Community & Connections
The Juilliard community is as wide and varied as the city in which it thrives in. There is no telling where the Juilliard network starts and ends, and chances are that you probably already know someone who is a part of that network! With a community as active and widespread as the Juilliard community is, there’s no question as to why the Juilliard name seems to pop up everywhere you go.
Big as it is, this vast network of people starts in the smallest of places with the smallest of gestures. It starts with being greeted at the door on move-in day by a team of orientation leaders whose only goal is to make you feel welcome. It starts by getting the opportunity to be roommates with someone outside of your major, giving you a personal view into a whole new world. It starts with classes such as colloquium, where you get to meet with people from different divisions and openly discuss your work as artists from everybody’s point of view. It is through these simple transactions that you then build your own personal network, which of course is also integral to the overarching network that is the Juilliard community.
One day, a week or so ago, I woke up and realized that if I wanted to, I could quite feasibly produce a completely original and new full-length ballet with newly written music and musicians to perform said music. Suddenly, I have become connected to a multitude of composers, dancers, and musicians of incredible skill who all also have an innate desire to contribute something new and original to the artistic community. As a choreographer focused on the creation of entirely new and original work, the value of this network is immeasurable.
But this is all just speaking in professional terms, and that is by no means the only thing these connections and this incredible community is good for. Juilliard is a place where lifelong friendships are made, and just like everything else these lifelong friendships are made step by step. For example, many of the dancers and actors are very good friends just through the simple fact that we both share the 3rd floor of the school building, and that simple proximity leads to having your actor friends invite you to their dress rehearsals, and in return you invite your actor friends for a private showing of your latest piece of choreography. Next thing you know when your actor friend is famous beyond belief, you can get free passes to their red carpet event! Well… At least that’s the plan. But all in due time.
The point is that though the Juilliard community is a grand old thing, it remains vital and active thanks to the immeasurable energy of the people who belong to it. Made up of thousands of people and endless lists of connections, this is a network that thrives off of the little things, and I am grateful for everyday that I get to be a part of it!