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I need advice for my future in dance!
By Halsmith Comments: 3, member since Tue Jul 21, 2015
On Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:15 AM

So basically I am having an academic identity crisis. I'm not totally sure where to start, but here goes nothing.

I have been dancing since I was four, at my family owned dance studio. My dance studio is 100% recreational and doesn't have a huge focus on technique. Nevertheless, I've worked hard independently and have grown to be one of the stronger dancers at my studio. Now I'm 19 and I'm attending a local college for Elementary Education, entering my sophomore year The problem is, I don't want to be a teacher. Or anything, really, besides a having a career in dance. I want to dance, or to have my own studio. I had considered going to college for dance when I was a senior in high school, but told myself that I wouldn't do well (being the strongest dancer at a low level studio wouldn't be enough, I told myself).

Now, I'm really regretting that. Like, a lot. I'm at the point where I'm considering transferring to a college that offers a major in dance. In the mean time, I've started taking a few technique classes per week at a more rigorous studio in addition to my regular classes at my family's studio. So I'm up to about 5 classes per week as opposed to 2.

I guess what I'm asking for is some advice. Specifically,

1. Is it possible to transfer in to a dance program after already being in college for a year? If so how would I do it?

2. Are there programs that will allow me to build my technique? In other words, do all dance programs expect you to have stellar technique when entering the program?

3. Lastly, do you guys have any general advice or recommendations for me? I'm kind of desperate here and I don't know what options I have for a career in dance.

I would appreciate any help I can get.

2 Replies to I need advice for my future in dance!

re: I need advice for my future in dance!
By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 34923, member since Wed May 22, 2002
On Tue Jul 21, 2015 06:00 PM
Keep the Elementary Education. Even if you make it your minor. Keep it. The list of people that have gotten Dance majors, and then done nothing with them - either of their own volition, or because they'd wrecked their bodies getting the degree and couldn't continue to use it - is lengthy. Have a backup plan.
re: I need advice for my future in dance!
By Moonlitefairy06member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 7177, member since Fri Apr 16, 2004
On Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:22 PM
I agree continue on the education track. It could allow you to teach dance in a public school which is a win-win. I think going to technique classes is a great plan and maybe in a few years, you can help up the quality of your own family's dance studio for dancers who want some more serious training. Perhaps when your parents (I'm assuming they owners) retire you can buy the business from them. Majoring in dance in college is really expensive and doesn't pay off. You wouldn't pay a studio $5,000 for 3 hours a week for 4 months, but that's how much college classes can cost, with no guarantee of a professional job dancing. At the very least double major (which most education programs makes you do anyway) or just do dance as a minor. If you want take a stab at professional dancing, maybe try out for cruise ships, theme parks and stuff like that.