Commercial dance kween, Charlize Glass (photo by Joe Toreno)
One of the best (and most challenging) things about dance is that no matter how good you are, there will always be something more you can do to improve. Dance Spirit talked to some of the biggest dance stars to find out what their hoping to work on during this next year. Between dance resolutions and "real life" resolutions these dance phenoms have their eyes on the prize and are ready to make 2019 their best year yet.
Click here to get the inside scoop on the film High Strung: Free Dance!
Juliet Doherty has been at home in the studio and the spotlight since before she could walk. The 21-year-old comes from a long line of dancers: She practically grew up at the school her grandmother owned, Fishback Studio of the Dance in Albuquerque, NM, and her mom was her longtime teacher. As a young student, Doherty competed at the world's toughest ballet competitions and performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas SpectacularRadio City Christmas Spectacular. Eventually, she left Albuquerque to train at the San Francisco Ballet School for three years, and then she danced with Phoenix Ballet for two years.
Along the way, Doherty discovered another great love: acting. In 2014, she was part of the cast of the Susan Stroman–directed musical Little Dancer (alongside Tiler Peck). And in 2017, she appeared in her first film, On Pointe—playing, naturally, an ambitious young dancer.
Now, Doherty's on the big screen again, starring as Barlow in High Strung: Free Dance. Plus, she has a new city to call home: NYC. Doherty sat down with us to talk about the film, her transition into acting, and what's next.
Standout folk-pop musician Clarence Bucaro just released his new album, Passionate Kind, and hand-picked Doherty to star in the video for its title track—which we're premiering exclusively. The song is "about passionate women," Bucaro says: "I watch a lot of opera and read a lot of classic literature and am always taken with the powerful women in them." After seeing Doherty's work, he was mesmerized by her "grace and vitality." Obviously, he has excellent taste. And we can't think of anyone better than Juliet, with her utter devotion to her art, to represent the impassioned woman of the lyrics.
The elegant black-and-white vid, directed by Shalin Sharman, features Doherty working on her craft in an empty studio. It's raw and simple and perfect. And hey, Juliet fans: You won't want to miss our July/August issue!