Aidan Feldman
Dance / Computer Science Engineering

While most of us have trouble combining quantitative and qualitative long enough to get through a tough word problem, Junior Aidan Feldman makes it his job. For a few hours each day (and late into the night) Aidan is a CS major in Engineering. The rest of his time is spent on the dance floor as a Dance major in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Unbelievably, he was able to spare some time to meet me for an interview.

On getting started in dance:

– “I played T-ball and football like any other kid. I didn’t really get into it until maybe junior high.”

On the Dance Dept.:

– “A lot of people come here because it’s serious, but it’s not a conservatory. You don’t have to commit your life to it. It’s a great fit for a lot of people, because you can love it without breathing and sleeping dance.”

– “Half of the faculty this year is new, which is great. We’re getting some new blood.”

On the workload:

– “The pressure isn’t too bad. It’s much less stressful than engineering. It’s not even comparable, really. It’s exhausting though, in an entirely different way.”

– “On most weekdays I’m dancing from 2:30 to 10:00 straight. I’m sure some people go from 12:00 to 10:00.”

On the dancer / engineer love:

– “Engineering appreciates dancing a lot more than dancers seem to appreciate engineering. When people in engineering find out I dance, they’re always really impressed, even if they don’t know what the words mean. Dancers are a little less accepting of engineers.”

On dance;

– “Dance is the one thing I could never give up.”

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