Inside Dance Spirit's September Issue

You know what I love?

Smart dancers.

Do you know how you can become a smart[er] dancer?

Go to college!

I love dancers who make the decision to continue their education after high school. I know it's not for everyone—some dancers want to get their professional careers kicked off right away, and hey, any ambition is good ambition, right?

But it's the ones who choose to pursue a bachelor's (or master's!) degree—while still dancing!—that really impress me.

Dance Spirit's September Issue! Cover photo by Erin Baiano.

And with that, I proudly present to you...Dance Spirit's September issue! It's our annual Higher Ed Issue, and you should've received it in your mailbox by now. (If not, go snag it at your local Barnes & Noble. I'll wait.)

On the cover, meet three current college students who are making the grade in NYC: Corey John Snide, Courtney Celeste Spears and Zoey Anderson. All three grew up on the competition circuit, and now they're getting a glimpse of all life has to offer in the classroom, in the dorms, on the college stage and beyond. Corey's studying at The Juilliard School (impressive, I know), Courtney's enrolled in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, and Zoey is a dance major at Marymount Manhattan College (all the way from her hometown in Utah!).

We are so proud of them and are thrilled to have their smarty-pants faces beaming on the cover. Click here to read their cover story, "University of NYC."

Also in this issue: 

  • Must-know details about six standout NYC college programs
  • "Am I Ready for College?" I don't know. But in this story, we break down five common challenges university-bound dancers face, and we'll help ease any fears you may have about heading to the dorms.
  • Emily Bernet, a sophomore at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, shares all the gritty details about her first year as a dance major at SMU. (She got bit by a poisonous spider, but don't worry about that. It's not a common college thing. Promise.)
  • Dance Spirit's annual Higher Ed Guide, with all the info you need on 145 top-notch college dance programs.

Go check it out and then let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter!

Study hard, dance hard, play hard and have the best school year ever!

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