© 2016 by KAYLEE RANDALL.​

Bienvenido a Miami and Royal Caribbean Dancer Rehearsals

September 20, 2016

I survived my first week of rehearsals at the Royal Caribbean Studios and I must say, there have been so many emotions. Obviously this week has been a huge adjustment period and I'm delighted to be on the other end of it. Here's the breakdown:

 

Sunday, 9/11/16

 

7:00 p.m.

After a really fun girls' weekend in West Palm Beach with my gorgeous family, I moved down to North Miami to prepare for rehearsals.

 

8:30 p.m.

Go to Publix. Attempt to buy healthy food. Fail at said attempt.

 

10:00 p.m.

Realize I left all my dance shoes at my parents' house (yep, probably going to need those). Good thing the house isn't too far. Only about a 25 minute drive.

 

11:00 p.m.

Arrive back in Miami. By this point, none of my roommates had arrived since they had later flights into town so I binge-watched HGTV and fell asleep.

 

Monday, 9/12/16

 

7:00 a.m.

Still no roommates. Kind of strange, since the room is set up for four people. At first, I was disappointed to not be able to hang out with new friends and learn all about them. But then I remembered that come October I'll be sharing a room the size of a closet with another person for seven months on the ship. So I'll take all the space I can get for now.

 

8:45 a.m.

Attend orientation. Was asked a fun fact about myself. I told everyone that I was born with black hair and blue eyes. It's fun because now I'm blonde with brown eyes. Ok, moving on.

 

2:00 p.m.

We get back from lunch and start learning our first show "Can't Stop The Rock". I also start learning that my cardio is not on point.

 

12:00 a.m.

Struggle to sleep in my tiny bed and cry because I miss my boyfriend. But at least I have someone to miss, right?

 

Tuesday, 9/13/16

 

8:30 a.m. 

New hire training which was somehow even more boring than orientation was. They do their best to make it quick and painless, but there really isn't a fun way to talk about sexual harassment. 

 

2:00 p.m.

More rehearsal where we learned the opener. It ends with a straddle to the floor. Enough said.

 

10:00 p.m.

Lay in bed watching a ton of HGTV. I think I'm addicted.

 

Wednesday, 9/14/16

 

10:30 a.m.

Shoe fitting. I was excited about this because I'm female so clearly I love shoes. Stoked to try out Menkes heels. We'll see how they compare to my LaDuca's.

 

11:00 a.m.

More rehearsal and this show is no joke. For example, passe ball change double pirouette into a fouette turn chaines up chaines down fan kick to the ground and pop right back up, all in one eight count. I wasn't ready. 

 

9:00 p.m.

Movie date with Jarvis. We saw "Sully" with Tom Hanks and wow! The plot was a little slow at some points but what an incredible story. And Tom was brilliant, duh.

 

Thursday, 9/15/16

 

9:30 a.m.

"When Doves Cry" is in the show and we worked on that for most of the morning. Feels so good to dance to Prince (RIP) and his music gave me a few moments of true appreciation that I get to do this for living. But then I remembered how my inner thigh was about to rip off and that brought me back down to earth. 

 

8:00 p.m.

Head down to Mingles to watch Ru Paul's Drag Race with the cast. Wine and pimento cheese in tow. Yes queens!

 

Friday, 9/16/16

 

9:30 a.m.

We worked on our Fosse "Bye Bye Love" number today and I was living for it. Then I was told I'm the swing for this number and I was sad. But whatever, you better believe I'll be doing my hip rolls and Fosse fingers backstage every show. 

 

7:30 p.m.

Gorged myself at Chick-Fil-A with Kim. So worth it.

 

Saturday, 9/17/16

 

9:30 a.m.

Yep, we have six day work weeks. But it's all good because we're getting so close to finishing this show! We worked on our 60's beach party number. It's mostly blocking and acting, and my character is the shimmy girl. Use your imagination with that one.

 

4:00 p.m.

Began my drive up to Orlando to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. He turned 33 today! A girl named Jess from the Quantum cast needed a ride up as well and she's an Aussie so it was wonderful getting to know her on the drive.

 

10:30 p.m.

Head downtown to meet up with my friends to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and a successful first week of rehearsals. It was so rejuvenating to sleep in my own bed. 

Overall, I was so sore. I watched a lot of HGTV. I cried because change is scary. I laughed at my insanely hilarious cast. I was inspired by dance again and again. And I'm loving it. Looking forward to another six weeks here in Miami.

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