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  2. Members, please remember that it is BT4D policy NOT to ask other members for identifying information on the open Board. Many people would like to retain as much anonymity as possible so that, if needed or wanted, they can ask sometimes difficult questions. http://dancers.invisionzone.com/topic/33432-posting-expectations-important-social-netiquette-for-bt4d/
  3. Great summary kiwiwdancer! My daughter chose UofA for many of the same reasons. The primary reason being because she wanted a program that was equally strong in ballet, jazz and modern. She is a very well rounded dancer and last year was fortunate enough to be cast in a ballet, modern, tap and jazz piece. Although I wouldn't call her a ballerina, she still chooses to have ballet 5x a week with the Ballet 300/400 levels. She has grown tremendously in technique during the last 12 months and continues to do so. Autumn and Liz are fabulous ballet teachers. Kiwidancer - I believe My daughter is good friends with your daughter.........so funny as I remember how helpful you were during the audition process last year and in answering my many questions. There is nothing as valuable as getting first hand information. The program may not be a good fit for everyone but we have found it to be everything that we were looking for and more. So pleased.
  4. Split back leg turned in or out?

    Referring back to Mimi-wimi's post before the one that was hidden I will explain why I disagree with the poster. While outward rotation of the legs is not exactly a "natural" thing, it is definitely an achievable thing, in varying degrees depending on physical structure, and with correct instruction. Ballet is an art form which requires outward rotation from the hips. (Dancing on pointe is not exactly a "natural" thing either!) Splits are used to stretch in ballet. They are not about sitting flat on the floor. They are about stretching the legs for more flexibility. Doing them with rotation might mean that some people will not achieve a "perfect" split. The weight is supported on the hands, and the degree of split and rotation are controlled. "Getting a split" is really not the goal, even though most people seem to think it is. The goal is to stretch in the position that will be needed for the lines of ballet. The open hip is not lifted, it's just opened, as it is for arabesques and attitudes and grand jetés! If done correctly, supported, and controlled, and when one is fully warmed up, they are not damaging. Oversplits certainly can be dangerous, and I totally disagree with their use in classical ballet training.
  5. Split back leg turned in or out?

    Just to say, I've had to hide a post, as it contained misleading medical advice at second hand. We try to keep the information on this board of high quality and drawn from first-hand experience.
  6. Nutcracker Season 2017

    Congrats to both of your DDs, forglitter! How exciting!
  7. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    I tried everything and the blend that Lady Elle mentioned is the only one that has worked with us. I dissolve in water in a sprayer. When her actually feet became stinky (i signed of some fungus contamination), I used a different blend that has Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils directly on her feet at night for 2-3 nights and that does the trick!. Just make sure you are using high quality pure essential oils to avoid contaminants that can be absorbed by the skin. Obviously let them dry properly is important but for kids that seems to be a challenge to remember to take the shoes out of the bag to dry every night. Good luck!
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  9. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    Mom de duex - I use melaleuca, peppermint, cypress and I think lavender. I also have an oil blend that has lemon, siberian fir, citronella, lime, melaleuca and cilantro which is really nice for freshening things up! But I would always add peppermint just because its so cooling and feels great.
  10. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    Hmm dryer sheets in the pointe shoes - thinking that is something we need to try. Heck, dryer sheets in her ballet flats and character shoes too lol.
  11. DD uses Ballet 300 and Ballet 400 to get her 5x a week ballet classes. She gets the same rigor from both levels, in her opinion.
  12. cmalltheway...It is hot now , but beautiful during the winter, so beautiful there while I'm freezing in the Midwest! A dancer can build the classes and training they want at UA. DD, a senior has taken ballet 5x a week all four years, pointe work can be 4-5 days a week , too. DD loves the variety in rep they perform and the reperteurs (sp?) that come in. She's been in some very different modern pieces, some fun jazz things and a lot of ballet. In DD 3 years , UA has performed choreography by Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins, James Clouser, Melissa Lowe (from my memory there may have been more)and even the ballet focused dancers can be cast in jazz or modern pieces . I was impressed by faculty pieces as well. Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock (the Fine Arts dean) danced with NYCB, Houston, PNB, and were on faculty at Indiana U before growing UA Dance into the exceptional training ground it is. The faculty is very supportive of dancers looking to double major or add a minor degree. Autumn Eckman is a new professor this year, teaching ballet classes and DD loves her teaching method, reminds her of the Vaganova training she got at pre-pro school.DD wanted a large university experience along with a program that she could explore her love of contemporary ballet and one that provided choreographing opportunities. DD wanted the chance to explore jazz and modern to a high level, as well. This is why she is happy she chose UA dance. They also have huge support from the community.There is a board of Tucson community members that fund raise and make sure the program is supported so they can provide dancers with these opportunities to perform important repertoire in a beautiful and modern facility and provide scholarship opportunities. Board members attend performances,I've met quite a few and their enthusiasm for this program is impressive.
  13. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    After spilled spray and powder in her dance bag, younger DD sticks with dryer sheets in her shoe bag. She puts one in each pointe shoe after most classes, and it has definitely cut down on the smell.
  14. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    My DD spritzes her feet and her shoes after class. I will also say just having the bottle in her bag has helped with the overall aroma of the bag itself.
  15. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    I use the peppermint foot spray from The Body Shop. I wouldn't be caught dead without it. You can also make your own peppermint foot spray with talc, water and peppermint essential oil(I am sure you can find the "recipe" on-line).
  16. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    Do they spray their feet after class/before class or the shoes?
  17. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    We also do an essential oil/witch hazel spray. DD said it also makes her feet feel refreshed. I think it's called Freshify or something like that. (It would probably be more economical to make my own--Lady Elle, which oils do you prefer?) I also bought little cedar sachets for her shoes a while back, but she never used them.
  18. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    My dd powders her feet, often with a medicated type of powder that my husband insists she use. I''ve made up a foot spray with witch hazel, water and certain essential oils. Not sure anything can completely eliminate all stinkiness though!
  19. I'm tired of stinky feet!

