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Dance Magazine featured Performing Arts Annelise Ritacca in "How to Feel Confident When Committing to a College Dance Program"

03/30/2020

Dance Magazine featured Performing Arts Annelise Ritacca in "How to Feel Confident When Committing to a College Dance Program"

Name: Annelise Ritacca

School: Pace University

Major: BFA in commercial dance

The turning point: As a senior in high school, Ritacca says her college decision became clear the moment she stepped onto Pace University's campus. New York City captivated her, the faculty excited her and she felt an immediate sense of belonging.

Her advice: Trust your gut. "You'll know where you fit in," Ritacca says. "Once you find the place, there will be something that clicks in your head, maybe even in your heart."

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"Dance Magazine" covered "What It Takes to Make It As a Commercial Dancer" featuring Pace University Students

03/05/2018

"Dance Magazine" covered "What It Takes to Make It As a Commercial Dancer" featuring Pace University Students

The commercial dance world is full of exciting opportunities for dancers: music videos, Broadway shows, international concert tours. But how do dancers develop the skill set needed to survive in such a fast-paced industry? College is one option, and a few programs focus specifically on commercial dance. Here's how Studio School, Los Angeles and Pace University prepare students for a demanding career:

1. Versatility

Commercial dancers need to be prepared to tackle a wide variety of gigs, so students take classes like tap, circus arts, hip hop, ballroom, aerial work, improvisation and more.

2. Entrepreneurial skills

Image and online presence are key to landing jobs in the commercial world. Students learn about branding, marketing and social media as part of their curriculums.

3. Networking

Pace students can travel to Los Angeles and meet with agents, who regularly attend showcases and performances. Talent agency McDonald/Selznick Associates helped shape Studio School's curriculum, so students are learning skills that agents wish their clients knew.

4. Acting chops

Studio School students take 26 credits of on-camera acting technique, and Pace students study acting and singing.

As dancers, we all hop on "the track." We attend class every day at 10 am, we go to summer intensives every year, we regularly show up at audition after audition. It's what we think we need to do to achieve our dreams. 

But other things come up—maybe we change or what we want out of life evolves. It is up to us to listen, to see if we can let our plan shift and to be brave enough to veer off track. Otherwise, we may not discover what makes us truly unique.

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