Xo. -Prince Coca @ The Met.
I cannot believe another year has nearly flown by. We are two days away from 2018, and I have a long list of things to be thankful for from this past year. From the performances I was able to be a part of, to the touring I did, to my promotion to Soloist with ABT, the numerous experiences I had both on and off stage, and love I've received from so many of you. Life has truly been wonderful these last twelve months. As I look ahead on the new year, I dream, hope, and desire to grow and learn as much as I can. I want to do more private coaching for roles that I have coming up, and roles I still aspire to dance one day. I want to give back in some way either through teaching or community service. I would love to travel to a part of the world I've never been before. I will try my best to find balance and staying focused on whatever I'm working on at that moment. I reach out my arms and heart to all that lies ahead of me. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!
So here we are, another fall. The year is flying by so quickly. Its had its highs and lows, but overall I can say I've learned a lot and have grown so much. Rewinding a bit, I had an incredibly nature filled summer after my Spring Season with ABT at the Met. After a couple shows with my friend Gemma Bond at the Joyce Theater, I was off to Vail Colorado, and Sun Valley Idaho, both of which were beautiful and picturesque. Once the performances came to a close, I spent two weeks on a break in California with my love, and I'm currently back to rehearsals at the ABT studios for my Fall Season performances at Lincoln Center. The opening is right around the corner, and I have a full list of ballets that I'm really excited to dance. A new creation by Alexei Ratmansky titled "Songs of Bukovina" set to a series of preludes by composer Leonid Desyatnikov, the return of Alexei Ratmansky's "Serenade After Plato's Symposium", I'll reprise my roles in Frederick Ashton's "Symphonic Variations" and Jessica Lang's "Her Notes", and join the first cast in Benjamin Millepied's "Daphnis and Chloe".
I'm thrilled to be back on stage here in New York. From the moment the first curtain rises on the season to the final bow, it'll be really special to be out there doing what I love, and what makes me feel the most free. A feeling I'll get to experience night after night as I share with the world the gift of dance. I hope you'll join me! Casting and ticket info are in the CALENDAR section of the site. See you there! xCalvin
It's been awhile since my last post here. Apologies. Initially when I created this page, I wanted to keep a more up to date running log of things that are happening, but in reality it's been busy to say the least, and I spend so little time on my computer these days... Since the season at the Met with ABT ended, I've been on the move. I'm still buzzing from my recent promotion to Soloist with the company I've been apart of now for over 6 years. It's a new chapter and new day to go out and explore. I had time to work and perform with my dear friend Gemma Bond at the iconic Joyce Theater and the Vail International Dance Festival. I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed by all of the energy surrounding me honestly, but I find myself enjoying the simple day to day moments more and more. The feeling I have inside is truly indescribable, and I am so thankful for all the blessings that are taking place...
This past Saturday, I was on the 6am flight out of LAX on my way to Florida. It was an early morning wake up call that, in many ways, reminded me of the days I would trudge to the school bus. Slowly waking myself up with the music from my walkman headset and the songs of John Legend and Alicia Keys. Heading straight to the 7:05am barre spot for ballet class at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Time really flew by...
I arrived to Tampa International Airport in the late afternoon, and made my way to South St. Petersburg where, in only a few short hours, I would be receiving the honorary Key to the City. After being away for what seemed like a long time, there was something comforting about being back. The city looked all shiny, new, and grown up. I'd been traveling and performing all over the world, but a piece of my heart never left. I saw my old teachers, directors, and friends. As I made my way through the Mahaffey Theater, I met many new faces that would say hello and "we've heard so many incredible things about you!", and it made me feel really special.
If I had to put my feelings from that night into one word, it would have to be 'grateful'. Grateful for the support and encouragement that has been keeping me moving forward over the years. Grateful for the acknowledgment of my hard work and persistence I've put into following my dreams and aspirations. Grateful for my family, both near and far, that continue to be present and show their unconditional love in my life. And above all, grateful for the ability to do something that fulfills me and constantly pushes me to reach further, and grow.
Receiving these keys may not unlock any physical doors here in St. Pete, but it has already unlocked a part of me that has so much to give, and I've made it my mission to be back very soon!