Pace Magazine

Teaching Dancers to Thrive

October 15, 2021
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当隆达·米勒(Rhonda Miller)达到脚步时,“有很多传统节目,供学习芭蕾舞和现代的舞者。但是,没有什么可以让学生学习我最终将其标记为商业舞蹈的学生。”现在,作为PACE BFA商业舞蹈计划的负责人,她将创建的计划描述为“教授所有风格的舞蹈,以便学生在许多不同的领域都可以雇用。我们的目标是教舞者不仅如何跳舞,还要教舞者如何实现生活和导航表演业务。”


In addition to studio courses, commercial dance majors at Pace study the business of dance. Many of them minor in arts and entertainment management, where all of their business courses are pertinent to the industry. They learn to think of themselves as professionals, how to promote themselves, and ultimately, how to get a foot in the door. “No one ever taught me any of that. I wanted this program to be different, relevant, and useful—to include practical business skills that so many dancers don’t have.”

Pace dancers also study acting and vocal work. “Not too many dance programs include those skills. But if students want to dance on Broadway, they need to know how to sing and act. That’s part of making them prepared.”

Having danced professionally in both New York and Los Angeles, Miller knows how different the two markets are. So to prepare Pace students for work on either coast, the program augments their New York experience with a semester in LA. “Students get to work with many well-known West Coast choreographers and directors and learn how to operate on camera, which is totally different from performing on a stage. They also get to know the gate-keepers and agencies that represent dancers out there.”

Miller leverages her professional network to provide students opportunities to meet with many top-level guest artists. “I have lots of contacts on Broadway and have had people like Andy Blankenbuehler, Jerry Mitchell, Josh Bergasse, and Tyler Peck of the NYC ballet visit campus and work with our students.” The program also collaborates with theater and dance companies throughout the city, and Pace students and graduates regularly land spots in Broadway productions, includingFrozen, Hamilton, Hadestown, andThe Music Man. Others have opened their own studios and are teaching. And, fun fact, ten percent of the Rockettes are Pace alumni.

The program also takes into account career longevity, which is an important consideration for dancers.

“显然,我们专注于表演,但我们还为学生提供了正确教授所有年龄段芭蕾舞和爵士乐的工具。他们学习戏剧,电视和电影的编舞。他们拥有所有这些不同的技能,他们可以在一生中分支并留在舞蹈世界中 - 这就是我们计划的美。”

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