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Joining a dance team is a unique way to incorporate dance into your college experience. But is it the right choice for you? It's a totally different experience from being a dance major:

Dance teams involve camera time and interviews for local news.

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Tanaquil Le Clercq in 1953. Photo Courtesy DM Archives.

In the October 1957 issue of Dance Magazine, we received the latest updates on New York City Ballet dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq's health nearly a year after her polio diagnosis. Le Clercq, who at the time was George Balanchine's wife and muse, had become immobile from the waist down and was taken to a rehabilitation center in Warm Springs, Georgia. Balanchine told us that "Tanny" was keeping her humor and grace through her suffering, adding, "People too often think only of the future, always making plans for what they'd like to do someday. How do they know what's going to be tomorrow? Why not think of the present?" Although Le Clercq never danced again, she didn't let polio shatter her passion for dance. She spent the rest of her life teaching at Dance Theatre of Harlem with the same loving light that she was adored for onstage.

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For dancers looking to continue their training in college, being on a dance team usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But it's a unique way to incorporate dance into your college life. Don't be misled by these common dance team misconceptions:

1. Dance team is the same as cheerleading.

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Photo from DM Archives, © Jack Mitchell

In the September 1982 issue of Dance Magazine, we reported on Tommy Tune's unexpected role change from dancer to director. The then 43-year-old Tune confessed his struggle to make a living as a performer after his claim-to-fame performance in Seesaw (1973), and how his shift to directing got him back on his feet. His 1982 musical Nine won five Tony Awards and was one of the hottest Broadway shows of the '80s. Though Tune admitted that he would always choose performing over directing, he added, "We should know that it's not always a straight line from here to there...it's the squiggles in life that make it interesting. Don't you think?" Tune received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2015 and is touring with Chita Rivera in Chita and Tune: Just in Time, beginning this month.

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