Day One

PICTURED JULIET DOHERTY PHOTOGRAPHER KEVIN LANGE

PICTURED JULIET DOHERTY
PHOTOGRAPHER KEVIN LANGE

 
 

At the tender age of 19, Juliet Doherty is no stranger to competition having already competed successfully at many international ballet competitions. 

A natural beauty hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Juliet trains at the famed Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona with Slawomir and Irena Wozniak.

Currently in Varna, Bulgaria for the International Ballet Competition, Juliet will be competing in the Senior Solo and Pas de Deux categories.  This section allows for entrants of up to 26 years of age, meaning she will be competing alongside soloists and principals from international ballet companies.

MDM have been lucky enough to gain exclusive access to Juliet’s daily diary for the duration of her time in the competition which is running for the next 7 days. Each day of the competition we will be posting updates of Juliet’s experience in Bulgaria. You will get a look behind the scenes into the life of a true ballerina!

Be sure to follow along with us for the journey!

 

The adventure begins..

 
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IBC Varna, first day at registration. signing in and excited for everything to begin!

IBC Varna, first day at registration. signing in and excited for everything to begin!

 
getting ready for warm up class!

getting ready for warm up class!

 
quick stretch after the long light at a rehearsal studio in varna, bulgaria.

quick stretch after the long light at a rehearsal studio in varna, bulgaria.

 

 

Day Two

drawing my number in the press room.

drawing my number in the press room.

 
taking in this beautiful open air theater.

taking in this beautiful open air theater.

 
stretch time!

stretch time!

 
final studio rehearsals in varna, practicing my variation for the first round.

final studio rehearsals in varna, practicing my variation for the first round.

 

 

Day Three

 
last warm up class before performance.

last warm up class before performance.

 
stretching before my performance.

stretching before my performance.

 
Feeling the stage for the first time!

Feeling the stage for the first time!

 

 

Day Four

 
heading to the beautiful open air theater for first round.

heading to the beautiful open air theater for first round.

 
mum helping with final touches before we take the stage for our pas de deux!

mum helping with final touches before we take the stage for our pas de deux!

 

 

Day Five

 
first round performing satanella pas de deux. I'm having fun, can you tell?

first round performing satanella pas de deux. I'm having fun, can you tell?

 
back in the studio rehearsing pas d'esclave. we are not used to dancing on wooden floors but we are doing our best!

back in the studio rehearsing pas d'esclave. we are not used to dancing on wooden floors but we are doing our best!

 

 

Day Six

 
juliet is taking a rest day.. but we can confirm that she has successfully made it through to the second round! juliet is one of thirteen women left in the competition and one of three girls from the usa!

juliet is taking a rest day.. but we can confirm that she has successfully made it through to the second round! juliet is one of thirteen women left in the competition and one of three girls from the usa!

 
rehearsing for second round, pas d'esclave!

rehearsing for second round, pas d'esclave!

 

 

Day Seven

 
Celebrating passing into second round with fellow American dancers. From left, Jack Beckham, Sophia Lucia, Juliet Doherty and Slawek Wozniak. 

Celebrating passing into second round with fellow American dancers. From left, Jack Beckham, Sophia Lucia, Juliet Doherty and Slawek Wozniak. 

 
Juliet and slawek rehearsing their contemporary dance 'drawn to one'. this piece is choreographed by krista king-doherty. talent must run in the family ;)

Juliet and slawek rehearsing their contemporary dance 'drawn to one'. this piece is choreographed by krista king-doherty. talent must run in the family ;)

 
a sneaky shot of juliet rehearsing for second round at 4am!

a sneaky shot of juliet rehearsing for second round at 4am!

 

 

Day Eight

 
Registration for Round 2!  So excited to have made it this far!  In this next round I will get to perform both classical and contemporary pieces.  I will be one of only 3 participants representing the USA in the senior division.

Registration for Round 2!  So excited to have made it this far!  In this next round I will get to perform both classical and contemporary pieces.  I will be one of only 3 participants representing the USA in the senior division.

 
Signing the program outside the theatre for these lovely girls. I’m fortunate to meet so many ballet lovers from around the world! ❤️

Signing the program outside the theatre for these lovely girls. I’m fortunate to meet so many ballet lovers from around the world! ❤️

 
Slawek and I will be performing “Drawn to One” for Round 2. Choreographed by Krista King-Doherty. 

Slawek and I will be performing “Drawn to One” for Round 2. Choreographed by Krista King-Doherty. 

 

 

Day Nine

 
The day has come to perform in Round Two! Stretching and preparing backstage before we perform.

The day has come to perform in Round Two! Stretching and preparing backstage before we perform.

 
Moments captured from my variation from Pas d'Esclave. Such an emotion filled evening and incredible experience dancing here at Varna IBC 💜

Moments captured from my variation from Pas d'Esclave. Such an emotion filled evening and incredible experience dancing here at Varna IBC 💜

 

 

Day Ten

 
A few moments captured during Juliet’s Round Two performance! 

A few moments captured during Juliet’s Round Two performance! 

 
Sadly, we saw Juliet’s Second Round performance as her last in the competition.  Juliet will continue to attend rehearsals and performances to show her support and respect for those who were chosen to pass into round three.  This has been an incredible, challenging and rewarding experience for Juliet and we are so appreciative that she took us along for the adventure to the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria! 

Sadly, we saw Juliet’s Second Round performance as her last in the competition. 

Juliet will continue to attend rehearsals and performances to show her support and respect for those who were chosen to pass into round three. 

This has been an incredible, challenging and rewarding experience for Juliet and we are so appreciative that she took us along for the adventure to the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria! 

 

 

Final Blog

 
Juliet congratulating Sophia Lucia on her performances and special recognition in Varna. 

Juliet congratulating Sophia Lucia on her performances and special recognition in Varna. 

 

Juliet shared some words with us about her experience at IBC Varna.

“The challenges that I encountered in this competition have made me grow as an artist and person. I feel stronger knowing that I can handle more than I thought was possible.

Highlights of my trip include performing in the beautiful, green Open-Air theatre, meeting and watching other artists from around the world and swimming in the Black Sea!

My experience at Varna IBC was one I will never forget. I want to thank everyone who followed my journey, and supported me through each and every moment. This would not have been possible without the tremendous help from my family, my teachers, and my partner. They all generously contributed to this memory I will treasure always!”

 
One of Juliet’s highlights, swimming in the Black Sea. 

One of Juliet’s highlights, swimming in the Black Sea. 

 
Relaxing in Varna with a coffee scrub! 

Relaxing in Varna with a coffee scrub! 

 

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