Day in the life: Sasha Sharova

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Justin Lanier/WSN

For Sasha Sharova, a LS sophomore transferring to the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, peace means a day dedicated to writing plays and teaching ballet.

8 a.m. | After waking up, Sharova immediately decides whether she will make coffee in her dorm or grab a cup after she leaves Gramercy Green residence hall.

9 a.m. | Sharova meets Tisch freshman Julia Sanchez in a Lafayette Street residence hall practice room to rehearse a monologue for Sanchez’s role as Old Rebecca in Sharova’s original play “Reflections.” The play was selected to be in Gallatin’s Brandspankin’ New Works Festival, a two-day event that showcases performances of plays written by NYU students. Sharova’s work focuses on Rebecca, who reflects on the choices she has made throughout her life. The cast includes three versions of Rebecca, each a different age.

“It’s really cool that Gallatin gives you the opportunity to do this,” Sharova said. “It’s a labor of love because I love doing this.”

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1 p.m. | Sharova makes her way to the seventh floor club lounge in the Kimmel Center for University Life to meet with Steinhardt sophomore Kim Buesser and LS sophomores Julie Jarema and Nicole Schreiber-Shearer for an officer meeting for Twinkle Toes, NYU’s ballet club. The club, which started in spring 2013, offers free ballet lessons for both beginners and experienced dancers. The club’s founders teach the classes every Sunday in room 606 of Kimmel.

At the meeting, Sharova, the president, and the other three founding members discuss objectives for the following Sunday’s class, write a weekly newsletter to send to club members and plan upcoming events. The group is currently planning a trip to see the New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”

“I like to do something fun with choreography,” Sharova said. “I like to incorporate contemporary elements … just to get people moving and actually dancing.”

3 p.m. | During this rare pocket of free time, Sharova tries to complete as much homework as possible. When she is not practicing Russian for her Russian Grammar and Composition 1 class, she’s writing and editing “Coming Home with Julie,” a play for her Playwriting Practicum seminar about a psychiatric patient with an imaginary friend.

5 p.m. | Sharova heads to her work-study job at the Cantor Film Center for her shift as a production assistant. Her night consists of a wide range of responsibilities, such as answering phones, handling room reservations for both movies and classes and working with clients who rent space in the building.

10:30 p.m. | While walking home from her shift, Sharova stops for pad Thai at her favorite Thai restaurant, Spice. She then returns to Gramercy and watches one of her favorite TV series — “American Horror Story,” “Doctor Who” or “How I Met Your Mother.”

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Nov. 7 print edition. Nicole Del Mauro is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]

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