From June 24–July 10, Houston Ballet is embarking on its biggest tour yet to Melbourne, Australia, hometown of artistic director Stanton Welch. Pointe asked demi-soloist Jacquelyn Long to keep a diary of her experiences.
July 10, 2016
Today we said goodbye to Melbourne—well, some of us did. A few of the dancers are staying in Australia to travel because we are now on a two week layoff! Woohoo!
Our last shows of Romeo and Juliet went well. The Australian audience really responded to the performances, and many of the reviews were very enthusiastic about our company. There was a champagne toast on the last evening to celebrate the success. I think everyone was happy to finish the tour.
We are about to get back on that 16 hour flight, but I miss my puppy and it's worth it! I think what I am going to miss most about Melbourne is their strong coffee and chocolate Tim Tam cookies. I hope all of you enjoyed following my journey on this tour! I really did enjoy writing for you. If you want to keep following me, my Instagram account is jac_long.