Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive

Hello wonderful readers of the internet!

I have been on a whirlwind. 2019 began and I hit the ground running. I’ve been working *7* jobs, taking dance classes, and auditioning like crazy. I’ve been going to casting calls for jobs, but also for summer training programs. I wanted to share a fun story about my audition for the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive.

Last week, I decided at the very last minute I was going to attend an audition for Joffrey Ballet School. The audition was on Saturday, and I decided Friday evening I was going to go. This was a bit stressful because for the audition I needed a picture of me in first arabesque in pointe shoes, and I needed a headshot with my hair in a “ballet hairstyle”. I didn’t have either on hand. So after a full day of ballet class for me, and teaching tap in the evening, one of my student’s moms’ helped me take a photo in arabesque, I drove an hour home, and my little brother helped me take a headshot with my hair in a ballet bun! Both didn’t turn out too shabby! I ended up running to a CVS at 11:30pm to print them out! When I said last minute, I literally meant the very last minute (the CVS closed at 12am).

This was the headshot my brother took on his iPhone

The audition was in Putnam county NY. I taught barre and TRX Saturday morning, and then I drove myself to the audition site. I felt really good about how I performed. We took a ballet class and then performed combinations en pointe across the floor and in the center. When it was over, I thanked the instructor and the owner of the studio, and was informed I would know my results by the following Friday.

Two days later, I received my acceptance letter! I was accepted into 11 of their programs!! I was actually floored because I almost didn’t go to the audition, and now I have so many options and opportunities available to me!


I’m intrigued by so many of their programs, it’s all a tad overwhelming! I am definitely leaning towards the NYC Ballet Intensive (that is the bread and butter of the Joffrey Ballet School for the summer), and the intensive in Genoa, Italy!! If I attend any of these programs, I don’t think I could make a wrong choice. However, I’ve never been to Italy, and studying ballet and contemporary in Italy sounds like a dream come true!

Even more exciting – my best friend who lives in Chicago told me if I attend the Italy location, she will come at the end of the two week intensive to see our dance showcase, and then her and I could take a week and explore Italy and/or Europe together! Uhm, what!!! Can you say dream summer?!? I am so beyond excited at the thought of the possibility.

I still have a few more summer training programs I am auditioning for this winter, and as you can imagine, none of these programs are cheap. Before I put deposits down for anything, I am going to keep spreading my seeds far and see what grows in time. If this wasn’t already a lot to choose from, hopefully there will be even more to choose from in a few weeks!

It’s encouraging to receive an acceptance letter throughout all of this hustling back and forth between NJ and NYC. And it’s also reassuring that I am good at what I do and all of my effort is not for nothing. I will definitely be updating my blog with news throughout audition season. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Until next time

xoxo

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New Colourpop Purchase!

It has been a minute since I’ve ordered any makeup, let alone makeup from Colourpop! I bought some pretty products I’d like to share with you guys because I love them! I haven’t had much time or reason lately to put eyeshadow on, but I did end up buying five different eyeshadows – four SuperShock formulas, and one pressed-powder formula. I also picked up a new lipstick which has been the only color I’ve been wearing lately!

So the four SuperShocks I bought are Truth, I Heart This, Ritz, and Ladybird. The pressed powder eyeshadow is Glass Bull which I’ve been wanting to try FOREVER. The lipstick is the KathleenLights x Colourpop Scorpio Moon lux lipstick.

Colors from left to right: Scorpio Moon lip, Glass Bull, Ladybird, I Heart This, Truth, Ritz

Truth SuperShock Eyeshadow

Truth is a satin finish, neutral light beige. This color is great for that “no makeup” makeup look, but also can be used as a base or can be paired with other colors.

I Heart This SuperShock Eyeshadow

I Heart This is a taupe with silver ultra-glitter. I love this color because it’s sparkly, but also subtle.

Ritz SuperShock Eyeshadow

Ritz is a sheer nude with silver glitter. It has a warmer undertone to it’s pigmentation.

Ladybird SuperShock Eyeshadow

Ladybird is a soft ivory with silver glitter. This is great by itself or as a topper.

