College Dance & Career Prep
Virtual Workshops & Consultations

Don’t Leave Your Future to Chance

Start early. Demystify the process. Set yourself up for success.

Getting into your dream school and finding the dream job of your future can feel overwhelming. We are ready to help by breaking down the process into easy-to-understand, manageable steps. Get guidance and support from experts to help you kill that college or summer intensive audition, or prepare a stellar portfolio for your application. Our workshops will help you be properly prepared by demystifying a process that can be daunting. 

 

*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 6th to 12th grade, and their parents, are encouraged to enroll.

An Overview of the Topics Covered During Our Workshops and College and Career Prep Consultations

Everything students and parents need in order to properly prepare for college, and better understand their options. We offer workshops throughout the year and provide guidance to parents and students during our programs like the Preprofessional Dancer Institute, as well as  through our college and career prep individual consultations. While this is not a complete list, our college and career prep subject matter encompasses the following:

Making Good Choices for Your Training

Parents & Students

How to ensure you are making the right choices in the many years leading up to applying for college.

Cultivating
References

Students

It's important to have advocates for you throughout your dance career. We'll show you how to cultivate mentors that will also become exceptional references.

What to Expect
at Auditions

Students

Key things to consider in terms of what schools are looking for when reviewing candidates who audition.

How to Find Music for the Solo Piece

Parents & Students

Have you ever watched "American Idol?" As Simon used to say, song selection is everything.

Photo and Video Requirements

Parents & Students

Instagram photos won't cut it. You'll need a carefully curated portfolio of photos and videos if you want to make a good impression.

Prepare for
Pre-screening

Parents & Students

Being well prepared can make all the difference, and the folks making the final decisions will take notice, too. Understand the process and win!

How to Prepare a Strong Resume

Parents & Students

Stand out above the other applicants by putting together a stellar resume. Start building your resume now.

Decisions: Making the Best Choice

Parents & Students

When you have options, making a decision can be difficult. We'll provide some perspective on what to consider when making you final decision on your college dance program.

Scholarships

Parents & Students

If you can't afford the school of your dreams, apply anyway. There are all sorts of grants, scholarships and loans out there. We'll provide some insights on where to find them.

Understanding the Application Process

Parents & Students

Don't let your nerves get the best of you. We'll give you some insight on the application process so that you know what to expect, and how to prepare for the best outcomes.

Campus
Visits

Parents & Students

How to make the most of campus visits: what to look for, who to speak to when looking at different dance programs and their offerings.

Application
Submission

Parents & Students

When it comes time to submit your application materials, there are some things that you will want to consider that will make all the difference.

Financial
Aid

Parents

There are many options in terms of financing college. There are some options you may not be aware of, so your student can apply for the school based on their goals and not finances alone.

Leadership

Julie Rose Friedrich (she/her)

Associate Director for College and Career Programs 

Francisco Gella Dance Works

Ballet, Composition

Julie Rose Friedrich (she/her)

Associate Director for College and Career Programs 

Francisco Gella Dance Works


Ballet, Composition

Julie Friedrich’s created and led the college seminar program for over ten years at two premiere arts high schools in California; the Orange County School of the Arts, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. The overwhelming success of her efforts led Francisco Gella Dance Works to add the program to its roster of offerings in 2017. Under the mentorship and guidance of Julie, her students have gone on to study at such schools as USC Kaufman, Juilliard, Boston Conservatory, NYU Tisch, Laban School, and the University of Michigan. In 2013, President Obama and the White House named Julie one of the most influential art teachers in the country for her mentorship of young dancers and her work with numerous winners of the Young Arts Competition.

Our Students Have Gone on to Pursue Their Dreams...

…and have been accepted into educational institutions, including:

  • Juilliard
  • USC - Kaufman School
  • SUNY Purchase
  • Dominican University/LINES Ballet
  • University of Arizona
  • UCLA
  • Laban School
  • Fordham University/Ailey
  • University of Michigan
  • Marymount Manhattan
  • NYU Tisch
  • Pace University
  • Cal State Long Beach
  • Cornish College*
  • University of California-Irvine
  • Chapman University
  • Point Park University
  • Laban School
  • North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Cal Arts
  • University of Washington
  • And more...

…and others have gone on to perform and train with professional companies, including:

  • Hubbard Street Dance
  • Nederlands Dans Theatre
  • Batsheva
  • Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
  • Charlotte Ballet
  • Richmond Ballet
  • Trisha Brown Dance
  • Arts Umbrella
  • American Dance Festival
  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • Springboard
  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Royal Ballet School
  • Alvin Ailey
  • Ballet Hispanico

*Numerous winners of the Young Arts Award

Joan Myers Brown Equity Dance Scholarship Fund

A limited amount of scholarships are available for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships will be allocated according to the combined consideration of both merit and financial need. Decisions on scholarships will be made a few weeks after each deadline. Since a  limited amount of scholarship awards will be offered, it is better to apply by the early deadline. Please click below to learn more about this opportunity and to apply.

2/1

Early Deadline for Summer Programs

1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships

5/1

Late Deadline for Summer Programs

2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds

9/15

Early Deadline for Fall Programs

1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships

11/1

Late Deadline for Fall Programs

2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds

Please note that this scholarship opportunity is only eligible for the workshops themselves and not the individual consultations.

Upcoming College and Career Prep Workshops

The Fall 2022: College Planning and Prep Workshops

Weekend 1: Saturday October 15th to October 16th 2022

Day 1 - Dance in College and How To Afford It: What is it? What Does it Mean? Is it for Me?……and How Do I Pay for it?

