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Articles by Lea Marshall

Expanding the Community

December 1, 2014 by

California Institute for the Arts offers the first massive online open course in dance.
The idea of online learning in dance is both laughable and profound. Laughable because, as we all know, the studio experience … Continue reading

Bridging the Gap

October 1, 2014 by

Helping students make the leap from studio to college dance
For many young dancers, leaving their home studio to enter a college dance program can come as a shock—like diving into a pool and forgetting how … Continue reading

Second Chance

February 1, 2014 by

How to help your student plan—and pick up the pieces—after a college admission rejection

It’s a high school senior’s worst nightmare. Sarah Lustbader, now a dancer with Catherine Cabeen – Hyphen and CabinFever, was rejected by … Continue reading

Help for the College-Bound

January 1, 2014 by

Let college-hosted summer intensives pave the way.
High school students looking to dance in college often can’t turn to the usual sources for savvy college admissions advice. Their guidance counselor is unlikely to have specialized exposure … Continue reading

A Collegiate Affair

August 30, 2013 by

Taking students to a college dance fair can help them make connections and decide where to apply.
The questions seem endless for dancers applying to college. On top of worries like class size, location and … Continue reading

The Audition Solo

July 1, 2013 by

What do college panels want to see?
“For Freshman/Sophomore dancers auditioning for the BFA program,” reads Florida State University’s School of Dance website, “solos should be between 1–2 minutes in length. The choreography may be their … Continue reading