My whirlwind: The last few weeks

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post and I sincerely apologise.  I’m hoping that writing to you about what I have been up to will make up for my absence.

For the past few months I have been involved in a Cancer Council NSW fundraiser called ‘Stars of the Beaches.’  Similar to ‘Dancing With The Stars’, I was given a dance partner (local hero) with no dance experience whatsoever and a style of dance to choreograph to.  I was so ecstatic to be picked as a choreographer and dance teacher that I delved into getting started straight away.  I picked a fun song to go along with our genre, ‘musical theatre.’

As the performance night drew closer we were rehearsing at least 3 days per week. Moreover, we were both working full time, and although I was able to cook up some yummy dishes, I had not been able to write about them.  Then my life got even busier! Dad arrived from California.  We had so much planned that cooking was out of the question.  We did eat at some great places though.

After dad recovered from jet lag we had a nice day planned out at the Taronga Zoo! It was a glorious day until the weather turned cold, wet, and windy.  We ended up racing back to the car! Sydney weather can be so unpredictable!

Luckily the weather blew through and we had some beautifully sunny days thereafter.

I have to say I am such a lucky girl.   Dad bought us front row tickets to Cindy Lauper’s new musical ‘Kinky Boots!’  There’s nothing better than a bit of inspiration from the professionals.  The show was AMAZING!!! I was sitting at the edge of my seat the whole way through and left with a permanent grin on my face.  The lead was a sensational actor, dancer and singer and the rest of the cast blew my mind!  I highly recommend seeing it before it leaves Sydney.

Just before the show we indulged in pre-dinner and drinks at The Canopy located by Museum Station at Hyde Park, only a few blocks away from the Capitol Theatre.  The menu was simple but quite tasty and contemporary.  I ordered the Confit Duck Leg, served with roasted Kipfler potatoes, broccolini, beetroot relish and red wine jus.  Can I just say ‘that sauce!’ Yum!  I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants casual dining and good food!

Kinky Boots helped to light a fire in my tummy and the next few days I made some important changes to my own choreography.  Feeling very please with myself I shared my progress with my partner and father at an adults day out.

We went to The Bistro at Manly Pavilion.  The Pavilion had just been renovated in the last year with a modern/classic look.  The restaurant itself is beautifully designed and looks out over the Manly Wharf.  The service was impeccable!  The food was modern, healthy and delicious and the drinks were outstanding.

We started off with a Bloody Mary cocktail which was out of this world!  If there were a competition for the best Bloody Mary, The Bistro would win!  Next we decided to order from their lunch menu deal which was 2 courses and a glass of wine for $40pp.  It was a good deal and definitely worth it.  I had the Baby Calamari which was lightly crusted, which I love, and served with salt, pepper, lemon and a homemade aioli.  My next course was the Ora King salmon, Cloudy Bay clams, zucchini puree, soft herbs, and kipfler potato.  I cook a good salmon but this one, I have to admit, was just perfect and melted in my mouth.  In fact, I believe it is the best salmon I have ever had while dining out.  I paired my seafood selections with a fruitful and crisp Sauvignon Blanc.  It was a magical afternoon with outstanding food, mouthwatering views, and exceptional service. To top it off, the company was stellar!

After Dad went back to California, it was back to work with conferences and rehearsals all week.  Then, all of a sudden it was show time!  Grant and I were well rehearsed and ready to perform. We were a bit nervous but that soon went away once we started to have fun.

I choreographed a 1920’s style piece that included acting, jazz dance, Lindy Hop and gymnastics to the song ‘That Man’.  We had lifts, jumps, and audience interaction.   And oh boy did we get an audience reaction! I went upside down in a handstand to do a spread eagle and Grant dipped a woman in the audience.  The crowd roared! Being onstage with such a great audience made us perform better than we possible could have imagined and I was so proud of Grant and I.  We received 3rd place overall, which was amazing considering the competition hailed from shows such as ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’  Although there was a little bit of friendly competitiveness, the true reason for the night was to raise crucial funds for cancer research, programs, prevention and advocacy.   The event in whole raised almost $80K so it was a job well done to everyone involved.  It was truly an unforgettable night which makes me even more excited for what the future has in store.

It was a few fun filled weeks to be proud of.  Thank you for coming along with me on my journey.

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