Magazine article Dance Spirit

YOU SHOULD KNOW Juliet Doherty

Magazine article Dance Spirit

YOU SHOULD KNOW Juliet Doherty

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FROM COMP KID TO CLARA, THIS YOUNG DANCER IS READY TO TAKE OVER THE BALLET WORLD. By Alison Feller

Juliet Doherty just may have it all: ridiculously long legs, the archiest feet on any given stage, big, beautiful eyes, sky-high leaps and totally controlled turns - plus a role at Radio City Music Hall. And she's smart and super sweet? Yes, 14-year-old Juliet has the kind of dance life most of us only dream of.

Juliet started dancing when she was 3 at her great-grandmothers studio, Fishback Studio of the Dance, in her hometown of Albuquerque, NM. "1 was born into a dancing family," says Juliet, who trains with her mom. She began with ballet classes, and by the time she was 5 she had added modern, jazz, tap and acrobatics as well. Juliet also made an early name for herself on the competition and convention circuit. "I did my first competition solo when I was 7, and it was a hip-hop number," she says, giggling. "But then I was like, hinm. maybe this isnt a fit for me."

Hip hop wasn't her forte, but ballet certainly is. In addition to attending competitions such as New York City Dance Alliance, International Dance Challenge and Showstopper, Juliet began competing at Youth America Grand Prix at age 9. "I love attending conventions because you get to learn from and put yourself in front of so many amazing teachers," she says. "But at YAGP, you get the opportunity to earn scholarships and take a step even further into your future. I love competing with dancers from all over the world."

In 2009, Juliet traveled to Chicago to audition for the role of Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was cast in the show's Seattle/Pittsburgh tour in what Juliet calls "the most exciting time of my life!" The next year, she was cast in the Florida/Texas leg of the tour." Finally, in 2011, Juliet landed the role of Clara in the biggest production of all: the NYC show at Radio City Music Hall. …

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