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Graduates 2015

What are NYC Dance Seniors Thinking As They Graduate?

Last week Victoria, Shane, Terri, Krista, and Austin graduated from five different New York dance conservatories.

Graduation looms over all dance majors as a landmark of all they have accomplished and as a door to an unprescribed future. With a degree finally in hand, seniors feel the mixed emotions of completion, anticipation, trepidation and pride. Some have detailed plans of what comes next. Some see a giant blank horizon ahead. Some have work starting on Monday. Some want to savor the celebration and put off plans for later. As 5 ambitious college dancers finally cross the finish line, we bring you their inner monologues–their fears, joys and reflections. So wherever you are, whether you’re working towards college graduation or you’re many years past and reminiscing about your first few steps into “reality,” join us in celebrating them in the exact moment they stand.

MEET THE SENIORS

Listen by question

  1. Where are you moving?
  2. What were the most valuable things your taking from school?
  3. If you could go back, would you change anything?
  4. How do you feel when everyone asks “what’s next?”
  5. From your college expereince do you feel prepared to be not only a dancer but a working human?
  6. How have you changed since freshman year?
  7. Based on what you have heard, do you have expectations of the real world?
  8. Will you miss the structure?
  9. What is your ideal life or specific goals for the next few years?
  10. Was school worth it?

Listen by person

  1. Austin Goodwin | The Juilliard School
  2. Krista Morgenson | SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance
  3. Shane Larson | New York University
  4. Terri Wright | Ailey/Fordham BFA Program
  5. Victoria Lowery | Marymount Manhattan College

1. Where are you moving?

2. What were the most valuable things your taking from school?

3. If you could go back, would you change anything?

4. How do you feel when everyone asks “what’s next?”

5. From your college experience do you feel prepared to be not only a dancer but a working human?

6. How have you changed since freshman year?

7. Based on what you have heard, do you have expectations of the real world?

8. Will you miss the structure?

9. What is your ideal life or specific goals for the next few years?

10. Was school worth it?

Below are the full answers from each person.

Austin Goodwin

Krista Morgenson

Shane Larson

Terri Wright

Victoria Lowery

Post by Kenna Tuski

Kenna Tuski, a Portland Maine native, graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with honors in the spring of 2013. Kenna was given the opportunity to study abroad at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan in her Junior year at Purchase. In 2013–2014 Kenna worked with pop singer Betty Who as her personal assistant and tour manager. Kenna danced with Nimbus Dance Works and was assistant coordinator of their 2013 Nutcracker Production. She has toured nationally and internationally with Shen Wei Dance Arts and in 2014 became a performer in Punch Drunk’s Sleep No More.

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