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General Info On Professional Dance Schools

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Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in Dance, but had to put it on hold to go to university? Many aspiring dancers forgo their dreams of professional dance because they don’t realize university and dance can go hand in hand… you just have to know where to go.

There are a handful of amazing professional contemporary dance programs across Canada that are affiliated with recognized universities and colleges. Most of these offer a three-year Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and some even have the option of a four-year Bachelor of Arts Honours in Dance. How cool is that?

When I was in school at the University of Winnipeg and the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers my days were a lot like this:

Three hours of technique class in the morning (ballet and modern).

Three to four hours of repertory in the afternoons.

Three hours of academic classes at the university… whatever electives I wanted… as long as I had a Math and Science credit.

I did this for four years and ended up with a B.A.Honours in what I loved doing best – Dance.

For me, getting a degree in such a specialized field felt good for many reasons. It gave me a tremendous sense of accomplishment and a sense of pride for my chosen art. It also gave me extra clout out there in the “non-dance world” where things like university degrees mean something.

General Info On Professional Dance Schools

It meant to me that I not only could excel at dance, but that I could also excel at serious academics.

Although it’s unfortunate, there is a stigma attached to artists and the arts as being flaky or just a hobby… but you and I know dance is much more than just a pastime. Obtaining my degree solidified my place among the academic types, if only in my own head.