Confronting the College Conundrum

It's that late-summer time of year when a lot of you, especially you high school juniors and seniors, are starting to have college-related meltdowns. Your minds are swirling with questions—important ones. What school might be the best fit for you? How should you go about narrowing down your list of colleges? Should you major in dance? Which programs will prepare you for the ballet world, or the musical theater world, or the modern world, or the commercial world?

Yes, it's stressful. But don't start hyperventilating just yet: We're here for you! First of all, in about a week, our college-themed September issue will be hitting your mailbox, and it's jam-packed with advice about the oh-so-fraught application process. But there's another resource available right now: the 2014/2015 Dance Magazine College Guide.

The DMCG, aka the College Mothership, is the educated dancer's guide to dance education. It features an easy-to-understand directory of 615 (!) dance programs, with color-coded information about the styles and degrees each one offers. It also includes financial advice and tips about merit-based scholarships; a step-by-step college prep timeline that walks you through the application process; advice from the likes of Sonya Tayeh; and so, so much more.

Where can you find this magical thing, you ask? Right here. Order your copy—and then take a few deep breaths. It's going to be OK!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

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