How I Practice
Here at Juilliard, everyday is an opportunity to develop and progress your craft. For dancers, much of our day consists of classes and rehearsals, which are all opportunities for us to practice and learn more about our bodies and movement.
Monday through Friday, we take ballet class everyday, a modern class (for Freshmen, we study the Graham and Limón techniques) and a variety of other classes such as Dance Composition (choreography), Elements of Performing, Classical Partnering, and Dance History. We also take a Liberal Arts course four days of the week.
Of course, these classes are essential to our training because it is where we practice our foundational skills and techniques, and refine our movement.
After our classes we have rehearsals for a bunch of different projects. Right now, the division is in rehearsals for Spring Concert and the Freshmen (that’s me!) are in rehearsal for José Limón’s Missa Brevis, which we will perform at Choreographic Honors in May. Missa Brevis rehearsals are a great way to practice learning classic repertory and working in a professional rehearsal environment. It is also challenging to reconstruct a piece, which is a great learning experience.
Besides the division rehearsals, the dancers are all busy in rehearsals for workshop! This workshop, I am dancing in a trio and choreographing a duet on two of my classmates. These rehearsals are great practice opportunities because not only am I practicing my dancing, but I am also exercising my choreographic muscle, which needs a different kind of practice in itself.
When I have free time, I love to go to an empty studio and just jam! It’s also another way to practice without thinking about practicing!