The term "dance degree" can be a little misleading—after all, it's a degree that prepares you for far more than just performing. Classes as varied as composition, pedagogy, dance science, and even grant writing are a part of some dance programs today.
"When I was creating our Bachelor of Arts in Dance program, I went to the Department of Labor and Dance/USA, and I learned that only 17 percent of grads with a performance degree end up performing," says Kim Vaccaro, associate professor of dance at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. "I wanted to offer students as much choice as possible." The result is a program that offers students myriad career options—like these seven:
If you've had a "Dancing with the Stars"-shaped hole in your heart since the most recent season ended, never fear: The "DWTS" live tour is here! Following each season of the show, a mix of pro dancers and recently-featured stars put on their dancing shoes to travel 'round the country, dazzling fans with rumbas, tangos, and cha cha-chas.
This year, the tour is hitting an insane 69 cities over the course of three months (we're tired just thinking about it). Dance Spirit caught up with reigning "DWTS" champion Alan Bersten to see what it's really like to perform every night on the live tour.
Few college dance programs can boast as many success stories as Oklahoma City University—in fact it's hard to go to a Broadway show or national tour and not see an OCU grad. Fewer still can lay claim to as much talent from their male alumni. We asked five male OCU dance grads how their alma mater contributed to their success in show business:
Are you a college student curious about what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite magazine? You're in luck—because Dance Spirit is searching for an editorial intern for summer 2020!
We'll be accepting applications through March 1. Internships pay an hourly stipend and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment in our NYC office from June to August. (We do not provide assistance securing housing.)
If you're interested, please send a cover letter, resumé and two writing samples to Margaret Fuhrer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put "Summer Internship Application" in the subject line. All attachments must be formatted as PDFs.
We will interview selected candidates in March in person or by phone, and let candidates know by mid-April if they have been chosen. Please note that we do not accept high school students, or any students under 18, and that we give preference to college juniors and seniors.
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You're in tap class and the teacher breaks down a complex phrase. You think you understand it, but when the music comes on, the speed and intricacy of the combination seem like more than your feet can handle.
It can be discouraging to feel as though your technique fails you as the tempo picks up, but you can train your feet to keep up with faster, trickier rhythms. DS talked to two master tappers to get strategies for increasing speed without sacrificing precision.