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 Post subject: professional schooling at late age
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2001 8:56 am 
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hey everyone, i'm new to this board and looking for some help/advice. i'm 27 and after 3 years of dancing at disney, i am back at the teaching level. only thing is i want to further/continue my career but have not taken a class in a long time. i have been looking to continue my education but having been fighting whether or not it is worth it at this stage in the game. i am not looking for a confidence booster, i have the will and determination...i'm just looking for advice to where i should continue ....a university, studios...etc...any advice would be greatly appreciated...thanks


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 Post subject: Re: professional schooling at late age
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2001 9:25 am 
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Nice to have you on the boards!<P>Would you mind giving us a little more information regarding your past training and experience? That might help us give you our opinions Image


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2001 9:29 am 
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Hello Hiphopbabydiva - a warm welcome to you - it's a pleasure to have you join us.<P>I didn't see where you mentioned what kind of dance you are interested in....except for your screen name - LOL.<P>I can give you some perspective on ballet. I started very late - in my mid twenties and danced professionally for 30 yrs and taught for 25 yrs. So it is possible to do this. It takes a great deal of work and finding good teachers who enjoy teaching adults. <P>There are many advantages to going to college/university for a degree in dance. It does open doors - a degree will allow you to do many things. If you continue to teach - having a degree will allow you a place on the tenured faculty. I was able to teach at both performing arts high schools and a college and university setting without a degree, but only because of my experience. <P> However, without a degree I could never be on the tenured faculty. In my case it didn't matter (my husband is my financial support) - but if you wish to be able to support yourself, this is very necessary. It will also give you all of the other employee benefits. <P>But, you have to ask yourself if you still wish to perform? There is no reason why you can't. You may have to make your own opportunities, as I did, until you are well known in the community. At that point people will begin to employ you as a dancer. You obviously have performing experience.<P>And it is possible to pursue several avenues at the same time - teaching and a college degree. The college degree will probably incorporate performing opportunities. And there are other things you can do as well; write - dance critiques, essays, teach various aspects of dance; history, anatomy, physical therapy, health and injury inquiries, choreograph, kinesiology. A good college program will open all of these doors.<P>So, it depends on what turns you on.....


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2001 12:33 pm 
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In another thread HipHopBabyDiva gave more information as to her thoughts and goals.<P>I thought that I would add them here so it all can be together - hope that's ok with everyone:<P><B>HiPHopBabyDiva wrote:</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>in my first message i didn't give enough info. the first got me some GREAT responses..i hope more info grants me more...so the best way to let you know what i'm interested in is to tell you that my immediate goal is the las vegas stage. my long term is to teach at a higher level..i'm just a little confused because i know in order to get into a university i would have to audition and my technique (mainly ballet) is not up to par. so i am debating whether i should take some classes at a studio for a while to get myself back to form or just go for it...<BR>my drive and determination is there i just don't know what ave is best for me right now.<P>any advice for this confused girl? <P>thanks again<P>michelle<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2001 12:40 pm 
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<P>To be honest with you - I would discourage you from the Las Vegas stage. As I have heard it - and I could be wrong - dance is drying up there as the casinos go in more and more for family oriented entertainment. In fact as I have heard it there is only one or two stage shows that still use dancers to any great extent. But, again I could be wrong. <P>I have a very good friend in LV - who was my best student and she says that there are a couple of decent ballet studios there, however. If I were you I would do both - apply and go to class. In the college and university in which I taught here in San Diego there were no dance auditions - it was assumed that the students were beginners. <P><BR>When you find a college program that you are interested in you could apply for next fall and/or spring and in the meanwhile take classes. <P>If your motivation is there - it will happen.<P><BR>If you wish to teach at a higher level - especially in a college/university setting I heartily advise you to get a degree, otherwise you will never achieve full faculty status.<P>I wish you the best of luck , Michelle - I truly do. Are there any good college programs where you live? or do you wish to relocate? <P><BR>


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