Just over a month has passed since I arrived in New York City to begin my journey at the prestigious Juilliard School. I have already made lifelong friendships with the class of 2021 and I feel so honoured to be able to dance alongside them every day. In the past few weeks I have learnt so much from the incredible faculty at Juilliard, their experience in the professional world of dance is incomparable and what every dancer dreams of in their career.
During orientation week, I had the opportunity to meet so many new students across all divisions (Dance, Drama and Music). Getting to understand and appreciate other art forms at the school is so important as Juilliard really encourages collaborations between the three divisions. During this week, I also had the chance to explore NYC!
Living in the residence hall at Juilliard is amazing. Where we are located on the Upper West Side, I am roughly a 7-minute walk away from central park, a 20-minute walk to Times Square, a 5-minute walk away from the Hudson river and 2 elevator rides away from school! I live in a suite in which I am the only non-musician. We are made up of three cellists, an oboist, a saxophonist, a violinist and myself… you could say that our suite becomes quite loud at times although it’s hard to complain as they all sound so phenomenal (just not always when they all practice at the same time!). We have all become such great friends already and a collaboration is already in the mix.
Choreography is hugely encouraged at Juilliard. During the year, there are four opportunities in which we can present our own work to an audience composed of faculty, students and guests. This is such a great way to experiment and workshop new ideas on some of the most incredible dancers. For my first piece, I have choreographed a duet between two of my fellow classmates entitled ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’. The piece is being shown this Thursday so I’ll be sure to have a video uploaded as soon as possible so make sure that you keep an eye on my social media. I’ve had such an amazing time working with my dancers Kade and Maddie, they have been so open to my ideas and have really brought my vision to life.
In a week, we begin rehearsals for ‘New Dances’, our main show of the year in which each class is assigned an up and coming choreographer from the professional dance industry. This year, my class has the opportunity to work with choreographer, Bryan Arias. Bryan has danced and choreographed for companies such as Netherlands Dance Theatre 1+2, Scottish Ballet and Crystal Pite’s company. All hugely respected companies in the dance world that I personally love! I can’t wait to begin Bryans Choreographic process!
My body is sore, bruised and beaten but I’m loving every moment and I wouldn’t change it for the world!