Jump to content
Ballet Talk for Dancers

All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Today
  2. Finally introducing myself!

    Welcome to Ballet Talk, balanchine_ballerina!
  3. School of Alberta Ballet

    This makes sense... I imagine it is really tough to be accepted at the grade 12 level so that's a huge accomplishment in and of itself for your daughter! My daughter is going in to grade 9 for the next school year. What does your daughter hope to do after graduation? I'm also sorry to hear about the situation with the faves and the ones who are "roasted". However, it has been our experience that this happens no matter where you dance, unfortunately. In our studio now, my daughter is also "roasted" to a certain degree and it gets TOUGH for her. But, I am choosing to believe that the teacher is being so nit-picky with her because she knows that she wants to make dance her career and attend a professional program and is trying to get her ready artistically and also emotionally. This is a whole other topic that I could write pages on! Thank you for answering my question! it is a tough decision for sure. What makes it easier is that she will not have to board, as she can live with my parents in Calgary. AND also knowing that the program we have in our hometown (small town, not a lot of options academically or dance-wise) is no longer an ideal fit, we welcome the change. So with all of her hopes on getting accepted, its hard to live in limbo until the end of July!
  4. Yesterday
  5. Young dancer who sometimes wants to quit

    Oh gosh, I so hate this topic!!! My DS has loved dancing since he started at age 3 because he said, "now I am 3 and it is my turn to dance" (DD is two years older). From minute one in class the boy was hooked and loved the class. The problem was when he left the class and -I swear it happened as early as kindergarten - boys just would not leave him alone about it. "You are a girl" "dancing is for girls" etc., so he would constantly say he didn't want to go to class loudly and strongly. However, no matter how much he protested, once he set foot in the studio he just loved it. He has a lot of natural talent, he has amazing feet and turn out and he is (turns out) tall and slender with very long legs. We just kept pushing him in the door and once in, he was happy. Now at age 14 he is just beginning to accept that this is part of who he is. The other issue with ballet is that boys don't get to the "tricks" as quickly as girls - once they get there - the double tours and the a la seconde turns, it is game changing for them (not to mention being surrounded by adoring girls -who are so annoying at age 7/8, are actually pretty great by age 14)! I say as long as the child is happy in studio, ignore all the social pressure and push him past it.
  6. Do your DSs have time for sports?

    DS was torn for years between baseball and ballet/dance. All through elementary school and middle school he did both. Last summer (between 7/8 grade) he kept insisting that baseball was more important to him and he "liked" doing it more. However, we pointed out to him he was only really able to play spring/summer/fall and even then only a few times a week vs. dance which he did every day (he is at a school for arts and his art is dance) and in ballet can be a real grind day to day. This year his ballet teacher asked him to step up his game and do privates so that he could compete in YAGP and some local ballet competitions. DS initially didn't want to, but slowly came around to please teacher. DS did really well in both. He was awarded several scholarships at top notch programs for summer although he is choosing to stay home this summer and do summer at his home studio. He has slowly stopped being as interested in baseball. Now all the players on his team who were serious have moved into playing club. He isn't really interested in playing with the less focused baseball kids so he leans more and more toward dance. I anticipate that without any parent interference he will make the decision to just focus on dance. As they grow, they have to eventually make choices, we just didn't try to speed up the process. It seems to have worked, this fall we will see for sure.
  7. Not sure. You could give them a call. I would guess that a letter would've gone out saying the applicant had been waitlisted if that was the case.
  8. Building Stamina for Challenging Performance

    My teacher says that we should always run our variations full out twice, back to back. Even if you can’t do it twice all the way through at first, she says you’ll eventually get there and then you’ll have enough stamina to do it once during a performance.
  9. Footed unitards

    you might try this company. https://tanz-ballett.fibrotex.eu
  10. Feeling heartbroken for dd

