Everyone has their own unique tale of how they ended up where they are. Life has a strange way of seeing to it that everyone gets to experience a one of a kind journey, even if most of the time the details of that journey aren’t exactly pre-meditated by the traveler. I guess that’s what makes the stories of most artists special in some ways, because in order to attain the level of technical skill necessary to succeed (in this case I’m referring specifically to dancers) you need to start your training at no later than 8-10 years of age. So the question arises, how do eight year olds know that they want to dedicate their childhoods to training for an art form that requires a lifetime of discipline and dedication to succeed in?
Well, the answer to that is pretty simple. They don’t. I’m speaking from personal experience haha, at eight years old my goal was pretty simple, and that was to expend as much energy as humanly possible. I… had to be moving 24/7. Otherwise I would literally explode. So at the time dancing was simply the best solution to deal with that crisis of nearly limitless energy expenditure. That being said, as time went on I came to discover that there were more things I enjoyed about dancing that just the senseless burning of calories. (Though that’s definitely still a big plus haha.)
One thing I came to discover was that within a short while, almost all of my close friends were dancers. The people I found myself surrounded with while at dance were people who I connected with deeply, and so quickly I began grow into the most authentic version of myself thanks in large part to being surrounded by people who brought that out of me. Additionally, I found that as I aged, dance became a much better vehicle for expressing my emotions in a way that properly resonated with me. This of course, led me to choreography.
For me, choreographing became this incredible way for me to physically manifest my thoughts, emotions, and aesthetic ideals into one beautiful mishmash of creation. It seems to me to be a limitless sort of playground, where I can endlessly twist, refine, and design reality to deliver a message that hopefully moves, inspires, and uplifts the people around me. Between that and being surrounded by such beautiful artists all day, I am hugely motivated to continue to pour my heart and soul into my work for as long as I’m able.
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Juilliard Dance 2020