In Full Swing

In Full Swing

It’s that time of year where everything is in a final grand crescendo. This applies to pretty much everything, but is especially prevalent for the dancers at the moment. As of now we are halfway through our performances run of New Dances, and so far I can say it’s been an incredible experience.

We started our first tech rehearsals about a week and a half ago to the day, and honestly those were probably the most difficult part of the whole process thus far. In the piece the freshman are performing, we have a huge multitude of patterns and formations that we have to produce in record-setting time with the music, and it took us about 5 hours total to work out all of our formations on the stage for what is a 20 minute piece. Talk about lethargy. But in the end it’s safe to say that it was totally worth it, because now during our actual performance runs we are able to relax into the piece and into the movement all the more now that we’ve gotten all of the nitty gritty work out of the way.

In addition to that, it’s been a joy to finally get to watch the other three pieces which are being performed in this years production of New Dances. The thing is that you go three months without getting to see the other classes pieces, so it’s a big unveiling for everyone when we all finally get to see each others pieces.

There’s still three more shows left of New Dances, which honestly is not enough. So far the whole experience has been so much fun, and I’ve learned so much through the experience. It’s a truly unique and special experience to be able to perform in an original work that was made specifically for your class, and then getting to perform that alongside 72 other incredibly talented dancers is an experience that I’ve become quite attached to. Safe to say, it’s been an experience to remember.

Thanks for reading this weeks blog, and be sure to check out some of the blogs written by the music and drama majors as well!

~Alexander Sargent~

Juilliard Dance 2020

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