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Business Proposal:

Alternate Program for Injured Dancers at Columbia

College Chicago

Caroline Larson

Business Writing Fall 2018

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
a. Statement of Problem
b. Objective
c. Sources
d. Details of Problem
e. Needs
f. Scope of Proposal
2. 2. Proposed Plan
a. General Overview of Proposed Plan
b. Phases of Plans
c. Costs and Materials
d. Facilities
e. Personnel
f. Feasibility
g. Benefits
3. 3. Conclusion
a. Summary of Key Points
b. Call to Action
4. Visuals
5. Works Cited

A. Statement of Problem
Dancers at Columbia College Chicago are graduating late due to injuries where they are
unable to dance, therefore, lowering their grades or forced to drop the class because they
cannot perform.
B. Objective
This proposal outlines an alternate program to be offered for dancers who have injuries.
Dancers are required to take dance technique classes to graduate, and sometimes injuries
occur, making the dancer unable to dance. This program will give injured students an
alternative assignment to compensate for their technique classes.
C. Sources
All credible sources can be found on Page 7 of this proposal.
D. Details of the Problem
Dancers at Columbia College Chicago are taking technique classes daily and rehearsing
in pieces, adding up to about 4-8 hours of dancing a day. With so much physicality in
their major, injuries are inevitable in and out of the dance studio. However, when a
dancer gets injured and unable to dance they are forced to drop the class because they
cannot perform, therefore, losing their credit and holding them back from graduating.
E. Needs
Dancers of Columbia need this alternate program because dancers put a lot on their
bodies, and when they experience an injury their whole career can take a step back. Their
body is their instrument and it is important to take care of it. However, it is imminent that
people get injuries. Having this alternate program will keep dancers learning and staying
in the field while recovering. This program can save students thousands of dollars so they
do not have to repeat a course and lose credit.
F. Scope of Proposal
This proposal will provide a solution to the problem I have addressed with specific details
outlined about the alternate program that can be offered. The proposal will also include
sources directing the injuries dancers face and how this program will be beneficial.
Proposed Plan
A. General Overview of the Problem
Dancer experience numerous injuries throughout their career. It is inevitable and very
unfortunate for dancers to put their bodies through vigorous hours of work. This alternate
program for injured dancers will include weekly papers that connects with the technique
being studied. Writing prompts will be created for each technique style ahead of time for
teachers to give to their injured students at the beginning of each week.

B. Phases of Plan
a. Phase One - Creating Writing Prompts
The department will create writing prompts that will include history about the
technique and having students read books or watch specific videos about the style.
For example, in a Ballet class a prompt could include “write a two page essay
about Misty Copeland’s life and her awards as a ballerina.”
b. Phase Two - Presenting Prompts for Program
Present examples of prompts to the Head of the Dance Department, Peter
Carpenter. Communicate to Peter Carpenter the free program and statistics of
injuries dancers face.
c. Phase Three - Promotion of Alternate Program to Injured Dancers
The department will have a folder of prompts or activities in each technique class
in case one of their students gets injured. The student will continue to stay in class
completing the weekly writing prompts provided by the teacher.
C. Costs and Materials
This program will be absolutely free. The task of creating ten prompts per technique will
take no more than one hour of time, which can be done by an associate professor such as
Paige Cunningham, Darrell Jones, or Lisa Gonzales.
D. Facilities
The facilities involved will be the Dance Centers head of the department and the
associate professors. The program will take place in the Dancer Center and will not need
any outside facilities or resources.
E. Personnel
a. Peter Carpenter, the head of the dance department will need to approve of the
alternate program and oversee that the department are enforcing the program.
b. Teachers will need to monitor injured students and give them work to do while
recovering in their injury.
c. Associate professors will need to create the writing prompts for each technique
and keep them on file for any injured student.
F. Feasibility
This plan is practical and reasonable because it is a free program. No extra cost is needed
to run this program and it is helps students graduate, save money, and still learn while
recovering from an injury. It would also strengthen Columbia’s reputation as an innovate
art school, and not limiting their dance students to just physical technique learning, but
writing and learning about dance culture as well.
G. Benefits
The benefits that come with this program is helping Columbia dancers continue learning
and finishing their degree when an unplanned injury occurs. This program will save
students thousands of dollars because they will not have to drop technique classes or add
more semesters onto their college years. This program also benefits the teacher to push
their students to learn more about the dance world and history. The program will also
give Columbia’s dance department a good reputation of helping and pushing their dance
students in a different way that most schools wouldn't think to do.

A. Summary of Key Points
Dancers at Columbia College Chicago are dancing a plethora of hours during the week.
Some dancers experience injuries that halut their dancing career. Due to these injuries
they are not able to perform in their technique classes, forcing them to drop the class or
accept a failing grade. In order to save students the stress of retaking a class or having to
spend money to drop the class, I am proposing an alternate program for injured dancers.
This program will consists of weekly prompts given to the student by the teacher and
department. The writing prompts will relate to the style of the technique class. The
prompts range from research on the style, reviewing videos, or doing essays over
B. Call For Action on the Part of the Reader
We need to stick up for college dancers. When dancers get injuries it feels like their
world is ending. Again, dancers bodies are their instruments, and when they do not work
they are out of work. This alternate program will keep dancers learning and on track to
graduate. No one wants to spend their whole life in college. Help our students graduate!

Works Cited

Howse, J. Dance Technique and Injury Prevention. 3rd ed. London: A & C Black, 2000.

Homans, Jennifer. Apollo's Angels: a History of Ballet. Granta, 2011.

Kinetz, Erika. “Practice, Practice, Practice. Go to College? Maybe.” The New York

Times, The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2005

“Pediatric Dance Injuries: A Cross-Sectional Epidemiological Study.” Egyptian Journal of

Medical Human Genetics, Elsevier, 28 Aug. 2015,

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