What's cooler than a chance to talk to dance pros, pick their brains about how they got where they are and get an insider's look at where they work and train? Nothing.
Chapman University in Orange, CA, hosts a yearly Cirque du Soleil Entertainment and Technology Symposium, which allows students to get a special look at what it takes to make the Cirque system operate. The symposium also includes mock auditions and lectures with Cirque directors. This year, the symposium runs from April 16–19.
Chapman University senior Katie Gossen says that the symposium is a really unique experience. And she's especially excited to be heading to the Cirque headquarters in Las Vegas this year. "We will be taking master classes with Cirque employees as well as seeing Michael Jackson ONE and The Beatles Love with a behind the scenes tour for both shows. It's going to be an amazing weekend!"
Dancers in Michael Jackson ONE (photo via Cirque du Soleil)
Cirque was drawn to Chapman thanks to the University's dedication to theater technology, and the symposium hosts classes for theater tech folks as well as performers. Classes range from audio engineering to casting, from costuming and makeup to rigging and stage management.
When you're considering college, these kinds of relationships could help you get a job down the line. And even if your school doesn't have a huge partnership like Chapman's with Cirque, masterclasses and workshops are often a great way to get a foot in the door!