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Top Dance Schools

Dancing is an expressive art form. It utilizes your entire body in movement that expresses multi-dimensional emotion. What makes a dancer successful is not just practicing their dancing skills but they should display, confidence, passion, determination, humility, creativity, be an extrovert, have fun by displaying pleasure in their dance and be thick skinned to criticism. There are other traits and abilities such as flexibility, strength, and grace all of these needed to perform and improve our dancing skills. You can learn to perfect your dance at any one of these institutions and dance like no one is watching.

Skidmore College
www.skidmore.edu
Bio:
Skidmore offers over40 majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as in career-specific fields such as management and business, social work, education, and exercise science. Add to this the prominence of the performing and visual arts, which have long set Skidmore apart.

The dance department of Skidmore College emphasizes technical training in ballet and modern dance as well as academic inquiry.In addition to their studio and performance studies, all dance majors must successfully complete courses that complement and enhance students’ understanding of dance as a diverse and evolving art form. The program has approximately 500 students; and many of the dancers are double majors. Their program classes are divided into four categories: Technique, Workshop/Production, Western Dance Forms, and Theory. Guest artists frequent the school to offer workshops, performances, and lectures. One thing is that there is no audition requirement for the dance program.

Juilliard Dance
www.juilliard.edu/degrees-programs/dance
Bio:
When you think of New York you think of Juilliard’s New York Citybased dance program that focuses on creating contemporary dancers who are equally trained in modern dance and classical ballet. Guest choreographers and teaching artists teach in conjunction with Juilliard’s faculty.

Juilliard's Dance Division has achieved a reputation throughout the dance world for the superior quality of its education and artistic training. The department offers two levels: a four-year undergraduate program that leads to a B.F.A. with liberal arts requirements or a diploma with no liberal arts requirements. Most students in the Dance Division pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree. In addition to dance and dance-related studies, the four-year degree program includes 24 credits in the Liberal Arts department.

Every year students in the dance department participate in roughly 15 public performances. In a typical year the program accepts around 24 students. If you want to apply to Juilliard you must submit a one to two page essay on a topic provided by Juilliard. Applicants are also required to send a pre-screening video with their online application, that should include an introductory, technique, and performance section. If you are asked to come in for an interview be prepared to audition.

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
www.masongross.rutgers.edu/dance
Bio:
Mason Gross School of the Arts is a community of artists who study, teach, and create. Their mission is to nurture creative talent and to instill the insights and skills needed by future generations of arts professionals. Just 45 minutes out of New York City on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, the Mason Gross School of the Arts dance department focuses on the intersection of dance performance and creative achievement and research.

An accomplished faculty of artist-scholars works closely with students, providing mentorship and expert instruction in dance techniques, somatic studies, performance, choreography, pedagogy and theoretical studies. The proximity of the Mason Gross School to New York City offers students opportunities for master classes and workshops in world dance forms with international artists. bProspective students are required to submit their application and fee through Rutgers University along with a portfolio, audition, or interview to demonstrate their artistic talents.
 
Oberlin College & Conservatory
www.new.oberlin.edu/about/
Bio:
Oberlin is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music. They share a commitment to pushing the boundaries of our determination, intellect, and creativity. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission. The Oberlin community is known for its exemplary academic and musical pedagogy and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship.

Their program produces well-rounded dance students with a focus on four perspectives: creation and performance, critical inquiry, physical techniques, and somatic studies. When a student moves through the program, they can personalize their course of study and have the option of combining studies in theater and dance for an interdisciplinary performance major.
Dance majors are required to take classes in all four perspectives of study, as well as classes that will create a focus to their major. To get into Oberlin College & Conservatory just submit a common application, supplemental questions, and an essay specified by the school.
 
University of California, Berkeley The U.C.
www.berkeley.edu/index.html
Bio:
Berkeley program focuses on the practice and scholarship of dance. Students are asked to look at the field as a means of creative expression, a mode of critical inquiry, and a vehicle for public engagement. The program also offers major, minor, and graduate tracks. The Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical and imaginative capacities.

The dance program is divided through course work, electives, and experiences into three foci: choreography, advanced dance technique, and history and theory of dance. A dance major can only declare the major after taking and passing two prerequisite classes in modern dance and performance studies. They require the completion of an online application, which includes a personal essay with a prompt provided by the school if you are considering going here as a dance major.