School Buzz: Dancewave Demystifies College Dance

Dancewave Company, a teen dance troupe sponsored by Dancewave, performs at last year’s Kids Café Festival Goes To College. Photo by Tom Rawe.

What does it mean to dance in college? For many high school dancers, the answer is a mystery. Dancewave, a non-profit dance organization for teens in NYC, is working to change that through its Kids Café Festival Goes To College. Now in its second year, the festival comprises a series of free events designed to expose high school students to multiple college dance programs through classes, performances and information sessions.

“We’re hoping people will become excited and eager to major in dance,” says Veronica Carnero, Dancewave’s education and marketing manager and Kids Café Festival Goes To College coordinator. “In this economy, I think people are hesitant to go into the arts, but we’re saying, ‘Go for it. Continue with your passion because that’s what’s going to make you happy.’ ”

The festival kicked off last October, when Dancewave partnered with organizations including Career Transition For Dancers, Dance/NYC and Pentacle to produce Dancing Through College And Beyond at The Juilliard School in NYC. Open to high school dancers and their parents, the event offered a master class, panel discussions and a college fair with representatives from more than 25 college dance programs.

This month, up to 150 high school juniors and seniors will take master classes at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Professors from Marymount Manhattan, LIU—Brooklyn, and the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, and will teach. (The event, scheduled for January 29, is open to the public, but limited to high school juniors and seniors. Call 718-533-4696 or e-mail to reserve your space.)

The festival will culminate with two shows featuring performances by NYC teen dance groups and dancers from 13 college programs. The shows will be held February 5 and 6, 2011, on the LIU—Brooklyn campus.

College application deadlines are drawing near! Before submitting your app, head to to read up on application strategies. The site is also chock-full of information about dancing in college and has up-to-date facts on more than 600 college dance programs. Check it out!

About Colleen Bohen

I’m proud of my “comp kid” past! Dance meant everything to me when I was a kid, and I spent my happiest hours studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop for 15 years at my local Long Island studio, L.A. Dance Studio, and competing with its company. I majored in journalism at Hofstra University, and save for an early stint with the student-run organization Danceworks, my dance career wound down just as my journalism career ramped up. Most of my attention was soon diverted to my work with the school’s newspaper, student magazine and an internship in NYC. After college, I spent a few years as a business journalist covering the toy and consumer electronics industries and now I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a way back to my first love—dance!
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