Ballroom Dancing on the college scene-
With the college cheating scandal in athletic performance, as well as academics, recently hitting the news, it draws attention to the grueling process of “getting in”. Why not encourage ballroom dancing in your local middle schools and high schools? The application process challenges are so much to consider on the academic portion, personal profile, athletics and extracurricular activities, maybe we can advance the wonderful world of ballroom dancing.
Academic highlights begin early in life, answering questions like- “Which courses have you enjoyed most? Why? What books have you read on your own in the past year?
What has been the most “thought-provoking” or “stimulating” idea that you have contemplated lately?”
Personal Characteristics can be enhanced through ballroom dancing. “What five adjectives best describe you? What qualities do you admire the most in other people? What are your proudest personal accomplishments? If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?” Ballroom dancing changes your perception on how you view the world and how we interact with each other. It gives you a chance to show your internal strength, gain confidence and learn how to apply techniques using your physical body and mental acuity.
Special Interests are needed on your college application- “What is some of your most meaningful experiences? Have traveled and experienced another culture? How has it influenced you?” Listing your hobbies, skills, or talents that you plan on pursing in the future can be difficult if you are not sure what you see yourself doing in the future. Ballroom dancing is for all ages and occasions.
Athletics is where a high level competitor can use their ballroom dancing experience- “What have been some of your distinguished athletic accomplishments? Have you been selected for All County? All League? Team Captain? Special Event or Person? What event in your life has had a significant impact on you? Who are your heroes? Extenuating Circumstances? Are there any situations that may have affected your educational performance?” If you are one of the lucky competitors that get to travel for your competitions, you can stand out from the crowd using your ballroom dance accomplishments.
Major Study and career selection is of course your most important decision but you can have an exciting hobby lasting you a lifetime. Colleges that have ballroom dance clubs are on the rise and include-
Boston University (Boston, MA)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
New York University (New York, NY)
Tufts University (Medford, MA)
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)