Part One: From the Beginning
At four years old, my mom signed me up for my first dance class, and ever since then I haven’t stopped. Dancing has become more then a hobby for me, it has become something I am interested in doing the rest of my life. Dancing interests me because I love being active, working with others, and simply having fun while getting the job done, all of which dancing provides. Already, I know where to look for colleges that have solid dance programs because I have grown up watching dancers from my studio go to college to major in dance and they have given me advice on where to look. This is very helpful information however I would also like to know specifics about the day in the life of a dance major and how many dancers actually get jobs after college and are able to make a career dancing.
Part Two: The Day in the life of a Dancer
To begin my research I looked up my dream college, New York University. NYU would be an honor to attend as a dance major seeing that being accepted is extremely hard, and only very few dancers are selected every year to attend. I searched for the University online and discovered many helpful things that could help me in the future when I start preparing for auditions. I learned that there are two ways in which one can major; as a student of the University or as a student within a department of specialization or major. What this means is that you can either be accepted to the college through your grades, or through your dance audition. Another piece of helpful information I learned was that if I take dance credits at another University, they will not transfer over to my needed credits for NYU. This is important information to understand so when I look for colleges, I can keep in mind that not all of my credits will transfer from one University to the next.
After learning about how to look for the right college and audition I wanted to know what life was like in college, so I interviewed my friend Reid. Reid used to dance at my studio a few years ago and is currently in college majoring in dance. I asked Reid many questions about daily routines of a dancer and was expected from them. He informed me that there were many differences between dancing in at the studio and dancing in college, one being the fact that there is a larger variety of professors in college rather than the same few teachers at a studio, and in college dancers are more focused on growing and performing from within themselves rather than focusing on competitions like in a studio. I also learned that there are also academic classes required for dance majors for example they have to study dance history and write papers on it. Dance rehearsals are...