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From ABT to Oberlin.

Thank you for the article on Oberlin College's dance program called "Pioneers in Ohio" by Stephanie Woodard (February, 1999). After retiring from a five-year career with American Ballet Theater I began searching for a school with an established contact improvisation community that simultaneously offered rigorous academic course work. After reading the article mentioned above, I visited Oberlin, liked it, applied, and happily will be graduating in December 2003 with a major in biology and a whole new perspective on dance.

Oberlin College's dance department was aptly described by your magazine. It encourages that dance be used to develop community values, physical and mental health, and as a tool for progressive social change. The dance department offers courses in modern dance, contact improvisation, West African diaspora, cross cultural dance history, improvisation, and kinesiology.

I am fortunate to have received an education at Oberlin and would like to encourage dancers retiring and planning second careers to aim high and look beyond cost when investigating colleges. In my case, attending a private school was much cheaper than attending a public institution, since I had a good financial aid package. State schools, where tuition is less, often cannot offer adequate aid to those in need.

If you are a dancer in transition, keep an open mind and investigate thoroughly the schools that interest, excite, and offer quality programs in subjects you want to study. Think idealistically, apply, then go from there.

JANE VORBURGER AMERICAN BALLET THEATER, 91-96 OBERLIN COLLEGE, 2000-2003
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Vorburger, Jane
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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