next to the Kennedy Center.
The girls and our wonderful Argentinian choreographer, Jorge Amarante.
Group selfie! I was surrounded by wonderfully talented people.  Truly an inspiring experience.
In my apartment in Alexandria on the last day! I love the last performance, leaving it all on stage.
Look who got to FINALLY see me dance!! It was very special to have him there.  Brought me flowers and everything:)
It all happened so fast, it doesn’t even seem real.  I think that’s why it has taken me so long to post about it.  I needed some time to process it all.  
I’m so thankful for everyone’s encouragement to me take this on.  Words mean so much.  They can build up and tear down with such strength.  I urge you to choose your words wisely and be intentional about building up others around you. 
Inspire fearlessly.  
Encourage big dreams.  
Instill confidence. 

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