Long2 Final Showcase and My First Solo Performance

Hi beauties!

If you recall, around this time last year I was invited to join a second company in NYC. Our season ran from October 2018 until March 13, 2019 (last week), and I wanted to share some photos and thoughts about that experience.

Related: My First NYC Dance Job Starts This Fall! (2018)

Photography Credit: Marisa Augustine
Alvin Ailey Studios February 27

Long2 is the second company to Vanessa Long Dance Company which is based out of New York City. The opportunity to join came the day after I was cut from her main company audition. It was such a thrill to be asked to participate.

We performed a studio showing at the end of February at the Alvin Ailey studios in NYC, and our final showcase was at the Tank Theater in NYC on March 13. Not only did I perform choreography and repertory from her company and other choreographers who set work, I also performed my first SOLO ever which happened to be self-choreographed!

Photography Credit: Marisa Augustine
Alvin Ailey Studios February 27

It was a very empowering experience to perform a solo for the first time – in a NYC theater – that was self-created. My solo is titled “Joe” and is a dance celebrating my grandma and grandpa’s relationship and love for each other. The dance is set to the song I Can’t Believe You’re In Love With Me by Billie Holiday. I edited and mixed an interview with my grandma over the track as well. In the song, my grandma tells a story of how she realized my grandpa liked her back as they bonded over playing piano at their school.

This weekend, I am performing with my other company in Hudson Valley, NY. I have the opportunity to perform “Joe” again, and I am very excited to do so! I changed some of the choreography, and I will be dressed in 1940s/1950s fashion which will fit the theme of the piece much better than what I wore for the show in NYC.

Photography Credit: Marisa Augustine
Alvin Ailey Studios February 27

This experience was fun, and has connected me to the NYC dance network better than I could have imagined. I am very grateful and thankful for my time with Long2, and look forward to new auditions and opportunities that will arise this spring. I will also be auditioning for her main company again in April!

I hope to take good footage of “Joe” at my show this weekend, and if I do, I will post it to YouTube and post the video in this post. Dance is such an amazng part of my life experience, and I am forever grateful for the way it heals me.

Photography Credit: Marisa Augustine
Alvin Ailey Studios February 27

Write again soon!

xoxo

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Life Update March 2019

It is already ten days into March, and somehow 2019 is already almost a quarter of a year over already?!? WHAT?! Life has been sincerely flashing right by me, and I’ve hardly had any time for myself, let alone time to blog (hence why I am writing this post at 12:14am Eastern time).

This is the first weekend I will be home in a while. Two weekends ago I was galavanting around Chicago with my best friend I haven’t seen in a year! We had the best time, and I will hopefully be able to write a post about our weekend because we hit up a bunch of local spots, saw the Joffrey ballet perform their new world premiere, and got matching tattoos! Anyway, it was a whirlwind and super jam-packed to say the least!

I took this photo at the top of the World Trade Center in NYC last month.

Last weekend, I was in NYC all weekend with my mother and grandmother for a girl’s trip! Back in October, we bought tickets to see the New York City Ballet perform Prodigal Son, which is a ballet my grandma has talked about taking me to for years! So we went into NYC for the Saturday matinee, went for a fun dinner, and stayed in a ritzy hotel near Central Park. You can read more about that trip at this link: New York City Ballet & New Beginnings

In other news, I was accepted into another summer intensive, which was the intensive I really wanted to attend! I will be attending the Peridance Capezio BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive in August! And guess what? This intensive starts three days after the Joffrey, Italy intensive ends, so they will not interfere with each other!

Related:Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive

I was awarded financial aid for Joffrey, and if everything works out with my budget, I will be able to afford to attend both intensives! I might even leave a week early to explore Italy a bit before the intensive starts! My summer is looking like it is going to be full of dance and adventure, and I’m here for all of it!

Street art found at One World Trade

As always, I am still having trouble sleeping, so maybe I can use my time at night awake to write for JLoF again. I love blogging and miss it dearly. I have some more auditions planned for this month, and a busy next couple of months! Fingers crossed that I am hired for some more dance jobs, and in the meantime, I hope I talk to you all again soon!

Xoxo

My First NYC Dance Job Starts this Fall!! (2018)

Hi everyone!

I am SO excited to announce I will be joining the Vanessa Long Dance Company’s Long2 Dance company starting in October 2018! Here is a blurb taken from her company’s webpage about her work!