GlassBull Pressed Powder Eyeshadow

Glass Bull is a lavender, icy-blue duochrome! It is stunning, metallic, and very pigmented.

Scorpio Moon Lux Lipstick

Scorpio Moon is a plummy rose color! It looks very subtle on my skin tone, but adds a beautiful pop of color. It doesn’t make my teeth look yellow because it has a cool undertone. This has become a new favorite of mine, and the formula is so smooth! I’ve been wearing it to auditions, and it’s a perfect audition lipstick.

I can’t wait to wear all of these colors. As you can probably infer, I bought a bunch of neutral colors. I’ve been going for a more subtle look to my makeup routine. I feel prettiest now without putting on heavy eyeshadow.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you were curious about swatches for these colors, I hope it helped! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Xoxo

Happy New Year and a Whole30 Challenge!

Hello lovelies,

I took some time away from writing the last few weeks to focus on my family, friends, and the holidays. The end of the year is always so hectic, as is the beginning of the next one. I am preparing to hit the ground running this January with classes, auditions, adventures, a new job, and new experiences, and there is not a lot of time for me to relax it seems!

Anyway, I had a lovely Christmas, and for my family this was the first Christmas that actually felt like a true Christmas in a long time. It was just my family, my siblings’ significant others, and my grandma, and it was perfect. We ate delicious food (some of which I prepared), including home made ginger bread I made with my dad. I received some very generous presents, some of which I am going to review on here hopefully sometime this month. ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved my makeup on Christmas Day! My aunt’s boyfriend even complimented me on it.

I spent New Years Eve running around Manhattan and NYC with some friends who live there. I had a great time, and it was my first time spending New Year’s Eve in NYC since 2005 when my family went in to see the ball drop! I met some friends (old and new) at an Indian restaurant, and then we took a cab over to Industry City in Brooklyn for a NYE party!

I actually had to teach fitness this morning. I wasn’t drinking much last night because I knew I was going to be up late and had to be functional for work, but I still had a great time, made it to work on time, and did my job well! I also was kissed at midnight for the first time in a few years, and it meant a lot to me. So if last night/early this morning is any indication with how the rest of 2019 is going to go, count me in for ALL OF IT.

Top 9 Instagram posts from 2018 @julias_leaps_of_faith

My last/newest endeavor is today I began the Whole30 challenge. It is basically a dietary plan that cuts out all anti-inflammatory foods as a “reset” to your body, taste buds, cravings, etc. No dairy, wheat/grains, corn, seeds, legumes, processed sugar, artificial sugars, and alcohol. Basically what foods are “approved” are lean meats, veggies, fruits, tree nuts, and potatoes. I am not following this diet verbatim because I am very active, and I do need some grain carbohydrates throughout the day just to keep my energy levels up. However, I will be doing a check in with this after the month is over to see how I feel, and see how I did!

I am so thrilled 2018 is FINALLY behind me. There were a lot of amazing memories in 2018 that overshadowed a lot of darkness, so I am grateful for all of the change and growth 2018 brought me. Now, however, I am prepared for a bountiful 2019 where I hope to see some pay off with all of the seeds I’ve planted and watered in 2018. 2019 Julia is determined, better trained, more confident, and more self-aware, and I look forward to what’s to come.

xoxo

The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to My Little Wild Life for nomination me for the Blogger Recognition Award! I haven’t been nominated for one of these awards in a while, so it means a lot to me to have readers who enjoy my content and think it is worthy of recognition! Thank you to all who read my blog, and enjoy what I post enough to keep reading. 

Rules for Acceptance of Nomination

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How did Your Blog Begin?

Julia’s Leaps of Faith was born in June of 2015 when my now-ex boyfriend joined the army. It began as a safe space for me to write about my frustrations and experiences with the military and long-distance dating, while being a full-time college student completing two majors, who was also working part-time. Eventually, I began posting about other topics, including beauty, which I soon realized was the category most visited by my readers. I changed my blog from a “MilSO” blog, to a beauty blog, and received great response to the change. As college grew busier, I took some time away from WordPress to focus on my studies.

