I've come with a question... it's long and maybe a bit complicated, but we'll see what happens.
I'm a freshman at a college in New York City with a well-known dance department, but I'm struggling from a lack of ballet. Many of the dancers are ex-comp kids who didn't really have strong training in ballet and don't appreciate ballet nearly as much as I do. I'm frustrated. I definitely feel like I'm not getting the intense ballet training I wanted from my college experience. I'm not surrounded by bunheads like me, like I wanted. Of course, it's important to be diverse in your dance training and have experience in modern, jazz, tap, etc., but I was hoping for a ballet-centered program with training in the other styles as well, and I ended up at a more modern-based program. So, I've been rolling around in my head whether or not I want to transfer.
Here are the reasons I'm still doubting transferring:
My current school has a dance science piece integrated into the dance major, and that's hard to find elsewhere, and I want to move into physical therapy after I am finished dancing.
I love living in New York City, and don't know if I could give up living in such a cool place.
This college is hard on the bank account, and I don't want to have to put in another year of school if my credits don't transfer (for money reasons).
And the big one- I love ballet, and want to be able to focus on it more in my college career, but if I'm not going to get a job with a ballet company after I graduate (which is realistically very unlikely based on my technique and body), why would I bother transferring?
I guess it boils down to the question: do I transfer to be able to do what I love a bit longer, or do I stay where I am because it's not important enough to change?
Edited to add: If I were to transfer, it would most likely be after the next fall semester!
Obviously, no one is going to have all the answers. I'm just looking for opinions, thoughts, etc. Maybe some reassurance?