In Training: Go Global

Three study-abroad options for dancers An FSU dancer at the Louvre in Paris. Photo by Devyn Kreeger, Courtesy FSU. Studying abroad can be one of the greatest adventures of a dancer’s college career. Learn­ing about the history and dances of other cultures—and simply experiencing life in another country—can help you expand your notion of theMore »

Beyond the Footlights

These young dancers started their own initiatives to give back—and learned a lot in return. In 2010, then-college senior Joanna Poz-Molesky took the stage in a packed theater in Guatemala. It was a momentous occasion. A decade earlier, she had been sitting in the very same theater watching a performance when she became interested inMore »

Movement in the Moment

Choose an improv method that will challenge your weaknesses. Often, the key to growing as a dancer is getting out of a mental or physical rut. One solution? Improvisation. Its unpredictable, uncomfortable challenges can help dancers find their voices while fostering playfulness and body awareness. But each style of improvisation—Gaga, Forsythe and contact are amongMore »

Ballroom on Campus

Top collegiate companies Ballroom in college has often been thought of as an extracurricular activity. But at a handful of universities, you can get serious training while pursuing your dance degree. These three schools offer a strong technical foundation in ballroom and are home to some of the nation’s best collegiate teams, drawing advanced studentsMore »

In Training: The College Audition Solo

What are faculty members looking for?   A lot of pressure comes with dancing at an audition in a bare room alone—especially when it’s in front of panelists who decide how you will spend the next four years of your training. Boiling down years of technique and artistry into a few minutes of movement, theMore »

In Training: Dancing to Hollywood and Beyond

Three degrees for commercial dancers A few years ago, students pursuing a commercial dance career might have come up short in the college search. But today’s programs more than meet their needs. “I want students to be as technically strong and versatile as possible,” says Rhonda Miller, director of Pace University’s commercial dance program, “soMore »

Dancing with Mr. B

Three schools where students can dive into Balanchine technique and rep      Indiana University dancers in Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15. Photo by Christophe Buszkiewicz, Courtesy Indiana University. George Balanchine, and the rich body of work he created, might be considered the gold standard for serious ballet students. But you don’t have to join aMore »