I have talked to many dancers about the benefits of taking a gap year.  After all the President’s daughter is doing it.  It can be really beneficial, especially if you are not sure how you want dance in your life.  It’s a great time to take an internship with a local dance company, arts center, theater, museum you name it.  Look around, learn and grow.  And parents, don’t panic….dancer’s are the ultimate over achievers.  Your dancer will not just sit home and play video games,  dancer’s will charge out into the world and make the time meaningful.

A recent article in the New York Times looked at adults who took time off after high school and how it changed their lives.  The take away?  It’s ok to take the year off if that’s the right choice for you.  Use your time wisely and you won’t regret it.