The Ailey School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and is
authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
Students from The Ailey School’s Professional Division. Photo by Kyle Froman.
GET A STEP AHEAD
Your career as a versatile dancer begins at The Ailey School’s Professional Division.
Receive first-class training in a variety of full-time programs that provide a strong
foundation for success.
Curriculum includes ballet, Horton, Graham-based modern, jazz, and more.
Q: Will I have to learn another
language to attend school abroad?
A: Some dance programs in Europe are taught
in English. Either way, students should make an
attempt to learn the language of the country where
they’ll be moving.
Q: Do I need to visit the school before
making a decision?
A: Just like in the American college admissions
process, it’s highly recommended that you visit. If
a trip overseas isn’t possible, research the teachers
thoroughly, suggests Trinity Laban lecturer Naomi
Lefebvre Sell. You can also try going on a virtual
tour of the campus or chatting with someone from
the school on the phone.
GET FRIENDLY WITH THE FLOOR
“There is a lot of rolling on the floor,” says Trinity
Laban student Sarah Ann Taylor. If you’re planning
on attending school in Europe, you may need to
conquer any floorwork fears. Artesis Plantijn Ho-geschool Antwerpen teacher Matteo Moles adds
that in Belgium, floorwork is an essential part of
training, especially a technique called “flying low.”
If you’re intimidated, take a break-dancing class
or find a “flying low” teacher in the U.S. to help
you get comfortable with the floor, suggests Erica
COLLEGE ON THE CHEAP
In most European countries, college is significantly
cheaper than in the U.S. German public universities
are free—even for foreigners. Students usually just
pay for transportation and “school maintenance”
fees totaling around $350 per semester. And in the
UK, most programs only last three years. n
If you already see Europe as your career destination, attending college there can give you a
valuable head start. After you graduate, “you’ll
have people to support
you while you’re getting your work visa,”
says recent Salzburg
of Dance graduate Erica
Badgeley. “I can go to
almost any country and
have a place to stay.”
Even if you come back
to the U.S. after school,
you’ll have a unique
background that could
make you desirable on
the audition circuit.