Sophomore Dance Majors pose with modern professor, Chengxin Wei
Entering a college classroom for the first time is intimidating, especially when that classroom is a dance studio. Each freshman dancer is coming from a different background and has no idea what to expect when they walk through Putnam’s doors for the first time. But don’t fear Class of 2018, the current and former Dance Division students have shared some of their advice below.
“Always keep an open mind” – Sydney Sanders, Sophomore BFA
“College, the faculty, and other dancers can easily overwhelm you and seem intimidating. Take a breath and have no fear. This is a place for all of us to come together, do what we love and grow together. Step out of your comfort zone and have fun” – Corrine Bailey, Sophomore BFA
“Appreciate your Division of Dance family because they will make Putnam your home away from home, but also make sure you have people you can go to when you need space away from the Putnam hullaballoo. Also, in college it’s cool to get involved and be active and participate. Be the youest you” – Kelly Schlabach, Senior Dance Minor
“If a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) degree is more flexible for you and more of the direction you want to go rather than a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, there’s nothing wrong with that! There are so many opportunities in dance; Physical therapy, Yoga, Pilates, health, production, media, videography, arts administration, dance educate, etc. And most importantly, when things get stressful, remember that dance is your passion and it’s supposed to be fun!”- Jasmine Shafley, Senior BA
“Focus on yourself in class, and how you can improve your abilities. It’s not a competition in college, it’s about yourself.”- Becky Sebo, Senior BFA
“Let go and be willing to step outside your comfort zone to explore and create new things. Be willing to be there to give encouragement and support to others when they need it. There are going to be times when you need some positive vibes to keep you going. Lastly, never lose sight of the reasons you love dancing.” – Grace Nicklos, Junior BFA
“First year composition class is sometimes stressful because it might be new to you but stay positive about it and be serious because it WILL help you in the long run.” – Kristyn Lein, Sophomore BFA
“Realize that you have something to offer. Too tall? Not for someone. Too stumpy? Not for someone. Too uncoordinated? Not for someone.” – Leah Crosby, Senior BFA
“You’re you and that’s awesome. But try someone else’s awesome. Give that a go. Master someone else’s work. That’s versatility. If you never try, you’ll never know. If you never experience, you’ll never grow.” – Kaitlin Flynn, Senior BFA
“Don’t be afraid to film yourself! This will help with your Senior Seminar (BFA) class a lot!” – Alexandra Plantinga, Alumna (Class of 2014)
“No dance form/style is better than another. Dance is extraordinary because it is always changing, people are always creating, value what you create and stand behind it, take criticism…its what makes you grow, be a sponge..soak up all the knowledge you can! Work your ass off and love every minute of it because its over before you know it!” – Lauren Daidone, Alumna (Class of 2014)
As for my tip: Let your passion for dance guide you in all aspects of your life, not just in the studio. If you like another subject (say journalism for example…), see how you can bring the two together. Be creative and forge your own path!
Keep these tips in mind and we will see you in Putnam!