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I recently graduated from high school and am now taking a year off to travel. I have a quetion regarding college dance programs. I do want to be a professional dancer, but I also don't want to dedicate my life soley to dance, only to find out that I can't make it, in which case I see myself much older and with no higher education--not good. Is a college BFA in dance program in any way comparable to an exclusively dance school? If I went to a university and studied dance, would it be enough to land me a place in a company?

thanks!

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It depends on where you go. If your goal initially is to set it as a career goal, then a good strong minor in something else can be helpful in career transition. Places like Indiana, Butler, Oklahoma, Utah and Purchase (SUNY) have decent placement records.

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Hunter has never been particularly strong in dance, and favors modern. I don't know about the UC schools that have dance, and NYU seems to be in a state of flux right now. For years they were still fighting the War against Ballet, that Martha Graham declared over in 1968. I don't know how much of that lingers.

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I think you had better look at the first list Mr. Johnson put up, plus maybe SMU. The most performance oriented schools that I am familiar with are Indiana and Oklahoma. Possibly SUNY Purchase as well.

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Southern Methodist University, in Dallas TX. Despite everyone's good words about it on BalletAlert, i was very disappointed with their audition process.

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hard Choices. :D

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It's all part of growing up. Be comforted in that you are not alone!

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*knockknock....although i'll be 17 in a month*

 

I also have a question regarding colleges. What about the Five Colleges Consortium up in Mass. consisting of Mt. Holyoke (and four other colleges that I don't know of)?

 

And what about Texas Christian University? I visited their campus over the summer and saw the dance facility. It wasn't as high tech as it could be, but apparently they have a strong ballet program and Fernando Bujones it the Artist in Residence or something. Would you guys suggest TCU to be as good as SMU?

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What about them? They all tend to favor modern when they think of dance at all. Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and UMass Amherst all have ballet, but those courses are treated like crazy aunties in the attic by the administrations. And how much do you like western Massachusetts? Especially in the winter?

 

And TCU is all right.

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I don't think Bujones is there much, though, as he is also director of Southern Ballet in Orlando.

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