Dear Katie: Help! I Don’t Know How to Choose a Dance Studio!
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I want to change dance studios, but I'm not sure if I should look for one that has a strong pre-professional program or one that has a student company I could dance with. I know rock-solid training is important, but so is performance experience, right? Help!
There's no doubt that performance experience is wonderful. But in your case, I'd suggest choosing the strong pre-professional program. If you want to have a career, you need to focus on training first and foremost. You must build a technical foundation to support your performances.
I actually know this from personal experience. When I was younger, I had an amazing time dancing with a youth company. But I realized that I wasn't getting solid training. There weren't enough classes; often, we'd just take barre and rehearse for our next show. That's why I went to the School of American Ballet. Their intense focus on training got me to where I needed to be technically. Do the work now, and it'll pay off later!
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