One for the Books
This year has truly been one for the books. Seriously! I feel like I say that every year, (which I guess is a good thing in a way) but this year has brought with it such a plethora of challenges, learning opportunities, moments of joy, and moments of growth. I think that for all of us this year put us up against obstacles that we may have once never thought we would be able to overcome, and yet here we are - standing on the other side of it all. On that note I wanted to take this moment to reflect on my top 5 most challenging/memorable/iconic moments of the year!
1. I file this moment as being “iconic.” This was our first group picture will all of the student-staff who were working orientation week! A combination of Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders, our job during orientation week and throughout the year is to make sure that all incoming students feel supported, welcomed, and cared for! It’s a big challenge and it takes a strong team to make the dream a reality, and I have to say that looking back I’m so incredibly thankful for everyone who I got the chance to work with this year!
2. Photoshoots on photoshoots on photoshoots! I challenged myself to continue my exploration of art through mediums outside of my norm and found a whole new world waiting for me! Seeing life through the lens has opened my eye to a whole new way of looking at the world, and I honestly feel that I’m a better dancer and choreographer because of it. Cheers to trying new things this year!
3. Choreocomp! The Choreographers & Composers program is something that I know I’ll always hold very close to my heart. I have to say that I was so fortunate to be able to work with such a great team, as absolutely everyone from the very beginning was nothing but positive, uplifting, supportive, and a joy to be around. It’s also great that the choreographer brought the piece back in the spring semester in order to stage it for film! It’s a fresh way of looking at the piece, and working with the camera as a dancer was a novel experience and one that also brought with it plenty of new connections that I’m sure will come in handy in the future!
4. New Dances this year was definitely a challenge. I had never before danced a piece which required so much focus, attention to detail, and commitment. The rehearsal process for this piece was also a massive learning experience, as rehearsing in silence for 9 hours a week for 3 months was definitely a challenge. But I can say without a doubt that after watching the piece for the first time I knew it was all worth it. With great sacrifice comes great rewards!
5. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my most dear and precious memories from this year are all tied to my friends at this school. Reflecting on the amount of time I’ve spent and the things I’ve been through with my class I can rest assured say that they are family, through and through. I can always count on my peers to inspire, uplift, and comfort me at any point in the day. I know that they will be a source of guidance and support for the rest of my life.
Yeah… It’s been a wild ride. But ultimately if it came down to it, I’d do it all again. The events of this year have left me humbled and in awe of all that the human experience has to offer, and I guess that’s all I could really ask! Also, this is my last blog post of the year! I want to thank you so so much for reading, and I have to say that it’s been an absolute joy to be able to share my life with you all via this outlet! Have a fantastic summer!
Juilliard Dance 2020