15-year-old Julia Hudson has danced at Moving in the Spirit for twelve years. This is her second year dancing and touring with the Apprentice Corporation.
You’ve been in our programs for a long time. What makes the Apprentice Corporation unique from your other classes here?
“Because I’ve been here so long, I really know the people I’m dancing with. I connect with them in a deeper sense, more than just through dancing.”
Preparing for tour requires several weeks of seven-hour-a-day rehearsals. What have you learned about yourself and your peers during such an intense process?
“I’ve learned how to preserve my energy and push myself when I’m tired. I’ve also learned how to handle people and help them when they are stressed out, what to do and what not to do.
Leadership is a big part of touring. How do plan to stand out as a leader?
“I’m normally very quiet, so I’ve tried to speak up and take lead more, especially when we have to explain things to people on tour who are not familiar with the program. This year, I want to be a stronger leader, to help freshman dancers know what to do.”
What has your individual voice added to the tour performance?
“I’ve contributed calmness. When people are stressed, I’m calm, and that helps the performance.”
What do you want audiences to take away from this year’s tour show?
“I want them to connect to the messages in our pieces. I want them to have a favorite that reminds them of something in their own lives.”
The theme of this year’s tour is ‘Stand Up.’ What do you stand for?
“This year on tour, I stand for all the people like me who are shy, who are trying to find their voice and say what they believe in instead of letting others speak for them.”
Julia and the tour team are giving their final performance in Atlanta on Friday, June 26, 8 PM at 7 Stages Theatre.