Aspiring dance majors have a lot of questions.
Of course you do! You are making important decisions regarding your future. Not to mention the transition from high school to a university is one of the largest leaps you’ll ever take.
Dancers that want to continue their dance education at the college level have their own unique concerns. The number of questions you have about auditioning for a dance department, health and nutrition, expectations, and more may feel overwhelming but we’re here to answer and clear up any concerns you have about college dance.
College Dance 101
Thinking About Dancing In College
- But What I Really Want To Do Is Dance!
- Setting Goals and Choosing A Training Path
- The Right Steps Towards A Career In Dance
- What To Do When It’s Clear A Career Isn’t In Your Future
- Helping Graduation-Bound Students Shape Their Own Futures
- 15 Ways To Prepare For Your First Year As A College Dance Major
Choosing A College Dance Program
The Fast and Dirty College Dance Degree Code:
- BFA: for students intending to pursue professional careers as dancers and choreographers. This tends to best prepare students for MFA study.
- BA: for students that may want to perform/choreograph but may prefer or wish to teach and/or double major in another academic subject. This path may lead to MA work in multiple disciplines.
- Dance Certification: for those intending to teach dance in the public schools. Without this distinction, you are NOT considered “Highly Qualified” to teach K-12 no matter what type of degree (including a masters!) you hold.
- Minor: for students that want to keep their options open and readily apply their dance education to other subjects. Many dance minors begin as dancers that are not ready to “give it up yet.” Or a minor in dance is a compromise with their parents who think they should major in a more sensible area of study.
- Specialization: depending on the school, this may be equivalent to a minor or it may not.
Applying For A College Dance Program
Auditioning For A College Dance Department
- 16 Auditioning Basics and Pointers
- What to Do Before, During, & After the Audition
- Choosing a Dance Audition Piece
- Reel Deal: Ace Your Video Audition
- How To Improvise Movement When You’ve Never Done It Before
The College Dance Life
- From Competition To College
- Discovering New Things Over Winter Break From College
- To All College Dancers: Success Is Just A Mentor Away
- Dance and the Grading Process
Dancing For Recreation In College
What Happens After Graduation?
- Graduating From Dance Major to Dance Professional
- Are College Dance Grads Ready For The “Real World?”
- 5 Must-Dos Before You Apply For A Creative Graduate Program
You can find even more links and career options in our College Guide archive.
Starting Soon as a Dance Major?
Transitioning To College: What Freshman Dance Majors Need To Know is a college preparation guide for first-year students written specifically for dancers. It provides a snapshot of college life, essential information on what to expect in a dance program of study, and scores of tips and tricks for staying healthy and happy.
The E-book Helps You:
Own Your Education What college freshman can expect to encounter freshman year in terms of dance technique and training, as well as overall scholastics.
Study Smarter, Not Harder
More College Links
Dance(212): the college years gives insight into the lives of real dancers. The second season is just beginning and this time the 5 young dancers are college students studying dance in New York City’s top dance programs. You’ll have to stay tuned to see how things unfold for these dancers but it is sure to offer a window into life in the dance department.
College Parent Central – written by a parent and college teacher, this site is aimed at preparing parents and students for every aspect of college life.
Study Hacks Blog Archive – lots of great study advice for college students.
Unigo.com – answering questions about college with tools like scholarship search, college matching, rankings and more.
MyCollegeGuide.org – web companion and blog for the annual My College Guide magazine.
College Students, are you interested in working with us?
Dance Advantage accepts guest post submissions if you want to write about dance or your college experience.
We also offer internships for those who want to learn more about dance writing, blogging, and social media. If you think you’d like to gain some experience in any of these areas, contact me with a brief letter highlighting the reasons for your interest and previous experience in dance, communications, journalism, or other relevant subjects, as well as one writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write clearly and succinctly about a topic.