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Tuesday
Dec142004

My friend, Julie

Julie & I
Julie & I
I'd like to talk about my friend, Julie. We both went to the same dance college way back in the previous century. Julie is a little younger than me but she's always looked after me as if she's older and indeed, she always seems more mature than me.

We were thrown together a lot in those years because our class selections were very similar. She was a co-sufferer of Madame Espinosa's Monday morning classes. We both literally sat through Contemporary classes too. We learnt the Martha Graham method then and with the Graham method, most technical work are floor-work and hence we 'sat' through them.  We also Charlestoned and Can-canned together in Musical Theatre class. We also yodelled in Singing. What I can't remember is, if Julie also 'skyvved' TV Techniques with me.

There was something which Julie taught me and I always tell my students to do it. Dancing is a very physical type of training and sometimes we do end up injured. Injured dancers have to stay off their injured areas but it does not mean they cannot attend classes, take notes and generally keep the brain moving. So Julie said, instead of just taking notes and keeping up mentally, why don't we pay a little attention to one another whilst we are down and out. To note down mistakes and to give some constructive comments. We then progressed to watching during breaks when the other has classes. It really helped. A few years later, during one of my major spring cleaning sessions, I stumbled upon some of the pointers which Julie wrote for me. I have since kept them so well that I cannot remember where they are now.


Julie and I lost touch for many years. By chance, we 'found' each other again through an Internet site. She's now married to Andy with 2 children, Matthew and Samantha. She has just recently undergone another wrist operation, an injury she incurred when she fell in a tap class.

We may be thousands of miles away but we feel 'connected'. When either of us do not hear from the other for a while, text messages will come on the phone, enquiring if all's well. I still cannot help but feel amazed by the advancement of technology where we are able to communicate with one another, so far away, at a click of a button. 

When I feel depressed, or something is bothering me, I will shoot off an email to her. More often than not, she'll return a very sensible reply, depending on what the matter was and if it's me, I can sometimes feel her hand reaching out of the computer monitor and knocking me on the head. And sometimes, if I needed reassuring words, she's always ready to give them.Julie & I ......again
Julie & I ......again

When we 'found' each other again, we somehow 'continued' our friendship from where we left off more than 20 years ago. We may be a lot older but some things do not change. The very same bubbly and vivacious character that helped me through many a homesick day when I was in London.

Reader Comments (5)

ah, you are so kind! Gosh, don't I sound like an arrogant know-all! That's probably because everyone looked as though they were a better dancer than me! We had some grand times, didn't we? Do you remember Chicago Pizza Pie Factory?!!
Oh, and no, I DIDN'T skive TV Techniques with the most incomprehensible teacher of all time - somebody Tozer I believe his name was. I went, I saw and I completely did the blode thing and mis-understood!
Hey - it's not dance is it? So did it matter? - no,.
I can hear you too my dear friend, and I'll send pictures soon
much love
December 21, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
*sigh* these days, you don't know how many times I regretted skiving the TV class, doing technical work and all now (ahem!)
Of course I remembered the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory. How could I not? Celebrated my first birthday away from home.
December 21, 2004 | Registered CommenterKaty
Ah, was it your birthday?!! wow! I must have forgotten that. Nah, you didn't miss anything with 'Norman'. It was all, Camera pan right, enter stage left yawn yawn. I think he had a personality bypass, unlike my great friend John Raven! Now THERE was a character!!
January 13, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Teacher..is that YOU????? Cool.....
June 18, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterpohlynn
Yup, that's me. No, not the blonde one. Although you will be forgiven if you thought so, since I highlighted my hair recently into a blondish shade.
June 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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