balletbooster Posted April 21, 2003 Report Share Posted April 21, 2003 I would like to know what anyone can tell me about the interest that a dancer might get from college programs AFTER he/she has danced professionally for several years. For many aspiring dancers, their plans include dancing professionally for several years and then going to college. Some may want to get their degrees in dance, perhaps to enable them to teach at the college level, others because this is their area of knowledge and the straightest path to a college degree. So, how do dance programs view dancers in their mid-20's who have 5-8 years of pro dancing under their belts? Are they welcomed into dance programs or are they seen as too old to "fit the mold", perhaps offering better credentials than the faculty? Perhaps because their pro-careers are behind them, instead of in front of them, they are not seen as good candidates. There has been some discussion amongst dancers and educators here in our area about the purpose of college dance programs (are they there to train dancers for pro careers, train people to teach dance or just to perpetuate the college dance programs themselves) . The answer to my question may be at the root of this larger issue. If they are welcomed into a program, does anyone know if they are likely to receive scholarships in dance or are these most often reserved for the traditional, 18-year-old freshmen (in spite of the fact that their abilities and experience might be far inferior to the older, experienced dancer)? Just looking for some anecdotal information about any of your dancing kids or their friends. This is not an area that I have seen too much information about and in thinking further into the future than my child, I was just wondering about this...:confused: Quote Link to comment
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