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College dancers juggle demanding schedules, so it can feel like when semester breaks come along, they
need just that—a break. But there are countless opportunities for students to use their winter and spring
breaks to try something they don’t have time for during the semester, and grow as dancers and artists.
“Even though your professors are wonderful, it’s great to be around new people and gain a new perspec-
tive,” says Principia College dance minor Tessa Miller. Whether you travel near or far, learn a new technique
or use your talents to serve others, start planning now to take advantage of your time off and experience
something new. —Lauren Wingenroth
Take a (Productive) Break
Start planning now to pursue a unique dance
opportunity over your semester break.
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Contemporary Ballet–style pointe class.
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MINI STUDY ABROAD
Students often cite their study abroad experience as a turning
point. But for BFA students with strict schedules or double majors
with complicated requirements, a semester-long program sometimes just isn’t possible. Luckily, some schools offer opportunities
to take mini study-abroad trips during short breaks. University of
the Arts student Catie Leasca traveled to France and Belgium with
her class over spring break, where she took workshops with Anne
Teresa De Keersmaeker and Pina Bausch company members,
taught classes to French dance students and performed original
work at informal showings. The brief trip still provided the sense
of immersion essential to the study abroad experience. “They
gave us the space to experience what we wanted to experience,”
she says. “Even though it was a shorter trip, going abroad let me see that the world is bigger than my
school, and there is more to life than being in the studio and landing the triple pirouette.”
Sometimes the most transformative experiences simply require stepping outside your comfort zone.
Principia College dance students can attend an annual workshop held on campus over winter break, where
they’re challenged to delve into other art forms. One year, students learned repertoire from Romeo and
Juliet, and received coaching help from drama teachers. At their showing, they were required to perform
sections of the play along with their dancing. “I was way out of my element,” says Miller. “Shakespeare is
hard to understand, but when it’s broken down, it helps you know how your body should move and what
feeling should go into each scene.”
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perform in Paris.