By the Numbers: Dance After High School

 

It’s back-to-school time and we know that high school seniors around the country are starting to think: “What am I going to do after high school”? Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the great world-wide web to find a fantastic list of resources to help you find your answer to that question! Whether you are considering college dance programs or jumping straight into a dance career, we hope these articles will help get those wheels turning. So, here’s a look at dance after high school, by the numbers…

 

Slide1OnStage, the self-proclaimed “leader in theatre opinion and discussion,” shares 10 videos of their picks for the top colleges in the country when it comes to dance programs, along with 7 honorable mentions! We’d say that’s probably a pretty good place to start if you are considering the collegiate route to a dance career. Find them here.

 

Slide2Thinking about choosing a college can seem completely overwhelming at first. But if you can take the advice in this article and get organized, the task will surely go from daunting to heartening!

 

Slide3What kind of list would this be if we didn’t throw in some advice of our own? For a list of ideas on careers outside of the dance studio, check out our recent post on “Dance Your Way Into the Perfect Career”. Here we throw out some ideas on potential professions that use skills learned by a dancer throughout his or her dance career.

 

Slide4Looking for some real world examples? DanceSpirit interviews five professional dancers about the decisions they made after high school. If anything, this article is proof that there is no “right” way to do it. You just have to do it!

 

Slide5No one said that you must choose between “dance or no dance” post-graduation. You can have the best of both worlds! If you are not interested in making a career out of dance after high school, but aren’t ready to put up your dancin’ shoes just yet, this read is for you. Dance Advantage shares how one girl went from competitive ballerina to college student without giving up on dance here.

 

Slide6Professional dancer Adrian Brambila shares his thoughts on what you should do first if you want to become a professional dancer. In a nutshell, he says get on YouTube, save money, and learn, learn, learn. Find all of the details in between here.

 

Slide7This is the most important number! If anything, your dancing years have taught you that you are unique and all your own. And that you can do anything you put your mind to it! So if studying at a premiere college suits you, go for it. If you’ve got your mind set on moving to the big city and pursuing a dance career from the bottom, you can do that, too! There are many paths to take after high school for the dancer. You just have to find the right one for you.

 

Chime in! We’d love to hear if you have any tips for high school dancers. Or, if you are a high school dancer yourself, tell us what other resources you’ve found helpful

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