“Vanessa Long Dance Company, a NYC based dance company, creates and performs original work by Artistic Director and Founder Vanessa Long. Since it’s founding in October 2014, VLDC quickly captured the attention of fellow artists, presenters, and audience members with its award winning work, ensemble of dancers, and fearless work tackling social and political issues we face in everyday life.” – vanessalongdancecompany.com

Long2 is the Vanessa Long second company! I will training and performing with Vanessa Long and her core company members starting in the fall, in addition to training with other guest choreographers who come in to set work on the Long2 dance ensemble. I am so excited I cannot contain it!!

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I auditioned for her on April 17 for the main company and was cut, so I did not expect her to reach out to me the next day and offer me a spot in her second company! ❤ I’ve been wanting to work with her for a few years now, and a dance professor of mine actually told me I should look into working with her during my senior year of college back in 2017.

This opportunity could not have come at a more significant time in my life, and I think it validates that I am on the right path. All of my auditioning, training, and hard work is starting to pay off! And the beautiful part is that this is only the beginning! I can’t wait to see where this road leads me, and I am thankful to participate in any way that I can.

Have a great day everybody!

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Crochet Bun Cover Cozies

Hi everyone!

I am really excited to announce a new item on my Etsy shop: Julia’s Leaps of Faith Shop! For all of you bunheads out there – whether you are a dancer or a busy lady on the go – I am now selling homemade crochet bun cover cozies to keep your bun/hair in place!

For dancers, they are perfect for class, rehearsal, auditions, or as a costume accessory! For the everyday lady, they are a cozy accessory for the fall and winter! There are a lot of color options available, so you can have a color to match any outfit! Solid colored bun covers are $7.00 a piece!

Furthermore, I also have multi-colored yarn options available for .50 cents more, and they look super adorable! Multi-colored bun covers are $7.50. I personally love the way Rose Blush looks (pictured below)!

These bun covers are able to be finished with an elastic or with a satin ribbon! The satin ribbon can correspond to the color of the yarn, or you can mix and match colors!

I LOVE making these, and I hope if any of you decide to buy one and try it out you love it as much as I do.  Please feel free to comment any questions you may have, or let me know what you think of them! Be sure to check my Etsy to purchase!

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Until next time! Xoxo

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First Professional Performances – I Can’t Believe This Is Real Life

Hi ladies and gents!

This summer, I have had the opportunity to dance in my first professional productions and dance concerts. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had, and I cannot wait to see how my career develops over the rest of this year! Anyway, last week I finished a performance series with Introspective Movement Project – a Philly-based contemporary-jazz dance company. Introspective Movement Project (Let’s call it I.M.P. for short) hosted the That Which Connects Festival – a dance festival in Camden, NJ that celebrates the dance community from the the greater Philadelphia and greater New York City areas.

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Three days leading up to the festival, we also hosted a summer intensive for dance students. The intensive allowed the students to train for three very long days in various dance styles. For the students, each day culminated with a three hour rehearsal where my lovely director set a new piece on the students to perform in the festival showcase. This gave the students an opportunity to perform alongside all of the professional companies who were performing in the showcase. That Which Connects attempts to bridge the gap between pre-professional and professional dancers, which I believe is a beautiful convergence.

As a company, we were at the theater everyday rehearsing for a few hours, and we also had the opportunity to take whatever classes we could fit into our day (after rehearsals of course). It was a very exhausting week of traveling, dancing, and rehearsing, however, it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! It was my first real taste into a professional dance career and lifestyle, and it was awesome!

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I.M.P. ladies – Photography by Marla Wolfinger

I can’t wait to see what is next for I.M.P., and for me as I pursue some other dance opportunities. I really hope I can get more work for the fall and winter season, as I’ve now realized I love the craziness of a professional performer’s life. Each day in rehearsal for the festival, I thought to myself. “I can’t believe this is my life”. Imagine the dream you’ve always had coming true, and multiply it by 10 and that is the awe I felt the week of the festival.

If you asked 17 year old me if I was going to be a professional dancer one day, I would have told you “Maybe, but I don’t know if I’m good enough or if that is what I want”. Now 5 years later, I am officially a professional dancer, and am proud as hell to tell people, “Yes I dance for a living!”.

Never stop believing in the possibility of your dreams because literally anything is possible if you want it bad enough!! ❤

How has your summer dance season been? What performances did you dance in or see? Let me know!

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