Day 12 (opening night!) 4pm post


Ahhh! I can’t stop saying ah! I am still in disbelief that it’s opening night of our performance series in Taipei! I’ve been looking forward to this for so long. I have been excitedly anticipating this trip ever since Ming invited us last season, but I have been wanting to dance abroad professionally ever since I was a little girl. Getting paid to travel and do what you love? Someone pinch me. Yay dreams✨

Ok sorry for the cheesy Hallmark movie moment, it’s mostly out of my system now. After getting to the theater early this morning I was having an equally blubbery moment thanking Ping (BodyEDT codirector and dancer) when she noticed I had an apple on my dressing room place. “You take apple?” she said. “Yes I got it off the food table earlier,” I said. “Ohhh,” she said, “I’m sorry you have to put that back. It hasn’t been blessed yet.” That snapped me out of my blubbering sentimental moment. I had been the stupid American who had taken the forbidden fruit without waiting for it to be blessed! Ugh I’m the worst! I apologized profusely and ran to put my apple back on the table. I haven’t had an apple in 2 weeks but I don’t plan on trying to have anymore while I’m here. I was so embarrassed!! Sorry to any ancestors I disrespected!😳🙈

Snapped back to reality, I focused on getting ready for class and the dress rehearsal. I did my hair in my fancy “Aposiopesis” getup (lotso braids and twists) and stretched. Class was the perfect amount of hard but not too exhausting before a long theater day. It’s one of my favorite things to get into “the zone” as a company. Then we had our dress rehearsal for Program A. “Aposiopesis” actually went pretty well! Fingers crossed it can go well again tonight🤞

Now we have an hour before the group theater prayer at 5 (no unblessed apples this time) and warmup at 5:40. During this time, the company dancers on costume duty are washing our costumes. They smell rankkkk. Maggi’s (our artistic director’s) biggest note to us after the dress rehearsal was that she could smell us from the audience. Yum!😝 Thank goodness the theater offered for us to use their washers and dryers and it’s a fixable problem! Also thanks to the theater staff for finding Michael’s sweatpants…after he took off his costume to be washed he was butt naked walking around trying to find them for an uncomfortable amount of time…t’s a good thing we’re all family here👨‍👨‍👧‍👧😂

I’ll report back tonight after the show! Zi Chin!