Student Reflections: Dancer Noah Wang

Monday, Jun 17, 2019
Noah Wang
Juilliard Journal
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Dancer Noah Wang as the Shaman in Martha Graham's 'The Rite of Spring' which was part of Spring Dances
Noah as the Shaman in Martha Graham's 'The Rite of Spring'

Reflections on a Year That Could Only Happen at Juilliard

Students wrote about the 2019-20 school year for this digital scrapbook featuring recaps of artistic, academic, and social highlights, top takeaways, surprises, summer plans, and more. Keep an eye out for entries from other students and check out a slide show of photos from the season.

By Noah Wang


• Performing in Martha Graham’s The Rite of Spring [Noah was the Shaman], which taught me so much about the discipline, consistency, and patience required to perform such a grand work. I proved to myself through the process that I am capable of much more than I previously thought.

• Taking President Woetzel’s Arts and Society course in the fall. Not only is he an eloquent, impassioned, good-natured artist who is fascinating to listen to, but he also introduced the class to inspiring and accomplished outside guests, all of whom got me to start thinking about my artistic vision beyond the walls of Juilliard.

• My cozy apartment. My roommate and I have lots of friends over, and I’ve had some unforgettable conversations in my living room and kitchen. I’m super grateful for that!

Biggest surprise

Looking back, the most exhausting and difficult moments were also the happiest and most enjoyable. This was the first time in my education that I felt work and play became truly integrated, and the experience has only increased my desire to pursue a career in dance.

Noah Wang holds Rudolf Nureyev and Joseph F. McCrindle scholarships; this summer, he is planning to visit Montreal and Europe

The above is adapted from a special feature that originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Juilliard Journal.