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How to Ace Your College Auditions

Applying for college is an anxiety-ridden rite of passage in America. Prospective dance majors add an additional layer to a process that already breeds feelings uncertainty: auditions.

College Dance Curriculums Are Finally Catching Up to 2019

Though the first dance degree was awarded more than 85 years ago, the focus of dance programs in higher education has stayed, for the most part, pretty much the same: Western dance forms dominate curriculums across the country, with ballet and modern classes reigning particularly supreme. Over the last several years, however, some colleges have […]

Baryshnikov's Advice to Grads: Be Generous Enough to Let Yourself Fail

What does Mikhail Baryshnikov have to say to dancers starting their careers today? On Friday, he gave the keynote speech during the graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The heart of his message: Be generous. After promising not to talk politics, he said he would go “180 […]

6 Premieres and Programs on Our Editors' Must-See List This Month

A Broadway luminary and a postmodern darling bring their talents to ballet, a music video maven turns to the concert stage, and a contemporary choreographer gets soulful with Aretha Franklin. Our editors’ must-sees this May are all about the unexpected. A Late Commission Tanowitz in rehearsal at NYCB Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB NEW YORK CITY […]

Doubling Down: Two New Initiatives Feature Women in the Studio and On the Stage

While there are more women making dance than ever before, the question still swirls: Do they have the same programming and mentoring opportunities as their male counterparts? This spring, Ballet West and the University of Southern California are choosing to tackle the question head-on, with performances and residencies that focus on female dancemakers. National Choreographic […]