What Directors Really Think of Ballet Dancers Going To College

In the ballet world, the phrase "going to college" is sometimes regarded as the musings of a dancer who's not really serious about their craft.

“Dancers who have given themselves the opportunity to explore other sides of life have also given themselves the opportunity to understand that the world is bigger than the studio and stage,” says Victoria Morgan, artistic director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet. She earned both a BFA and an MFA in ballet from the University of Utah, and says she likes seeing a degree on a dancer’s resumé. “It is confidence-building to know that there are options, and that confidence shows onstage.”

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