    cupcake3 - I'm so sorry to hear all of this .... injuries can be daunting but it sounds like you guys are doing the right things. Your dd is young so keep that attitude of taking it really slow so that she can heal ... I know it can feel like "she's losing time" or "everyone else is continuing to improve" etc but trust those of us that have been in this for a long time, take the proper time to heal and she will be just fine at that age - let her know there have been many, many instances of injuries keeping girls out for awhile but with the right pt and taking it slow, she will be back in it stronger than she was and even more aware of her body ...
  11. I'm looking at doing a semester off-campus (I'm a student at Hope College) and was wondering if anyone had insight about the New York Arts Program? It seems decent for writing/visual art but as usual, there is less than an ideal amount of information/attention on dance. What kind of dance internships have been done? Are there any that were affiliated with NYAP? Any chance of free classes in exchange for interning? Was the program beneficial as a dancer? Any suggestions for further research/how I should go about it? Many thanks!
  12. Last week
  13. I'm looking at doing a semester (or two) off-campus (I'm a student at Hope College) and was looking for any insight into classes offered at York St. John University. Any broad insights? Additionally, what kinds of technique classes are offered/are there levels? Does the program prepare its dancers for life after college? And what other classes outside of technique are offered, and what are they like? My thanks!
  14. Feeling heartbroken for dd

    Thx Phx115 - This is actually my first time checking this board in a few weeks. An awful lot has happened since this initial post, and things have definitely taken a bad turn for dd. She was out of dance for 10 days back in the winter with the flu and missed her performance and auditions, and then she went back to dance for about 2 weeks and discovered she has a stress fracture in her foot (sesamoid bone). She has been in a walking boot for several weeks now, and will probably be in the boot for about 4 more weeks. Then she will VERY gradually begin putting pressure on the foot again, working her way up to releve and jumping. Honestly, we are just holding out hope that she is back up and running for summer intensives. DD also has mild scoliosis - and this boot has also created imbalances in her hips. She is working so, so hard doing what she can to stay as strong, balanced, and flexible as possible while not being able to be on her foot. This means that we are constantly running around to physio appointments, scoliosis therapy appointments, sports med dr. appointments, private pilates lessons, and it certainly takes a toll on our whole family. DD has had a really great attitude and is very forward focused... in that she knows HAS to take it slow so that the foot can heal properly and not set her back further. She has been faithfully doing all her physio exercises and going to all her ballet classes. During class, she does floor barre on her back and then sits on a bouncy ball and does arms when the class is doing centre work. She is doing all she can, and I am supporting her the best I can.... but it sure has been a rough go the past couple of months. I really hope that she can come back from this as she wants to continue high level ballet training so very badly. Right now, our focus is obviously on healing and maintaining strength and alignment, so I'm trying not to look too far ahead and imagine what will or won't happen and just stay positive and try not to be discouraged. DD has amazed me with her resilience at the young age of 12. Sorry for the long post..... it's been a long time coming:(
  15. Ballet Schools in Arizona - Phoenix area

    I've been searching the forum for information on Ballet Arizona's training school -- specifically the year round pre-professional study. Most of what I can find is only related to the SI, or very outdated. So far I've auditioned for SBAZ, applied for the academic program (Arizona School for the Arts) and I receive the results on March 29th. Moving from the east coast just try to get into this school has been nerve-wracking! I've visited the school several times to take class within the last few months and I'm in love! The facility is beautiful with seven studios and the teacher I've had for the drop-in classes is amazing. While I know the basics about the program (levels, classes taken, etc.) There are some little things I wish I knew; like what's the uniform? how does the whole light rail system work? How long are the days at the school? If I'm accepted I will find all of this out in April/May, but I just can't stop thinking about it Does anyone have any random details about the school?
  16. Building Stamina for Challenging Performance

    Besides the normal cross training, the best way to build stamina for a performance is full runs of the variations, etc. This means full runs where you are not holding back to save up for next time. This is in addition to runs where you may be being coached or corrected.
  17. This April I will be performing the lead role in Sleeping Beauty, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for building stamina before the show? I know it's not a good idea for dancers to run, but are there any other ways I could improve my endurance before the performance? Thanks!
  18. Finally introducing myself!

    Hello Ballet Talk! I've been lurking on this forum for the longest time and am now properly using my account *laughs* I'm a 15 year old aspiring ballerina who moved all the way from quaint New England to Phoenix AZ to pursue pre-professional training!
  19. sun king dance 2018

    I'd absolutely love to go - it's just SO expensive if you are coming from the other side of the pond!
  20. Stretching?

    You'll need to head back to your PT to ask. This sounds more like a medical professional needs to weigh in on exactly how you should warm up.
  21. Male Late Starter Going Professional?

