by Penda N’diaye
Spring is finally here in New York! After travelling to various cities where we envied the sunshine and warmer temperatures, it feels ahhh-mazing to be home and in the company of longer days, windy evenings, and beautiful blossoms. I have to admit that for the first week back from our tour I took advantage of every possible opportunity to SLEEP. There were a few mornings I woke up in a cold sweat thinking I had overslept, that maybe my hotel roommate neglected to wake me up and I had missed some part of rehearsal :). During this first week my days consisted of catching up with friends and re-discovering my neighborhood. I made a trip to the MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, saw a Yankees game and made sure to hit up some rooftop parties. I even braved traveling via BoltBus and made a trip to D.C. for a red carpet event. Simply put I was getting back into
However, as some of you know, it’s difficult to be still for too long. I was thankful to get back to work. Only this time, I was working from behind my computer. The Dancer Development Program is a program created by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion that has given the dancers in the company the opportunity to gain valuable administrative, marketing and development skills that are intended to long surpass our dancing careers. For me, it has proven to be a valuable source of income while we are not touring or rehearsing. I have been working closely with our director Kyle Abraham, helping him to organize his calendar and schedule while also scheduling company rehearsals and reserving studio space.
I have to admit that at first I was a little nervous to be responsible for the company’s schedule. I have been known to procrastinate a few times in my lifetime ::wink wink:: but I have surprised myself and have found my inner business woman. I received a minor in business from NYU and this is really the first time I have put it to use! The fact that AIM has a new office space in Park Slope only puts a spark in my dream of one day running my own business. It has been rewarding to utilize my other strengths.
Speaking of other skills, I have been recently appointed company liaison! I am responsible for effectively communicating any concerns amongst the dancers to Kyle and the rest of the Abraham.In.Motion staff. It has greatly reminded me that we are a family, and it is pertinent to have open communication when working and travelling so closely with your colleagues. Let’s just say it isn’t always glamorous to live with those you work with :). This new responsibility has definitely set me up to stretch myself beyond dancing and perhaps has given me the confidence and motivation to find my voice in a company small in numbers but large in diversity.
Some of the company is heading to the UK to perform Pavement this week, while others are working in the office and gearing up for our next performance here in NY this July. I’m looking forward to spending every free moment I have taking classes, lounging in the park, laughing with friends and discovering the city all over again!!