Half of the stress of audition season comes from going through the act of presenting the best possible version of yourself 27 times to 27 different people/organizations who want 27 different things. The other half of the stress arises from then having to decide to which of those 27 things you’re going to commit the next few years of your life to. When it came to deciding on Juilliard, I had a few very concrete things about the program that I knew I wanted to be a part of, and as such I based my decision to attend this school of off these few core attributes.
1. First and foremost, I confess that the fact that Juilliard is located in New York City was a huge draw for me. I’ve been trying to get to New York City since I was about six years old. The energy, pulse, vibrancy, density, and urgency that this city has to offer is addictive and electric. The amount of opportunity here is unparalleled, and the view of the city from the dorms is GREAT. Also, having access to the all of the museums, performances, and galleries that New York has to offer is a treat like no other, and as of yet I’ve never found myself bored in this city.
2. As for the Juilliard Dance Division itself, I was very attracted to the amount of choreographic opportunities that were offered. For starters, there are four choreographic workshops per year where students have the opportunity to present their own work to the rest of the division and to the public. Access to musicians, costumes, and some of the best dancers around is a plus! Aside from that, there are other programs such as Choreo/Comp & Senior Production, both of which are their own larger projects for which student choreographers are chosen to create work to be presented to the public. Simply put, there’s a lot of opportunity for choreographic development at this school, and I knew that wasn’t something I was about to miss out on!
3. Another huge selling point for me about the Juilliard Dance Division was the New Dances program, which occurs every year from October - December. Each year four up and coming choreographers are brought in to set a new work on each class. The only rule the choreographers are required to follow is that they must use the entire class of 24 dancers, which always makes it a very special experience for everyone involved!
That all being said, now being here at Juilliard I understand that this school is much more than it’s programs and location. The community of artists here is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced, and each day the vibrancy, creativity, and humanity put on display by my peers at this school inspires me more and more with each passing day. As a whole, I have to say that I’m very glad that I chose this school as a place to pursue my career as an artist, and I look forward to the many lessons and experiences that this place has to offer in the coming years!
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Juilliard Dance 2020