It’s been awhile! But I have a LOT to report. My fourth and final year at Juilliard has been the busiest time of my life. I’ve done outreach performances across New York, attended galas, showcases, fundraised, babysat, danced in a photo shoot, rehearsed for hours on end, trick-or-treated, hosted dinner parties, applied for grants, and planned a European audition.
The past three weekends, I’ve been performing at adult healthcare facilities throughout Manhattan through a fellowship program at Juilliard. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to perform for patients in mental health facilities, cancer treatment centers, and nursing homes. People are very receptive to our performances. Our group consists of three jazz musicians and two dancers, and our audiences can’t get enough of us! We put together an interactive program with audience participation, and we discuss ideas of collaboration, imagery, and improvisation. It is such an honor to perform for people who would not otherwise be able to experience the performing arts in their everyday lives. In between these performances and my usual class and rehearsal schedule, I’ve made time to take advantage of some opportunities outside of the Dance Division. My boyfriend, Julian and I, attended Lincoln Center’s Fall Gala last week, and listened to legendary trumpet player Wynton Marsalis (and Director of the Juilliard Jazz department!) play to a full house at Alice Tully Hall. We also attended the Career Transitions for Dancers 30th Anniversary Gala. The foundation was created as a resource for dancers to use when they are transition out of their performance careers and into another area of work. The gala was honoring a number of people including Shirley Maclaine, and Cynthia Gregory, a world-famous American ballerina gave a wonderful speech. I also attended three drama performances at Juilliard in the past month! They were unbelievably good. Just to think that one of my drama friends could become the next Kevin Spacey or Jessica Chastain is mind-boggling!
I’ll have to tell you all about my big plans to visit Europe, and who is choreographing my senior solo in my next post. There are more exciting things to come; I won’t be running out of things to share any time soon!