Are you sure you're Mormon, or more accurately, LDS (short for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)? I mean, a Mormon who doesn't like fruit in her(?) Jell-O sounds suspicious to me.Originally Posted by nubka
Good for you for taking advantage of and often seeing the good regional ballet company SLC has in Ballet West. Any opportunity to see Balanchine choreography done live by a good company is great.
As for RDT, I danced with them from the mid '70s to the mid '80s. I also choreographed a lot, including programs for four junior skaters and two seniors. Although my dance background helped, choreographing for skating requires a whole different set if skills. I spent a lot of time choreographing skating programs on myself, with my single and double jumps, as well as working with a student in the ballet department who skated much more seriously than I ever did.
Little anecdote: The ballet student who skated got no end of grief from her ballet instructors for skating, especially one instructor. She was quite old, about four feet tall, and would do things such as grab a student out of the shower stark naked and virtually throw her on the scale.
Anyway, whenever the skating student, Shirley, had been skating over the weekend, or even when she hadn't, this particular instructor would grab her thighs, dig her nails in, shake it, and yell, "YOU'VE BEEN FIGURE SKATING AGAIN! HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU IT WILL RUIN YOUR DANCING!"
Shirley kept skating. And she kept dancing--and very well, thank you.
BTW, at RDT nobody ever noticed anything different about my thighs after I'd been skating. I found it strengthened my ankles, calves, quads, gluteals, my back, my abdomenals, and my arms, which is just about every muscle. The term crosstraining wasn't in our vocabulary, but I think skating was a good one for dance as long as I didn't fall too much. So I skated pretty conservatively. But I wasn't competing.
One last thing: I don't know if this is still true, but certainly in the '70s and '80s, Utah had more dancers per capita than New York. The University of Utah was considered the best university dance program in the country and their were also excellent dance programs at Utah State and Brigham Young University.
I also saw the 1984 Nationals/Olympic trials in SLC, which was quite an exciting experience. But just to show the difference in interest in figure skating since back then, even for the ladies finals, the Salt Palace arena (no longer there) was only about a third full. For me the most exciting event was the men's and seeing Scott Hamilton skate at his peak.
Nice to meet a sort of fellow Ute, Nubka.