Halfway There…

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.

Not only have I learned so much about and improved upon my technical abilities and classwork, but I’ve also discovered so much about my artistic ambitions and personal potential. I feel so grateful to the faculty and staff who have cultivated an environment that has given me so many tools, support and guidance to push myself everyday. I have so much more knowledge about and confidence in myself as a dancer and as an individual, and I have a completely new perspective and approach to dance than I did when I came to the school two years ago.

From the afternoons with my classmates spent playing Frisbee and blasting music in the park, to the spontaneous roadtrip taken with my best friends, this year has been nothing short of adventure and excitement. Over the past two years, my classmates have truly become my family. Through the highs and lows, challenging days, performances, and hours on end spent laughing together, I have gathered so many memories I will cherish forever. This small group of people is one that I know I can count on and who will be there for me in the years ahead. Every day, every week, every year, we grow closer, and I look forward to two more amazing years with such extraordinary and quirky people!

In the last two years, I have really discovered and fallen in love with choreography, and have pushed myself to put work out, discover and refine my artistic voice. I found a home in this part of dance, and my favorite hours in the Juilliard studios have absolutely been spent working on new pieces and discovering the endless possibilities of movement. I am so proud of the growth I have experienced there, and for the opportunities at Juilliard to create, and I cannot thank my peers enough for all they did to bring my ideas to life and work so passionately with me on my projects.

From the many studio jams, late-night study sessions, lunchtime rehearsals, technique classes, laughter and tears, I look back on the last two years with such gratitude. Everyday, Juilliard both challenges me and reminds me of how lucky I am to be a part of such a special community. I very much look forward to enjoying every second of the next two years of my Juilliard Journey.

Thank you for following me along on this blogging journey! I hope that I could give you a sneak peek into life at Juilliard, and hopefully you learned something along the way!

 

All the best!

Maddie

Summertime, Here We Come!

Summertime, Here We Come!