College Bound

By Lydon, Kate | Dance Spirit, September 2008 | Go to article overview

College Bound


Lydon, Kate, Dance Spirit


When ray best friend Sonja and I were dancing at San Francisco Ballet together, we used to take advantage of our free days by going to the movies. One day when we were handing our tickets to the usher, I realized I recognized his r face. "Did you used to dance?" I asked. The man was indeed a former very well-known dancer. When I asked what he was doing working at the movie theater he said, "I never graduated from high school. Make sure you get an education." I was stunned, but this former Siegfried provided me with a much-needed wake-up call-no matter how secure I felt in my profession, I was going to need to go to college. Clean triple pirouettes wouldn't get me very far in the post-dance world.

In the "old days"-when dancers were working in vaudeville shows and Hollywood "pictures"-they weren't expected to get an education. Today's dancers know that if you are armed with a degree on top of being a great dancer, the sky's the limit. …

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