The Career Change Handbook for Performers

LEAP at St. Mary’s College

Leap St. Mary's Collegewww.stmarys-ca.edu/leap

What It Is
A program of Saint Mary’s College of California, LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) is a bachelor’s degree program for current and former professional dancers that concentrates coursework into one day a week so dancers and working adults can complete their degree. With programs in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas, LEAP students receive significant college credit for their performing experience as well as for prior learning experience in other subjects while pursuing new areas of interest.

Audience
Current and former professional dancers.

Why I Love It
LEAP is led by Mark Baird, whose extensive dance career prepared him to develop a program that truly understands a dancer’s needs. The program makes getting a bachelor's degree completely attainable even if you're still dancing full time!