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3.02.2011

the best thing about going to juilliard...


...was getting to see the dancers at work. hands down. best part. world renown choreographers would come in and put on these shows. and holy smokes. it was like moving light on a stage. all of it.

but a few times a year the students would make their own pieces. and in the end there was nothing more remarkable than that. 

many sunday mornings a little band of us--myself (an actor), two dancers, and a bassist would traipse to some part of the city to put on an hour-long variety show at a nursing home or aids facility or the like. and each sunday, carolyn would perform the solo from the video below. and each sunday it took my breath away.

so when this popped up on my facebook this morning i just had to share. carolyn (the lead in the middle) is really something.

i don't get to see everyone dance anymore. not all together at least. and i don't act so much myself now. but i see something like this and i remember:

once upon a time we all made magic.

(we still do, yes, but it's different. changed.)




choegraphed by bret easterling.
song: die alone by ingrid michaelson
dancers: carolyn rossett, rachelle rafailedes,
charlotte bydwell, allysen hooks, 
sarah murphy, julia stiefel, 
chelsea ainsworth, esmye boyce, 
stephanie amurao



24 comments:

Missy Allen Photography said...

beautiful.

off switch said...

oh, thank you for sharing this meg! i can't imagine how inspiring it would have been to be amongst all that talent and beauty for four years. ps: so happy you took the plunge and bought a dslr!

Emma said...

stunning

Laura Marie said...

Wow... there's just nothing quite like incredible, inspiring dancing is there? How special to have regularly seen these sorts of performances--and be part of them!

Thanks for sharing :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i want to be able to dance like this. i think i'll try.

Brittany said...

love that video, and that song.

isn't being around inspiring and strong people the best? i miss that about the dance world.

Anonymous said...

i love this. especially because this is one of my favorite songs. thank you so much for sharing.

Alex said...

What I wouldn't give to be a dancer. It's such a beautiful talent.

Krysti Kalkman said...

When I first saw this video about two years ago... I cried. Honestly. It's so beautiful. I love how the dancing is as if each layer of music is being 'played' through them. Astonishing.

valerie said...

#1 this is so gorgeous.
#2 i am working with rachelle right now ! she is assisting the choreographer i am working with at school. xo!

C and N said...

that's really pretty

Jalene said...

that was so cool! who know that dancing could still be so fascinating when the dancers don't even move their feet.

kylee said...

i saw this dance forever ago and fell in love instantly. brilliance at its best.

Platypodian said...

this is amazing. :)

SARA REDD said...

absolutely beautiful and incredibly moving. carolyn is so sexy and powerful.

Megan said...

I'm almost afraid to leave a comment because I know that I cannot clearly articulate just how stunningly beautiful that was to watch. Thanks for posting it :)

Cassandra said...

so awesome.

Brissa said...

this.was.beautiful.

thank you.

Taylor Yves said...

i feel the same way about my time in art school. oh, to be surrounded by such creativity and beauty! that performance is stunning.

Ashley said...

This is just plain beautiful.

Chelsea said...

Love.

jasmine said...

her suspension is SO beautiful. i love how much they accomplished while keeping their feet planted on the ground the entire time. annnnnd i love the interpretation of the music...not just the lyrics, but the music. ugh, so good. she's gorgeous. julliard must have been such an inspiring place. i'm so glad that you got to be a part of the magic. :)

hvoorhees said...

I must say, I'm not really one for interpretive dance, but that was pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

ashley in wonderland said...

That was freaking fantastic. I may need to share it on my blog!