This time of year sees a lot of high school juniors beginning their college search! February and April vacations are often spent touring schools (often with disgruntled younger siblings in tow-I remember those days)! A lot of students are interested in pursuing dance in college but may be wary-people always seem to want to tell you that careers in the arts are risky and you’ll need a backup plan. However, you may have more options than you think if you’re interested in pursuing a career in dance. Dancers are creative, flexible, passionate, hard-working and disciplined, which sets us up for success no matter what we choose to do!
Careers in dance aren’t limited to performing professionally or teaching. Interested in what goes in to putting together a performance? Consider lighting design or stage management. Love to sew and design clothes? Costume design could be for you! You can also look into dance photography, dance therapy, physical therapy, becoming a yoga or pilates instructor! You can also go into arts administration, marketing, or teach dance in a public school. The possibilities are endless! Here’s one article with some ideas for you: http://www.danceinforma.com/2015/04/01/15-great-dance-related-jobs-dancers/
ABDC has lots of alumni who have danced in college-whether recreationally or with the goal to pursue a dance-related profession, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! I can put you in touch with someone who might have the same interests as you.
Happy college searching!