As we’ve all heard from parents, grandparents, teachers and even coaches growing up that “school is most important; it always comes first”. Even though school comes first, dance is a VERY close second.
Being an athlete in college is very difficult (yes dancers are athletes). We practice three days a week for three and a half hours a day not including appearances, workouts, games and/or community service activities. We all are full time students (12 hours or more each semester) and we all have some sort of part-time job. With all these activities going on prioritizing will be the most important task needed to get things done daily. No the teachers will not change their exam schedule to accommodate our practice schedule. No our jobs will not ask us every week if we need certain days off for games and/or appearances. It’s all up to us!
As crazy as it sounds, dancing helps keep our grades up. Everyone on the team must maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average to participate. So in order for us to do what we love, dance, we must keep those good grades. We as a team work hard in the classroom and on the dance floor. It’s all about prioritizing, once we got that down the rest will follow!