10/15

Saturday: October 15th, 2022

3-4:30pm Pacific / 6-7:30pm Eastern

Julie Friedrich, Presenter and Facilitator

  • 45 minutes presentation
  • 45 minutes guided Q&A
  • Recommended for intermediate & advanced dancers from 6th to 12th grade, gap year students, and college students considering transfer.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student.
  • Video recording will be available for two weeks after end of workshop to those who registered.

During this session, we will analyze your high school experience - dancing at your home studio, attending conventions, and participating in competitions. The dance experience takes a major shift when transitioning to college so bridging the gap between high school and college dance takes planning and guidance from someone who understands the difference. We will break this down.

  • Learn why dancing in college matters and take a dive into all of your collegiate options.
  • Prepare for the mental shifts that take place when transitioning into a college environment. 
  • Learn how to keep dance in your life throughout college, even if it’s not your major.
  • Financial Assistance: Financial aid information; Scholarship opportunities; How to pay for college; and how to find a school you can afford.

Day 2 - Early Preparation: Creating Your Strategic College Plan

10/16

Sunday: October 16th, 2022

3-4:30pm Pacific / 6-7:30pm Eastern

Julie Friedrich, Presenter and Facilitator

  • 45 minutes presentation
  • 45 minutes guided Q&A
  • Recommended for intermediate & advanced dancers from 6th to 12th grade, gap year students, and college students considering transfer.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student.
  • Video recording will be available for two weeks after end of workshop to those who registered.

Many students and parents feel overwhelmed, as there are many details to consider during this daunting process. Get training experiences and be forward thinking in terms of what steps you can take now to best prepare for the collegiate and professional goals you have.



These are the factors in creating your list that we will discuss in depth:

  • Learn what is essential in a training environment.
  • Know how to cultivate references
  • Discover what intensives, workshops, and competitions will be of most benefit to your college planning.
  • Discuss what classes and techniques are crucial to setting yourself up as a young dancer.

Weekend 2: Saturday November 19th, 2022
to November 20th, 2022

Day 1 - Making the Right Choice: How to Create Your List of Schools

11/19

Saturday: November 19th, 2022
3-4:30pm Pacific / 6-7:30pm Eastern
Julie Friedrich, Presenter and Facilitator

  • 45 minutes presentation
  • 45 minutes guided Q&A
  • Recommended for intermediate & advanced dancers from 6th to 12th grade, gap year students, and college students considering transfer.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student.
  • Video recording will be available for two weeks after end of workshop to those who registered.

There is a school out there for you. It might not be a school that you have on your radar at this moment and could be one you aren’t even aware exists. During this session we will explore a wide variety of college programs. We’ll even go beyond the borders of the United States by looking at the top 25 dance programs around the world.

By the end of this session, you’ll know how to create a list of schools that’s right for you. These are the factors in creating your list that we will go into in detail:

  • The match between a program and your ultimate goal
  • Looking at the course offerings
  • BA vs BFA
  • Geographical location
  • Financial costs
  • Faculty
  • Repertory learned and performed

Day 2 - Creating Your Artistic Portfolio

11/20

Sunday: November 20th, 2022
3-4:30pm Pacific / 6-7:30pm Eastern
Julie Friedrich, Presenter and Facilitator

  • 45 minutes presentation
  • 45 minutes guided Q&A
  • Recommended for intermediate & advanced dancers from 6th to 12th grade, gap year students, and college students considering transfer.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student.
  • Video recording will be available for two weeks after end of workshop to those who registered.

Your dance portfolio (application in dance) is a fully representative picture of who you are as an artist and human being.

Learn how to create one of the most important elements of your dance experience to date: the artistic portfolio. Learn why it’s so critical to the rest of your dance career.



Items of focus for this session:

  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Essay
  • Pre-Screen Supplements
  • Photographs
  • Solo Piece

Thanksgiving Weekend Bonus Session -
Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Collegiate Alumni Panel: Tips from the Inside

11/17

Saturday: November 27th, 2022
3-4:30pm Pacific / 6-7:30pm Eastern
Julie Friedrich, Presenter and Facilitator

  • 90 minutes facilitated panel discussion/Q&A
  • Recommended for intermediate & advanced dancers from 6th to 12th grade, gap year students, and college students considering transfer.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student.
  • Video recording will be available for two weeks after end of workshop to those who registered.

Collegiate alumni will share their experiences, advice and insights. Our main focus during this session is how to find the right fit in a college program, and most importantly - a school that wants to invest in you as both a dancer and human.

We will also address the following factors that are vital to the search process:

  • How to find a school that appreciates what you have to offer as an artist
  • How to approach the live auditions for college and intensives
  • How to properly research colleges and dance programs
  • What to look for in a campus visit
  • What to do in your preparatory process 
  • How to use your dance skills when applying for schools as a non-dance major
  • How to access financial aid
  • How to have confidence in your final decision
  • Tips on achieving your dreams

Enroll in Fall College & Career Prep Workshops

Early bird pricing for individual workshops is available until September 30th.
We're taking 50% deposits as well, with final payment due October 10th.

All Five Fall Workshops

$550 $450

Early bird price

Three Fall Workshops

$325 $265

Early bird price

Individual Workshops

$120 $95

Early bird price

Individual Virtual Consultations

Ready to get started right away? Or unable to make it to any of our workshops? Book a phone consultation! Receive a 1-hour consulting session dedicated to just your students goals on a number of topics focused of college preparation for dancers.


Do you need more than just one-hour? You can purchase consultations in blocks.

College and Career Prep Enrollment Form