So the title of this blog is technically “Victoria Travels”. Since we’re all friends here, let us informally rename it “Victoria’s Adventures”.
Why rename it, Victoria? Didn’t you work so hard to find a completely neutral, all-encompassing name so that you’d be all set no matter where you go?
Well…yes and no, imagined reader audience. Because when I started this blog, I didn’t expect to end up traveling to…(drum roll, please)
And by “traveling to” I really mean “moving to”.
“But Victoria!” you’re all crying out, “what about Boston? What about all your friends? What about meeting such great people and living in a wonderful apartment and doing circus and just kind of winning at life?”
Let me start from the beginning.
We want to congratulate you on being accepted into the 2012 – 2013 Professional Track Training Program at NECCA. We look forward to working with you during the program that runs from Sept 4 until May 19.” This is the beginning of an email I received on Monday. You see, I applied for a professional training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. It consisted of a written application, audition video, letters of recommendation, invitation to their (7 hour) audition (consisting of interview, dance, theater, strength, and flexibility assessment), and finally, this email! There’s two programs they offer for professional development: the Intensive program, which is 10 months and in a nutshell focuses on skill development, and the 9 month Professional Track program which is focused on act development and marketing/developing yourself into a performer/teacher. I’ve been accepted into the Pro Track program!
I’m super excited about this. Several of my friends were also accepted, so there’s quite a crew of us heading up next year. What does all that have to do with this blog? Well, those 9 months are going to be a ridiculous adventure. I tend to process everything better when I can write about it, so I figured why not use this travel/adventure blog to help you guys through my adventure, too?
I suppose this is my pre-adventure post! (Hah..it’s my pre-post. Oh, language.) In light of that, let’s go through where I’m at right now.
I train several times a week: I have advanced partner acro class on Wednesdays, lyra (aerial hoop) on Thursdays, trapeze on Friday, and open gym on Sundays as well as spinjams (juggling! acro! handstands!) on Mondays. I’m starting to do more rope tricks on trapeze, which is starting to push me toward realizing I may someday need to know some actual skills on silks. (I can do a few!) Right now I’m most interested in continuing in acro, lyra and trapeze. I’d also like to improve my handstands, though I doubt I’d consider major or minoring in hand balancing. I think I’d most likely major in trapeze (and lyra?) and minoring in partner acro. You can’t really do a double major, but the program hasn’t even started yet, so I’m not worried about it.
Anyway, at this point there’s not too much to say, but keep your eyes out and before you know it, I’ll be on my way!