Halfway There…

This is it! My final blog post for the year! More than anything, the most exciting (and frankly, scary) realization is that I am half done with my time here at Juilliard. It feels like yesterday that I was walking into the school for International Orientation, and I am so humbled and grateful for the experiences and growth that I’ve experienced at this beautiful school.

Summertime, Here We Come!

I can’t believe that this is the last week of my sophomore year of college…this semester has been filled with so many moments of growth, challenge, inspiration, introspection and memories, and it definitely has flown by!

Choreographic Honors 2017!

I am so honored to be presenting two of my works, “this is a reconstruction” and “in the realm of last chances” on the beautiful Peter Jay Sharp stage. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the studio with my dancers, and revisiting and restaging these pieces from earlier in the year.

Five First-year Favorites!

FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR ALERT! Wowza! I can’t believe my first year at Juilliard is coming to an end (if I had a dime for every time that was said in one of these blogs I’d probably have…about $2.00). This has been an excellent year full of ups, downs, and a lot of fun!

A Reflection

Looking back, this has been a year full of personal growth and introspection. I started the year figuring the adjustment to college wouldn’t be too much of a change, seeing as I had already gone to school away from home for three years, but I’ve never lived in a big city before...and, you know, New York is a pretty big city.

In Conclusion

Well, this is it folks. My last blog post of the year! I feel like I should have something magical and inspiring to say, but honestly I’m just humbled and thankful for all of the experiences I’ve been able to have this year at Juilliard, and I look forward to three more years of this incredible journey.

What time is it? (Summertime!)

As April comes to a close Juilliard students are looking forward to summer vacation! Summer is great for taking some much needed rest, spending time with family, and (of course) getting some extra practicing in!

MY SPARKLING SUMMER

I still have two weeks of school left and this week our last studio project, Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, go up in front of the students and faculty of the Drama Division. A part of me is so over going to classes. Yet another, larger part of me feels graced to have been given the task of diving into and sharing this play to my colleagues.

A Change

After a year full of tremendous personal growth as well as tremendous sleep deprivation, I’m excited to spend this summer unwinding while still making music.

Getting Around

As the arrival of summer draws near, I thought that I might share with you all some of my plans for the upcoming months! I made it a goal this summer to really try to balance work and play, and with any luck I think I’ll be successful.

EXAMS, JURIES, PERFORMANCES...OH MY!

Jury week precedes exam week. During jury week, there are no classes, unless your teacher decides to hold lessons that week. So if your jury is at the beginning of the week (like mine is this year :) ), then you get less time than everyone else to prepare, but the rest of the week is (hopefully) free!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

So, from my experience, spring in NYC is pretty much the closest thing to New Orleans weather I've experienced thus far. My ideal weather is a little humid with a breeze blowing. Talk about heaven...

One More Dance

It seems counter-intuitive that the year actually winds up as opposed to winding down over time. One would think that over time entropy would have its way and we would just ease out of the year. But no. Instead, it seems to me that things are actually winding up, with pressure building up and up until the moment of that final bow.

THREE SISTERS SHOWINGS!

I think that I am slowly transitioning into taking more ownership of the work and letting go of my need to fulfill all the “technical check-mark boxes” in the craft. Letting go of the “student in an institution” way of operating and transition towards “storyteller.” The learning continues, always.

The Storm Before the Calm

Right now, I’m part of the orchestra in Juilliard’s production of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova, and after several weeks of long, meticulous rehearsing, we’re finally finishing up our last performance. It’s exciting to be a part of the opera, and it’s an honor to be accompanying the vocalists, who sound incredible.

Springtime in the City

After a gloomy winter, the weather is finally warming up and the city is coming alive again. We’ve finally said farewell to the last frost of the season (hopefully!), and now countless flowers, outdoor markets, and ice cream trucks have been springing up everywhere.

Springtime at Jyard

After months of cold weather, grey skies, and dead trees, spring has finally sprung!! Spring is my favorite season in NYC; it would be summer, but it gets a little too hot for my taste. Classes have started slowing down (at least for me) as students prepare for juries and finals.