Meet The Winner of Our $25K College Scholarship

Throughout her years growing up at New York City Dance Alliance, Jacalyn Tatro has dominated the podium: In 2011, she was National Mini Outstanding Dancer, in 2014 she won National Teen Outstanding Dancer and in 2016 National Senior Outstanding Dancer. It’s easy to see why: Tatro dances with a maturity beyond her years—her performance quality […]

What Directors Really Think of Ballet Dancers Going To College

In the ballet world, the phrase “going to college” is sometimes regarded as the musings of a dancer who’s not really serious about their craft. Although schools like Juilliard and Bennington College have made degrees acceptable for modern dancers for decades, the competitive ballet world (which often follows a philosophy of “the younger the better”) […]

Damian Woetzel Named Juilliard's New President

A dancer is taking over Juilliard: Damian Woetzel will be the school’s next president, starting in July 2018. It’s just the latest feat for the former New York City Ballet star who’s racked up an impressive list of accomplishments since retiring from the stage in 2008. After earning a master’s degree in public administration from […]

Got Stage Fright? There's an Online Juilliard Course for That

Your pulse is racing. Your mouth feels dry. You can’t stop sweating even though you feel cold. But what’s most worrying is that you can’t stop your hands and knees from trembling, even though you’re only moments away from stepping on stage. Performance anxiety can sabotage even the most talented dancers. Studies suggest that at […]

Juilliard Meets Westboro Baptist Church with "Amazing Grace"

Musicians at this morning’s protest. Via playbill.com. One of the most valuable skills a performing artist learns is poise. The ability to handle themselves gracefully and confidently in difficult situations. That’s just how some students from The Juilliard School reacted earlier today when protestors from the hateful Westboro Baptist Church visited their campus. The students and their supporters were […]

The 100 Best Performing Arts Programs: Who Made the Cut?

When I was in high school, I visited the college counselor’s office with other students to talk about what we wanted to major in. One by one, she asked us about our plans. “Teaching? Great, here’s a list of top programs nearby.” “Engineering? Fantastic, check out these resources.” “Dance?” Cue, the chirping crickets. (Thankfully, my […]