In Training: Certified to Dance?

A dance certificate doesn’t equal a college degree, but it can help smooth the transition into professional life.     Students in class at The Ailey School. Photo by Eduardo Patino, Courtesy Ailey.   As a high school senior, Brionna Edmundson had her sights set on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s BFA program at FordhamMore »

Your Degree, Plus Pilates

Dance programs that offer certification on the side     Teaching Pilates has long been a great gig for performers. It’s a flexible job that builds on dancers’ skills and offers a steady paycheck. Today, college programs are making the career super-accessible by offering Pilates certification. By the time students graduate, they have the physicalMore »

The Intern Advantage

Build skills and jump-start your career.   Browne (right) with Brandon Cournay in a Keigwin + Company rehearsal. Photo by Whitney Browne, Courtesy Keigwin + Company.   In the summer between her junior and senior years at Connecticut College, Kim Lusk took on an administrative internship with Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle program. “I wantedMore »

The Best of Both Worlds: Low-Residency MFAs

Low-residency MFAs offer working dancers more flexibility.     Nicole Wolcott in her UWM MFA thesis Paper Pieces. Photo by Whitney Brown, Courtesy University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.   For many dancers, concerns about the next stage in their career frequently loom overhead. Enrolling in a master’s program serves as a crucial stepping-stone, especially if one wantsMore »

Choose Your Next Move: Choreographic Workshops

The twofold benefits of choreographic workshops for dancers   Jorma Elo with Ballet BC dancer Darren Devaney. Photo by Michael Slobodian, Courtesy Ballet BC. Christoph von Riedemann remembers feeling anxious when he walked into a studio with Jorma Elo. Then a student, it was his first Ballet BC Choreographic Workshop, and he was nervous aboutMore »

In Training: Leaving the Nest

How do students know they’re ready for full-time training?     Mallory Mehaffey and students of the Houston Ballet Academy in Stanton Welch’s Studies. Photo by Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet.   By the time Ahna Lipchik started high school, she was already dreaming of attending a year-round boarding program. But something inside told herMore »

In Training: Learning to Fly

College aerial programs take flight.     University of Wyoming students performing at Vedauwoo rec area. Photo by J. Harper, Courtesy University of Wyoming.   Lately, aerial dance has become a major genre—take a look at productions of Cirque du Soleil or on Broadway, and you’ll see dancers high overhead, engulfed in swaths of fabricMore »

BFAs for the Great White Way

Three college programs for aspiring triple threats.   Singing. Dancing. Acting. For college-bound students hoping to become the next triple threat, it’s often hard to find a dance program that nurtures all three—and few musical theater programs offer enough challenging courses for seriously trained dancers. Choosing the right school takes some digging and creative planning.More »

From the Inside Out: Repertory Workshops

Repertory workshops give dancers a chance to experience a choreographer’s process.     Alexandra Damiani rehearsing with dancers during Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s repertory workshop. Photo by Ally Duffy, Courtesy Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.   Although master classes and summer intensives can be a great way to hone technique, many dancers are hungry to graspMore »