Sara Vogl is originally from Williamston, Michigan but attended Loyola University in Chicago where she majored in finance and double minored in marketing and dance. She has been dancing for 14 years with most of her training in ballet. Once in college, Sara was exposed to hip-hop and picked up other forms of dance, like jazz and modern, along the way. Having recently graduated in May 2011, Sara continues to take dance classes for fun. She says that she loves to perform, but probably won’t step into the professional dance world unless it is on the business side of things.
As we have previously explored the experiences of those majoring in performing arts concentrations, I thought it would be different to take a look at the experience of a student that has minored in one.
What was your intention/goal for the future as a dance minor?
I actually didn’t intend on becoming a dance minor when I began my studies at Loyola. I had danced from a young age up until senior year of high school, but because I didn’t intend to make it into a career I figured I would just stop dancing after high school. After first semester of freshman year, I began to miss dancing and decided to enroll in a ballet class for fun. I enjoyed it so much that I kept enrolling in dance classes every semester, and eventually decided to become a dance minor. At the time I wasn’t really sure how dance would play into my future, but I knew that I wanted to utilize it somehow.
What types of classes were required for your dance minor?
A dance minor at Loyola consists of 18 credits—12 credits worth of studio classes and 6 credits worth of foundation courses. Studio credits include ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz classes. Foundation credits are taught in the classroom and include everything from dance history to dance physiology.
Were you involved in any activities on campus?
Yes, I was involved in a couple of dance organizations and also did some volunteer work. I was captain of a hip-hop crew, NVUS Scorch, and was also a member of The Dance Company. Both were affiliated with Loyola and student-run. I also volunteered for Loyola’s senior living center, The Clare.
Did you ever perform on campus? Off campus?
We performed both on and off campus. On campus performances included recitals, basketball and volleyball halftime performances, and numerous student organized events such as fashion shows and fundraisers. Off campus, we participated in Chicago area talent shows to gain more citywide recognition.
How often did you practice while at school?
Dance classes for my minor filled about eight hours of my week, while rehearsals ranged from 8–10 hours. When we were close to performance dates extra rehearsals were often called. However, I took more dance classes than what was required because I loved it so much. There’s definitely a minimum time commitment, but there’s no maximum. There are so many dance organizations both on campus and in the city that you can really do as much as you want.
What was your favorite part of college in general?
For me, the dance program played a large part in my amazing college experience, but it’s not necessarily for everyone. I think that’s the great part about college: you can really personalize your experience to fit who you are as an individual.
Do you have any advice for aspiring dancers?
My advice for aspiring dancers would be to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Go to auditions and master classes; take classes at various studios and explore different forms of dance. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, create your own group on campus!