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Ask Amy: How Can I Find Out Which Companies Hire College Grads?

How can I find out which companies would be interested in hiring more mature dancers who have graduated from college, and possibly graduate school, but are still looking to pursue a professional career in ballet? —Katherine


Earning a degree before entering a company used to be widely frowned upon, for fear that dancers weren't training seriously enough or they'd be starting their careers too late. But for quite some time, more directors have been open to hiring college graduates, especially at smaller and midsized regional companies. (However, it's less common for ballet dancers to obtain a master's degree before starting their professional careers.) And many universities have tailored their degree programs so that students can gain credit for real-world experience or graduate in three years.


One of the easiest ways to see which companies are hiring college grads is to check out university alumni lists online, typically listed on dance departments' web pages. College dance programs are proud of their graduates and usually keep track of where their students have gone professionally. (Check out Pointe's 2019 Fall Issue Higher Ed Guide, which offers an extensive list of ballet programs.) I would also recommend combing through bios on company rosters to see how many of the dancers have graduated from a college dance program.

But even if a company you're interested in doesn't have a lot of graduates, don't let that deter you from auditioning—be proud of your degree! Think of your education and maturity as assets, and don't be afraid to show directors what you can bring to the table.

Have a question? Send it to Pointe editor in chief and former dancer Amy Brandt at askamy@dancemedia.com.

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi Everyone,

These are challenging times. The social distancing measures brought about by COVID-19 has likely meant that your regular ballet training has been interrupted, while your performances, competitions—even auditions—have been cancelled. You may be feeling anxious about what the future holds, not only for you but for the dance industry. And that's perfectly understandable.

As you adjust to taking virtual ballet class from your living rooms, we here at Pointe are adjusting to working remotely from our living rooms. We've had to get a little creative, especially as we put our Summer Issue together, but like you we're taking full advantage of modern technology. Sure, it's a little inconvenient sometimes, but we're finding our groove.

And we know that you will, too. We've been utterly inspired by how the dance community has rallied together, from ballet stars giving online classes to companies streaming their performances to the flood of artist resources popping up. We've loved watching you dance from your kitchens. And we want to help keep this spirit alive. That's why Pointe and all of our Dance Media sister publications are working nonstop to produce and cross-post stories to help you navigate this crisis. We're all in this together.

We also want to hear from you! Send us a message on social media, or email me directly at abrandt@dancemedia.com. Tell us how you're doing, send us your ideas and show us your dance moves. Let the collective love we share for our beloved art form spark the light at the end of the tunnel—we will come out the other side soon enough.

Best wishes,

Amy