For years dancers were told that if they wanted to dance, they had to go to a big city (New York, LA, etc.) and start auditioning, taking classes and going after that performing career before they were “too old”. Some teachers and professionals still advise that today, but more and more dancers are being advised to go to college. In fact the next time you go to a performance, read the program notes about the dancers. More than likely the performers graduated from a college program. This is because college dance programs are incubators for professional companies and careers. It’s a safe place to learn to be creative, develop your art and discover your future, wherever that may take you. Here are just a few reasons that going to college to study dance makes sense:
1. At 18 are you sure you know what you want? College gives dancers an opportunity to experience several forms of dance, develop multiple interests, discover different dance-centric careers and explore opportunities.
2. It’s all about connections. The community you build at college will be with you, open doors for you and support you for the rest of your life. Not only your fellow students, but your professors, your guest teachers, lecturers and guest choreographers.
3. More and more colleges are offering double majors or minors so dancers can learn about and pursue parallel careers.