Saturday, June 23, 2012
Day 4: Solo performances...and MORE solo performances!
Day 4 began with a much-needed warm-up. Today was it - the day each nominee was to take the stage alone to perform the solo they'd work on so intensively with their coach these past few days. Now was the time for Director Van Kaplan and Choreographer Kiesha Lalama to have their first looks at these solos which tomorrow's judging panel will use to help decide the eventual winners of the 2012 Jimmy Awards. Van and Kiesha sat center stage as each participant took their spot on the "X." One by one each of the 60 students performed for the audience of staff members, peers and new-found friends. Nerves were heightened, but the morning was filled with plenty of laughter and ended with a ringing sense of accomplishment after Van and Kiesha shared tips, tricks and advice with many of the nominees, ending the four-hour long session with a hearty "congratulations." After an evening of medley rehearsal, the nominees will be fully prepared for tomorrow's preliminary session with the judges. Break a leg, everyone!