Dancers: If you are graduation high school soon and you are wondering what to do next, I have some exciting news for you! I have recently been informed of a program called “Bridge”. It takes place in Chicago on December 27 and 28th and it is a really great opportunity for aspiring dancers who are interested in:
-competing on a UDA or NDA college dance team
- enrolling in a dance program at a major university
- dancing commercially in television or film or work as a dancer for a major recording artist
- dancing for a theme park or a cruise line
- enrolling in a scholarship program through a professional studio like Edge, Broadway Dance Center, or Steps
- dancing in a professional company
All the dancers who register for this event will take classes both days in various dance disciplines while wearing a number just like in an audition. While they’re taking these classes, there will be dance professionals representing various organizations within the dance industry and observing the classes. Some of these people/agencies/companies include:
Bloc Talent Agency
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
University of Minnesota dance team
Clear Talent Group
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
McDonald Selznick & Associates (MSA)
Edge Performing Arts Center
All these people representing these organizations are the people who decide who gets hired in the dance world. They will have iPads and on their screens are the numbers of all the dancers in the room. If a certain dancer indicated through registration that they want to dance in a professional company, then, for example, on Desmond Richardson’s iPad screen, that dancer’s number will show up highlighted, indicating to Desmond that he needs to look at and rate that dancer. On his iPad he’ll select that particular dancer and rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 within 5 to 10 different criteria, indicating how well they’d fit within the company world and even specifically with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The different sets of criteria in which he’d rate a given dancer might be “physicality” “technique” “choreography retention”, etc. So he’ll rate that dancer on all those criteria and perhaps type a personal message to that dancer. On Saturday night, all the dancers will be broken up into focus groups where they along with their parents will have an opportunity meet more intimately with the people representing the organizations and companies, will learn about their organizations, and will be able to ask questions.
Once the event is over the dancers go home, log back into their profile and they’ll have the ratings and feedback from all the people who rated them. This is a very exciting opportunity for all dancers and it is different from a typical convention in many ways! Each dancer will have a chance to get personal feedback about where they may stand in the dance world. The whole goal of Bridge is to make sure every dancer in the world who wants to dance after they graduate high school will have an opportunity to be seen by and connected with the right people so they know all of the options available to them. Many dancers struggle to figure out what direction they should take after high school and Bridge can help tremendously.
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