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3 Trips Dance Teachers Should Consider Taking Their Students on This Year

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Travel has become a surprisingly important element of dance education. While the majority of studios provide comprehensive training in-house, along with bringing in an impressive roster of choreographers from around the globe, the studios that visit cities with major professional opportunities give their students a valuable bump in their educations.

Travel often instills a more ferocious desire to pursue a professional career. It gives dancers an up-close-and-personal look at the jobs they can expect to audition for in their post-studio life, and it gives them another chance to make connections with working choreographers.

Here are three cities you should consider taking your studio to this year. Your students will love you for it!

Check 'em out!


1. New York City

Training Opportunities: (This is not a comprehensive list. Depending on what you're looking for, there are a range of studios you can explore.)

- Broadway Dance Center

- Steps on Broadway

- The Ailey Studios

Performances: Take your dancers to any Broadway musical, and they will get a taste of what it's like to dance on the Great White Way! Depending on the time of year, different companies will be in season. Check for tickets on the websites of the shows you'd most like to see.

2. Los Angeles

Training Opportunities: (This is not a comprehensive list. Depending on what you're looking for, there are a range of studios you can explore.)

- EDGE Performing Arts Center

- Millennium Dance Complex

- The Movement Lifestyle

Performances: Take your students to watch a live taping of "So You Think You Can Dance" or Dancing With the Stars." Depending on the time of year, various companies will be in season, along with some touring there from around the world. Check for tickets on the websites of the companies you'd most like to see.

3. London, England

Training Opportunities: (This is not a comprehensive list. Depending on what you're looking for, there are a range of studios you can explore.)

- Pineapple Dance Studios

- Base Dance Studios

- The Place

Performances: Take your dancers to watch some West End theatre (London's version of Broadway), along with some brilliant companies in the area (hello Royal Ballet!). Various companies from Europe and around the world visit London. Check the websites of your favorite groups to see if they might be performing while you're in town.

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