Chanel DaSilva (left) and Nigel Campbell (right) are longtime friends and consider their peer mentoring relationship invaluable. (Lelund Durond Thompson, courtesy Campbell and DaSilva)
Nigel Campbell wants to let you in on a secret: College is finishing school. "You're meeting the people you'll know for the rest of your artistic life," explains the co-director of the Gibney Dance Company. "You never know if the person next to you at the barre will be the next director of a big company." Translation? Now's the time to build meaningful relationships with classmates. As Campbell and Chanel DaSilva—longtime friends and founders/artistic directors of MOVE(NYC)—know firsthand, the peer mentoring relationships built during your undergraduate years can make or break your postcollege dance career.
Who among us hasn't daydreamed about finishing college a semester or two ahead of the class? But as tempting as it may be to get started on your dance career ASAP, this isn't a decision to take lightly. So DS had a dance department chair and an alumna who finished ahead of schedule lay out the case for—and against—graduating early.