    More training. 2 years is not enough, unfortunately, to be at a competitive level, so you will need to find the best possible training as nearby as you can, and maybe think about starting some of your college courses online, maybe through a local community college that can feed into a larger university later. That way, you could at least get the beginner college courses out of the way in case you want to pursue a full degree later. You might need to pay for some of your training, unless you can find a school nearby where a teacher takes an interest in helping you, and helps you to find scholarship opportunities. And then, you'll probably need a job. Start by checking with temp agencies near you to see if they have contracts with local caterers. Many of theses temp shifts can be accomplished outside of your dance hours. Good luck!
  22. Alvin Ailey SI

    DT6103- Try heading to the main page and typing in Alvin Ailey
  23. Parents of Boys reviews

    Have you checked the SAB threads and archived threads?
  24. Choosing the right ballet school?

    Try not to take this too personally, Parents. To clarify, as a teacher, we are dealing with such great responsibility to you and to your children, in an age of "instant gratification" where full sentences have been replaced by individual letters, and phone-screen relationships have nearly replaced human ones. We do live in a different world now, especially in the US, and it has its challenges. I am responding to a society who doesn't recognize the lack of self-discipline and how the general "psyche" is one of giving in to one's immediate "wants" rather than "needs". One parent saying "Have fun!" to 1 child is not what I am implying is bad on an individual level; rather what becomes problematic is when it is a collective attitude, which impedes progress for elite arts, or towards any serious endeavor. I was hoping to have a broader discussion happen, piqued by my post- not meant to indict individuals. There are many, many threads about what parents ought to be looking for in choosing a Classical Ballet school, and there is a vast difference between recreational schools, and vocational academies. One of those differences is that the primary focus of vocational schools is on ballet- not on "tricks", which fall into the "instant-gratification" list. There isn't anything wrong per se, with schools or students who wish to be "recreational", so long as it's understood that is their choice. Too often, if the research/time isn't put into making a choice, the dancer is the one shortchanged. So please bear in mind that the American definition of "Fun" isn't one that actually applies to the serious study of anything. The rewards of seriously studying a passion are not felt instantly, but can result in high self-esteem for the student, as they begin to see the results of their efforts. It is a change that happens inside their own brains as they begin to see improvements in their work, and it cannot come from outside. Hopefully, you can all find schools in your area where your children can accomplish whatever their goals are. I just want for each child to discover their own gifts, and for each child to develop their own sense-of-self. That comes from hard work, serious study, and support from all involved. Maybe we ought to be checking with each school about their philosophy and how they plan to develop children within the Classical Ballet Vocabulary, rather than finding schools that parse or boil down ballet. Imagine if your child wanted to become a doctor- their choice was between a school that had excellent staff, a clear direction from the Dean, a comprehensive curriculum, and high standards and expectations, vs. a school where "fun" was the #1 priority??? We wouldn't even be having this discussion......
  25. piqué turns

    The Cecchetti syllabus still officially has toe in front of the knee in Canada (I cannot speak to elsewhere). However, many Cecchetti teachers I have worked with believe that we have moved on from this, and tell their students to take the toe to the back of the knee.
  26. My DD was waitlisted at Fordham/Ailey. I’m not sure what that means! She’s strong academically but she’s more classical ballet than modern, so maybe that’s the problem. I need to see the email so we can understand the next steps. Anyone else?
  27. School of Alberta Ballet

    Hi HollyK, As we head into her final months the one thing I know for sure is at the end of the day it's a business and they need dancers to attend both the SI and year round to be able to keep running the business. I know of students who they have let go as they didn't progress and I know of students who they promote as other students scratch their head in wonder. She was only 1 of 2 that were accepted in grade 12 after the SI. There are fave's and there are the students who are "roasted" as dd puts it regularly (dd is in the later). I also know that we never paid the $1000.00 deposit prior to her acceptance, when she went in grade 12 we rolled that deposit into her monthly fees. The next few months will be emotional for her as she moves on, she has made life long friendships, has had amazing life experiences and does not regret leaving home to follow her passion. When she has completed the program I will do a thorough review. Feel free to ask anything you want to know it is a huge decision to send your child to ballerina boarding school.
  1. Load more activity