Magazine article Dance Spirit

Being a Contender

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Being a Contender

Article excerpt

The leap a dancer makes from student to professional is a fig one. It's not just the responsibility of having a job that's a shocker - it's also the uncomfortable shift you experience men living on your own for the first time. Adjusting to this new lifestyle while working within a dance company is one thing- these organizations offer benefits like yearly contracts, daily rehearsal schedules, free technique classes and a weekly paycheck that you can then build your life around. But young hopefuls- like our cover girl Haylee Roderick - who move to L.A. or NYC right out of high school with nothing but the hope of making it as a freelancer have none of the aforementioned stability. For these dancers, self-motivation is the key io survival and the impetus for everything they do (from loads of laundry to getting to dance classes). But the payoff for this discipline is huge. Imagine, at 18, knowing that each triumph you experience is a direct result of your own effort, drive and determination. …

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