    I've had it with my dd's the eye watering, gag educing stinky feet. I adore her but oh my, those feet! The older she gets, the worse they smell after class. I have been told that shoe/boot dryers will help to dry and deodorize pointe shoes, which should (hopefully) reduce the post class stench and as an added bonus, her shoes will last longer ($$$$). Does anyone have any suggestions of one that works well? Thanks in advance.
  20. sheahuang, thank you so much! We will be sure to ask when something comes up!
  21. cmallthway - Sorry I didn't see your Wed post asking for prep suggestions. Hope the audition went well. If you have any other questions I will try to help. We just went through this whole process last year.
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  23. Lady Elle- 98! Yikes- that's huge for the first audition. Yes you can have Ballet 5 days a week if you want. The Ballet 200 aka Ballet 1 (100 is for nonmajors) meets MWF and Ballet 300 aka Ballet 2 meet T and TH and 400 aka Ballet 3 meets MWF. To get ballet 5 days a week, you would take 2 different technique classes. Placement depends on Audition results and when you come for Orientation on campus, Ms Lowe will let you know what you can take. The double major issue is the main reason my son chose UA. Though just navigating those waters now and finding it challenging, it is definitely doable but you must be proactive with talking to the various advisors and staying VERY organized.
  24. Nutcracker Season 2017

    Best of luck to everyone else waiting to hear audition results!
  25. Nutcracker Season 2017

    My under 13 DD got Clara at our studio's Nutcracker! My 13+ DD got Snow for the first time, and I am so proud of both of them. It is such a relief to have casting out. After all the speculation and anxiety leading up to casting, they can now get down to the business of learning their roles.
  26. Nutcracker Season 2017

    The long wait has begun. Anyone else out there waiting for results, or already have Nut news?
  27. Great meeting LadyElle & her DD at audition! Out of 98 auditioned, only 5 were young men with various background and training. Like what Lady Elle said, my DS also walked away with more positive impression of the program. Here's what he sent to a family friend: "I think the dance program definitely has more pros than cons. They have tap, they seem to be teaching, not telling, and they have a lot of guys. The cons are that tap only happens once or twice every semester and it is hot there." LOL! DS is obviously a tapper but well trained in ballet. Overall a great experience and now we wait for the 3-6 wks while they collate all 6 faculty members' audition notes to determine the acceptance outcome.
  28. Oh, and there were 98 auditioners this weekend ! 😳
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