Aren’t you tired of hearing tales about college life from your parents, teachers and admissions counselors? (Do they even remember college?!) Well, we are too. That’s why we love talking to current students—dancing in colleges across the country—about what their life is really like.
Here, Amara Warrington, a senior dance major at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, tells Dance Spirit why she chose her college and what she experienced when she got there:
“Most liberal arts colleges have dance programs that focus on ballet or modern. But jazz is my favorite style, so I chose to go to a conservatory. At University of the Arts, I have the opportunity to declare a concentration in jazz dance performance. The concentration requires that I take tap, and I also get to take electives in hip hop and partnering.
“Even though dance is such a competitive field, I’ve met so many dancers at UArts (from so many different places!) who are extremely supportive of one another. One of the best aspects of UArts is that we’re all passionate about the same thing, and that helps us build a great community.
“After graduation, I’d like to move out to California because I’m interested in doing commercial work. Auditioning for a cruise line would be a great experience because it would require a different kind of performance than I’m used to. I’d love that challenge, and it would help me be a more versatile dancer."
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.