That call came from the admissions department at the Juilliard
School, and it went to Ulrich's cellphone, to let her know she had
been accepted to the prestigious academy.
Juilliard's mission is to educate talented performing musicians,
dancers and actors so they may achieve the highest artistic
standards. It is at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in
the heart of New York City.
Ulrich, an 18-year-old resident of Huntington Harbour, graduates
today from the Orange County High School of the Arts, a place where
she has honed her skills and technique through the school's
commercial dance department.
She is one of two OCHSA students, and one of 12 girls
internationally, to be accepted to Juilliard for the 2005-06 academic
year. She is also the first OCHSA commercial dance student to be
accepted at Juilliard.
Soon it will be time for her to make the big move to the Big Apple
to pursue her big dream.
For 15 years Ulrich said she has been involved with "every style"
of dance, but her focus has been in modern, ballet and jazz, which
she will continue to study at Juilliard.
While a student at Marine View Middle School, Ulrich said she
researched the Juilliard School to find out what it was about.
"I knew after reading up on it, that I wanted to go there one
day," she said. Helping her move toward that goal was the
instruction she received at OCHSA, which is in Santa Ana.
Ulrich admits to being nervous the first day of school her
freshman year, but she blossomed into one of the school's most
respected and talented students.
"Even as a freshman, we placed her in our most advanced groups,"
said Cindy Peca-Dolan, assistant director of the commercial dance
department at the school. "She had been featured in nearly every
number choreographed for and at the school."
Peca-Dolan has worked with Ulrich for the past 10 years.
"Working with Allison is always a pleasure and very creatively
stimulating," Peca-Dolan said. "She is exceptionally talented and a
risk-taker who is not afraid to take a new approach to her movement.
"She's just so focused and well-rounded. She's always prepared and
there's such a sense of energy and dynamics to her dancing. She'll do
just great at Juilliard."