Career Advice

The Unexpected Side Effects of Losing Your Dance Gig

Getting fired isn't pretty, but it happens. And no matter the reason, there are ways to rebuild your dance career. But don't be caught off guard by these potential repercussions from losing your job:


Being the elephant in the room.

PC Erik Tomasson

You may need to show up to work for a period of time after learning that you won't be back next season. "I still had to rehearse with the same people, who had all heard what happened," says Ballet San Antonio's Kathleen Martin, who was previously let go from Ballet West. "It was difficult to be professional, but it helped motivate me to move on."

Cash-flow issues.

A Ballet West audition. PC Jim Lafferty for Pointe.

"I spent all my money to fly all over the country and audition," says Martin. "At one point I had to take a $3 Megabus and arrived just in time to walk right into the studio."

Conflicting emotions.

You may find it confusing to realize you're happy and sad at the same time. "Your frontal cortex matures to deal with ambiguity," explains Patch Schwadron, senior career counselor with Career Transition for Dancers. "You may be in pain, but you might also feel excited to have some time to go to Europe for a few weeks."

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The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:

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Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.

For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?

Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.

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