Georgetown Day School’s student-run and student-choreographed dance troupe Fata Morgana, a staple in the GDS art scene, had its season debut with a series of shows starting December 13 through 15. Every year Fata’s Friday night showcase sells out within the first 24 hours of the tickets’ release. This year’s showcase is no exception.
With all of the company’s success, I could not help but wonder what it was like being a GDS dancer. How did it feel to walk down the hallways receiving compliment after compliment? Thus my journey began: uncovering the day in the life of a Fata Queen.
After contacting several managers asking for permission to interview their clients, I was able to begin to conduct my research. Sitting on their throne, co-heads senior Lucy Walker and senior Nina DeCola allowed me to cop an interview. These two stars shone so brightly, I had to squint during the interview in order to maintain eye contact. Several Fata Queen daily routines have been compiled to form the average day in their lives. Below are my findings.
What is the first thing you did this morning?
- Think about Fata.
- I realized I was late for a 7.30 rehearsal. The first thing I thought of was Fata.
- I did practice for Nyah’s dance. I had to learn 45 seconds of a dance by the time I got to school at 7:30.
- Press snooze on my alarm. Us Fata Queens are normal teenagers too sometimes.
- Practice being Michael Jackson under the watchful eye of Makenzie (fellow Fata member).
What did you eat for breakfast?
- Zucchini bread.
- Hot chocolate when I got school…. oh and some caviar. That is fish eggs if you did not know.
How did you arrive at school? Does this change the week of performances?
- This morning I swear I sped over like 8-speed bumps because I was trying to memorize Nyah’s dance from her video.
- This morning I got to school by sprinting to the car. My dad drives me to school. I was only 6 and a half minutes late to practice. Did I mention that I woke up 4 minutes before? Rehearsal was meant to start? Which is pretty good timing, That means I got here in… well, you can do the math.
- I get carried everywhere I go.
What was your 4th period?
- I have Stats. But side notes, I choreograph in my head during class most the time. 70% of the time to be exact.
- I don’t go to class. I do Fata.
What do you do during minibreak?
- Going to French review.
- Rehearse Nyah’s dance.
- College counseling meetings – about staying in Fata, of course.
Where do you spend your lunches?
- Honestly, it is hard being so adored. Lunches are pretty hectic times for me so I just try to lay low in the dance studio.
- I spend my lunches at FATAAA.
- Crying in the wrestling room during Nina’s rehearsal because there are no mirrors. #strugglecity.
How do you handle the social pressure? Is it hard being so adored?
- It is hard to figure out who my real friends are versus those who want to hang out with me for my 250 Instagram followers.
- My hand is tired of constantly waving to my adoring fans.
- I have gone temporarily deaf in my left ear due to all of the “YASSSS FATTTAAA” screams. So, to answer your question, yes it is hard being so adored.
What do you do after school
- I battement.
- I plié for 3 hours.
- I go to acupuncture – it is really important to treat my body right especially before performances.
What do you do to treat yourself
- Glass of Manischewitz.
- A glass of Himalayan alkaline water. I don’t drink from the tap. That is for the plebeians. I am a queen.
How do you spend your evenings?
- I Facetime Nina but she never answers because she is going to dance. But usually handling some new Fata fiasco.
- Homework … Queens are studious too you know.
By Jenna Schulman ’19 and Caroline Katzive ’19