The end of high school is an exciting time! From graduation to dance recitals, it is not only a time to reflect on your accomplishments, but also it is time to make life changing decisions about the future? One decision many dancers face is how to continue their dance career. In today’s world, there are many opportunities for continuing your dance education after high school. We gathered 10 different options for dancers looking to continue their passion
Classes at University!
What is better than getting college credit for something you love?! Many universities offer dance courses. From dance appreciation classes to advance technique classes, there are plenty of opportunities to grow your dance education foundation!
What if your university does not offer dance classes? Almost all universities and colleges have dance clubs. From hip-hop clubs to ballet troupes, student clubs are not only a great way to continue dancing but also to meet other dancers! Also, because most clubs are student ran there are frequently opportunities to set your own choreography!
Looking to compete? Dance teams are an awesome way to improve your skills and also work with a group of other dedicated dancers. Additionally, dance teams are a great way to get involved with your school and show some spirit. Not only do dance teams travel to compete, they also perform at athletic events too! Insider tip: interested in a school dance team? While in high school, get in contact with the team and see if they are running any clinics or workshops you could attend. This will show that you are committed to the team and when auditions come the coach will already know you! 🙂
Majoring in Dance
Looking to continue dance beyond college while still getting an academic education? Majoring in dance is a great way to do just that! Options for dance majors are vast. Many schools function in the conservatory style with classes everyday, other schools offer more relaxed course scheduling. Some schools even have majors in dance education! How cool is that?! Most schools also have performances each semester too!
Independent study programs are a perfect way to shape your own schedule! These programs give students freedom to pick classes and techniques to study. Additionally, these programs offer dancers time to hold a job or do online schooling. Interested in doing an independent study program? Look into The Ailey School and Steps on Broadway’s independent study programs!
If you are looking for more structure than an independent study program, a trainee program is perfect for you! Some trainee programs are open to students as young as 12; however, most programs are open to those between 18 and 25. The rigorous schedules of these programs give students a chance to experience what company life may be like. Also, many companies recruit from their trainee programs!
A stepping stone for most dancers before entering a company is being an apprentice. Apprenticeships give dancers time to work with and perform with companies! Some apprenticeships even offer paid contracts. To be considered as an apprentice differs for various companies, many companies use their summer intensive programs to recruit dancers!