Senior dance and art history double major Amanda Gladu dreamed of becoming a ballerina as a toddler, and after a short time studying liberal arts at UT, she realized she wasn’t in the right place.
“The first month into school, I knew that I wanted to go into art history, but it wasn’t until a few months later that I missed dancing so much that I looked into adding a second major in dance,” Amanda said.
Instantly, Amanda knew transferring to the College of Fine Arts was the best choice for her. She’s had the opportunity to work in the Dance Repertory Theatre, develop lasting relationships with her professors, and travel to Florence, Italy with the department’s Theatre in Italy study abroad program.
For the last two semesters, Amanda has been rehearsing for Catalyst with the Dance Repertory Theatre. After its debut last month, Amanda is now preparing for graduation and travel to Central and South America to continue to learn about the role art plays in the world.
“I feel like the dance world [in Latin America] is so naturally present, and the people basically seep that passion they have for their visual culture through their pores. That is the kind of society that I want to travel to and be a part of,” Amanda said.