Known nationally and internationally for its Bachelor of Arts in Dance program, Dean College will now offer students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, an applied arts degree designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers or choreographers. Dean College's robust Bachelor of Arts in Dance, which enjoys the same conservatory-style rigor in its technical training in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap as the BFA degree program, primarily focuses on the business of dance, dance studies in allied fields, and dance pedagogy.
"Dean College has always maintained a strong commitment to the discipline of dance on its campus," says Marc M. Arentsen, dean of the School of Dance. "The new BFA in Dance will continue in that tradition and enable skill sets, practices and perspectives of today's professional-level dance. For students, this new degree program ultimately represents a whole lot of work," he added. "But then, Dean Bulldogs never miss a chance to dance."
In addition to the new BFA program, the College now has an exciting partnership with DanceAbroad Argentina, which blends intensive language immersion and students with a concentration in dance in the vibrant capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. This exclusive study abroad program for dancers will start in January 2019 and will continue in subsequent spring semesters. Applications for DanceAbroad Argentina will be accepted now through October 1, 2018.
Participating college dance majors from ANY college or university can earn up to fifteen college credits during this collaborative full-semester academic program. Courses of instruction include Tango technique and its history, as well as ballet, modern dance, jazz, dance composition, and Spanish language coursework at either the beginning, intermediate or advanced level."
There are many study abroad programs, but they seldom include dance," said Arentsen. "Through Dean College's partnership with DanceAbroad Argentina we can now offer our dance students and those from other institutions a study abroad opportunity that is specifically designed around dance. Studying and living in another country opens your eyes to not only the local culture, but it also makes you more aware of your own background and bias. More importantly, it helps you realize what you have in common! Dance itself is universal, but to experience it in a different context will be enormously enriching to everyone involved and will present all of us with opportunities to see each other differently."
If this news makes you want to leap with joy, visit the Dean College School of Dance webpage at www.dean.edu/dance to learn more about these exciting programs!
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Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!