Ask Amy: Degree Dilemmas

Should I turn down an apprenticeship to finish my dance degree, or should I put my education on pause? —Ashleigh Congratulations on receiving an apprenticeship offer! They don’t come every day. If you think you’re ready for company life, and will be full of regrets if you turn the offer down, you can always resumeMore »

Summer on Campus

Maura Bell was determined to have a ballet career. But as a high school senior, she didn’t feel ready to audition for companies yet. “I knew I had more maturing to do, both technically and as a young woman,” she remembers. Bell started researching collegiate options and discovered that Indiana University’s ballet department hosted aMore »

Beyond the BFA

During his sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma, Austin Crumley switched the focus of his Bachelor of Fine Arts from ballet performance to ballet pedagogy. “I figured I already knew how to perform,” he says. “I wanted to take advantage of OU’s incredible faculty to learn something new.” The degree change didn’t close anyMore »

Juggling Two Worlds

Upon high school graduation, dancers are often forced to choose between going to college or pursuing a career right away. Since a dancer’s professional life is short, many who put school on hold plan to eventually go back. But with more options than ever before—from online degree programs to night classes to college programs developedMore »

2016 Higher Ed Guide

These days, many ballet dancers are opting to earn their college diploma before they score a company contract. Because there are dozens of degree programs that emphasize ballet, going to school doesn’t mean you’re setting your dreams aside. We’ve gathered 100 college dance programs with bunheads in mind, and many offer scholarships specifically for danceMore »

To College or Not to College? Upcoming Fairs Might Have the Answer

Is college in your future? Planning to dance when you get there? If the answer is yes—or if you’re agonizing over these very questions and want more information before making the decision—you need to check out these upcoming college dance fairs. Só Dança College Dance Fair September 2−4, Boca Raton, Florida Butler University, New YorkMore »

The College-Company Connection

Informal connections between BFA programs and professional troupes have been around for decades. But in the last dozen years, some companies and universities began formalizing their relationships, creating joint BFA/trainee programs that provide enrollees both significant pre-professional experience and a four-year degree. In a time of shrinking job opportunities and rising tuition costs, that makesMore »

Your Training: On-Campus Companies

During her first semester with Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Rachel Silvern surprised herself. “Growing up, the focus was always on dancing to please others, to get cast in something,” she says. “But at Columbia, suddenly it wasn’t about who was watching or what they thought. I was dancing for myself—and rediscovering why I danced in theMore »

One-Stop College Shop—For Free!

Considering college? You’re in luck. Juilliard is hosting a special event for high school dancers on Sunday, October 3. “Dancing Through College and Beyond,” offers a full day of networking, information and panels, brining together representatives form over 20 college dance departments. Participating schools include The Ailey School/Fordham University, The Boston Conservatory, The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College and more.