Teaching Tips
Janie Carothers (center). Courtesy of Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Few life transitions are as radical as going from high school to college. For many students, it's the first time they're living on their own and navigating new-found independence, and the new environment can be incredibly daunting.

But when high school teachers make college preparation a priority, students can move on confidently. Here, three high school dance teachers at different types of schools give their best advice for helping students make a smooth college transition.

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Teaching Tips
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Though she loved choreographing, the high school student showcase wasn't quite enough for Julie Deleger, a recent graduate of The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. The answer for her was an independent-study project during her last semester there. "Choreography is so personal that sometimes you need to take more or less time with it," she says. "Doing it on my own was really helpful. I let the project guide me rather than having to adhere to a specific set of rules."

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