It is absolutely possible! However, it does take a little research to find the right program for you.
There are many options you can look into depending on what you would like to do for college. If you are looking to attend a college in a more "traditional way", full time, class throughout the day, and potentially living in the dorms, there are tons of great dance programs, even focusing intently in ballet that could be a great option for you. University of Southern California recently started their world renowned program bringing in lots of great teachers and masters in dance. For a great program that combines ballet with college in the Bay Area, there is the Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program with Dominican University of California. If you are looking to join the company right away there are always options to take online classes while you are focused full time on the company.
A little background about me, I attended Chapman University for a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. At Chapman University, I was a double major, so I also received a degree in Strategic in Corporate Communication. I grew up training fully in ballet, and attended summer intensives every year. In high school I chose to join my high school dance team because I wanted to be more involved at my high school. Through this experience, I looked at colleges that had a great balance of dance and social involvement which led me to Chapman. I knew I wanted to have a dance program where I could take classes in many styles, and have year round performances with world renowned choreographers. I also still attended other classes for general education and of course my Communication degree. Everyday I would take ballet, modern and jazz classes, around 4 hours a day, and then head to other classes and rehearsals for shows later in the evening. Although I did not choose to join a dance company following graduation, many of my friends and fellow graduates did choose to audition and join companies after.
It is always possible and I am excited for you to find the right balance for you!
Loren recommends the following next steps:
- Research dance programs at colleges - Here is a good start, but there are so many more! https://www.onstageblog.com/onstage-blog-news/2018/8/21/the-top-25-college-dance-programs-for-2018-19
- Decide what dedication level to dance you would like to commit in college. Do you want to have the "college life" or receive an education while being fully invested in your company?