Finally, I graduated college in 2017 and decided I wanted to devote most of my blogging to my experience in the performing arts industry, with the occasional post about great beauty products, and healthy recipes. Julia’s Leaps of Faith is now a beauty, dance, and lifestyle blog dedicated to the authentic relaying of my experiences navigating the NYC dance scene, and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Advice to New Bloggers

My biggest piece of advice is write from your heart, and write about topics you enjoy. I know my readers enjoy beauty posts, but right now my focus is on dance and healthy lifestyle, and I genuinely enjoy putting out content about those topics. There was a point in my blogging history where I grew very bored with topics about dating in the military and topics about beauty products because my content started to feel redundant and bland. I felt like I needed to only write about what I thought people wanted to read. Now, I keep my readers interest’s in mind, however, I only post about things I feel passionately for. It keeps blogging from becoming a chore, and it keeps me motivated to continue updating my feed.

Keep your content unique to you and your personality. Your blog will find it’s niche naturally as time progresses. I would say my blog is FAR from a MilSO blog anymore, and I am incredibly happy I didn’t continue trying to only cater to military significant others. Also, don’t be discouraged if you do not gain a quick following. You should blog for you, and the followers will come if you are persistent and write passionately.

New Nominees

I nominate:

  1. Away We Run She was one of my first followers/blogger acquaintances on WordPress, and I really enjoy her posts!
  2. Jenny in Neverland
  3. A Beautiful Thing
  4. Always, Cleia
  5. Bee Beauty
  6. Kirsty Jarvie
  7. Coastal Crochet
  8. The Dorky French
  9. Beccap Beauty
  10. What’s on Mimi’s Mind
  11. Charlotte’s Makeup Blog
  12. Paige Alicia Beauty

Right now I only have 12 nominations, but I will be adding the final three once I do some more reading on my WordPress reader. Thanks again to My Little Wild Life for nominating me! It’s so nice to have bloggers suppot each other and what we love to do – write!

xoxo

Final Performances of 2018

As 2018 winds down, the curtain just closed on my last performance of 2018. I finished out the year with my one company’s annual Nutcracker Tea – an abbreviated version of Act II of the full-length Nutcracker. Guests are invited to eat sweets and pastries as they drink tea and coffee and watch the main company and the student company perform. It was so much fun, and I enjoy performing the Nutcracker for all of it’s magic and for the beautiful music.

This tea is most suitable for young kids, as we also have “fairy makeovers” available to them before the show, and they have the option to sit up front and close at the children’s seating right in front of the black box stage. Their eyes are usually so excited and curious as they watch everyone perform. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you’re inspiring young kids, and I imagine this is similar to what people working at Disney feel like. I would still love to work for the Disney company one day.ย 

Other than Nutcracker, I performed in the gala for another company as their season opener on December 1. It was more of a wine and dine event for donors and patrons, but we performed a short, groovy dance for the attendees which was located at a really cute NYC dinner theater on West 72nd street. Lady Gaga apparently performed at this same theater before she became super famous, so it was kind of cool to think about that while having my own experience at the venue.

I have a few performances lined up for the new year already, as well as some auditions!! I’ll be performing a solo I’m choreographing at a showcase in March (which will be my first solo EVER!!), and I think we are going to be rehearsing for a full-length Cinderella ballet for May/June. The second week of January, I also have auditions for Disney World Orlando, and Royal Caribbean. They are open calls, so I’m expecting to be waiting a while as there are usually 400-600 people who show up for open calls. I will be re-auditioning for the Rockettes’ Summer Program in January or February as well, and hopefully more opportunities will be available soon. I can’t wait!

Related: Rockettes Mini Intensive – I Was Invited!

Voices of Dance Festivalย  The Tank Theater NYC
September 2018

2018 was filled with many successes, adventures, leaps of faith, and new experiences. Although checkered by heart break and some failure, I’d say for what it was, I made 2018 the best I possibly could given my circumstances. I am looking forward to burying 2018 in the past, and moving forward into 2019 happier, healthier, stronger, and way more excited for the future.

xoxo