The COLLEGE PREP WORKSHOPs

DoN'T leave your future to chance. 


Get guidance and support from experts to help you make the right decisions in preparing for your future. The interactive workshops meant to demystify a process that can feel overwhelming. Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 7th to 12th grade, and their parents, are encouraged to enroll.


The 2019/20 College Prep Workshops will visit three cities this fall. Each city will also offer optional individual consultations to meet your student's specific plans. If you can not join us this year on the road, consider booking a phone consultation.



FINDING IT A CHALLENGE TO KNOW WHERE TO START PREPARING? Having difficulty navigating the various options for College dance programs?

WE WILL COVER THE ENTIRE RANGE OF TOPICS FROM A-Z:

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.

PREPARING AN AUDITION SOLO

STUDENTS

Your solo is a vital part of the audition process. We'll share some key things to remember as you prepare. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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.

Leadership

About Julie Friedrich 


Julie Friedrich 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 their 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 University of Michigan. In 2013, President Obama and the White House named Julie one of the most influential arts 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...


*Numerous winners of the Young Arts Award


...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

The workshop structure

We begin with a student-only, 2-hour workshop on college auditioning, which includes a 1.5 hour ballet class, followed by 45 minutes of instruction on a Modern technique or on improvisation.

The second part is a 2.5 hour presentation and discussion for students, as well as their parents. It includes everything from A-Z on preparing for a college dance program to making your final decision in the spring of your senior year.

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WHAT STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS WORKSHOP (LEARNING OUTCOMES):

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At the end of the workshop, students will be able to do the following:

  • Gain the knowledge to make educated decisions on training starting as early as 7th
    grade – from program to curriculum – that will prepare you to be competitive in college programs and your career.

  • Understand how to produce a portfolio that may include a resume, student essay & footage required for the pre-screening process, arts supplement, and video audition.
  • Know how to develop a tailored list of schools to fit the strengths and needs of each student.
  • Understand what is necessary and vital in preparing a solo piece for auditions.
  • Gain the ability to successfully apply, audition, or submit materials for future acceptance at the student's choices of a college, conservatory, or professional opportunity in dance, the related arts, and/or academic major.
  • Understand how to utilize their training and kinesthetic intelligence as a transformative agent for making positive and proactive choices for college and professional career.

Is This Course Right For You?

Who this is for

  • Students who are exploring a career in dance, but haven’t yet made the decision.
  • Parents that want guidance on how to help their students accomplish their academic and artistic goals.
  • Students and parents that want clarity on the different paths that are available after high school.
  • Teachers who want to be able to provide guidance to their students on education options to further their dance careers.
  • Parents and students who are about to enter high school and want to start preparing for college now.

Who this is not for

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    Students who are already in college.
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    Students who have already made a decision to NOT pursue a career in dance.
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    Adults looking to start a career as a dancer.
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WORKSHOP COSTS

We'll be visiting 3 cities, helping students from coast-to-coast get support with preparing for their next step in their dance career.
More cities will be announced for the spring. If you would like us to host a college prep workshop in your city, please contact 

collegeprep@franciscogelladance.com.

College Prep Workshops Enrollment

  • Miami, Florida @ Little Haiti Cultural Center on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 4PM to 9PM.
  • Los Angeles, California @ Brockus Project Studios on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 3PM to 8PM.  
  • Las Vegas, Nevada @ Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 3PM to 8PM.  

PLEASE NOTE:

  • One parent permitted to attend  with the registration of one student. 

College Prep Workshops Add-On: Individual Consultations

  • Receive onsite, in-person, one-on-one, customized support for your student (before or after the workshop).
  • You will receive an individualized, 1-hour consulting session dedicated to just your students goals.
  • Receive individualized, one-on-one support on a number of topics focused on college preparation for dancers.
  • Do you need more than just one-hour? You can purchase consultations in blocks.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • One parent permitted to attend with student.
  • In-person sessions based on time availability.
  • The dates and times will be scheduled based on your selected workshop location.
  • If none of the available dates work for you, please book any date and note that you need to reschedule. This way at least you get on our calendar!

Ongoing College Prep: 
Individual Consultations 

  • Ready to get started right away? Or unable to make it to any of our workshops? Book a phone consultation!
  • You will receive an individualized, 1-hour consulting session dedicated to just your students goals.
  • Receive individualized, one-on-one support on on a number of topics focused on college preparation for dancers.
  • Do you need more than just one-hour? You can purchase consultations in blocks.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • One parent permitted to be on phone consultation with student.
  • If none of the available dates work for you, please book any date and note that you need to reschedule. This way at least you get on our calendar!

COLLEGE PREP WORKSHOPS CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: No full refunds will be issued for registered participants. A 50% refund will be issued up forty-five days prior to the start of the program.  An exception will be made for documented medical or health reasons due to an unforeseen injury or illness. For dancers with an injury or illness, 100% of the tuition will be refunded up to thirty days prior to the start of the program. If the illness or injury reported to the program director under 30 days, a 50% refund will be issued by check no more than five business days after the completion of the program and the other 50% may be used as a credit for another program in the next twelve months that is produced and owned by Francisco Gella Dance Works. In the case of any injury or illness, a documented note or letter from a licensed physician must be submitted before a refund will be considered.


INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: No full refunds will be issued for registered participants. A 50% refund will be issued up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. However, you may use the payment made as a credit toward a rescheduled appointment if the change is made at least 15 days before the originally scheduled appointment or toward one of our College Prep Workshops. 


Feel free to email us at collegeprep@franciscogelladance.com if you have questions.

Francisco gella equity dance scholarship

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 on a rolling basis and a limited amount of scholarship awards will be offered, so it is better to apply early. Please click HERE to learn more about this opportunity and to apply.


Scholarship Application Deadlines

  • 9/1 - 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. 


FAQ

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

WHO MAY ATTEND THE College prep WORKSHOPs?

If I register for the optional one-on-one consultation, when will my appointment be?

When should we begin planning for a college dance program?

What if I can’t make the workshops and still need the assistance you are offering?

are all of the workshop locations open to me?

How did you choose the locations?

IS ENROLLMENT FOR THE COLLEGE PREP WORKSHOPS LIMITED?

What are the age requirements to participate?

Am I permitted to register for an onsite individual consultation if I am not registered for the 5-hour College Prep Workshop?

If a workshop participant also registers for an individual consultation, are parents permitted to attend?

ARE PARENTS OF STUDENT PARTICIPANTS PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP?