i dont know how to feel about this quote.
I read this on facebook and I could totally understand why it was posted. To a lot of people in the community, to make a dance team is just as big as getting into a 4 year college (UCs, Private Schools, IV Leagues, etc). People put in so much work and money into preparing for that week long event of audition workshops and audition night, that it still blows my mind.
Its crazy to see such work ethic and determination but the idea of “Collegiate Team” is to be in college and dance. I feel like that idea is gone because for a lot of dancers in the community, this is there college. They work their way into a collegiate dance team and work part time with the idea of school on the side. And if they don’t make the dance team at first, they’ve already screwed themselves by becoming a junior team studio dancer or giving their lives to highschool co-ed/all male teams instead of focusing on grades.
I remember what I heard about 2 years ago at TM Summer Intensive 6 Showcase. The host said,
"Congrats to our graduating TM Juniors. We’d like to wish them us as they either move on to Team Millennia or to a 4 year University."
Like that was their only 2 options. It kind’ve was.
I may sound like a hater, but seriously, this is all I see from the dance community. I know some amazingly talented dancers with skills in all styles that have inspired so many, but school is taboo to talk about. Some have dropped out or their grades are sinking lower and lower. But, of course, dance and work are still up there in priority.
For those who handle dance, school, work, family and friends, I give you props. I know a couple and some are doing some big things, so I’m happy to know their is an opposite to all this. But they shouldn’t be the minority.