editor’s letter

Taking Ownership of Your Dance Training T

raining to become a professional dancer is an extremely difficult and committed discipline that is hard on your body and consumesmost of a

Tiffany Bailey

dancer’s time, energy and thought process- es. Adding to the difficulties of committing to this life path are the seemingly endless

options when it comes to the direction a dancer can take when aspiring to become a professional.Workshops, summer intensives, residence programs, degrees…the number of options aremind boggling.What path does a dancer take to succeed in achieving his or her artistic goals?

Traditionally, the summer issue of Dance! North Texas is dedicated to all the summer workshops and intensives taking place in the North Texas area; this year’s publica- tion is no different. Listed here, for your convenience, are all the diverse summer study options taking place in our metroplex. Dance is growing and evolving in North Texas.

Fromhip-hop to classical ballet,modern to flamenco, nothing reflects that better than the sheer amount of tal- ent and numerous study options available to our local dancers. I’mloving the rich diversity this summer’smul- titude ofworkshops and intensives offer, which are host- ed by the best dance studios and companies and taught by top-notch professionals.

In addition to this useful list of summer training options, we are also offering an insight into the training of a pro- fessional choreographer, Gregory Dolbashian, whomakes his debut in Dallas this summer, a discussion on what to expect if you’re interested in taking your education in dance to the post graduate level and how to prepare your- self for the business side of becoming a freelance dancer. It’smy hope that this issue serves as a reference that helps dancers navigate the options and opportunities availablewhile on their journeys towards becoming dance professionals.

page 4 May-July 2017


a publicationof the dance council of northtexas vol. 20 • no. 2

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