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  2. 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!
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  4. 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!
  5. 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:(
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
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  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. Alvin Ailey SI

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

    Have you checked the SAB threads and archived threads?
  16. 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......
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. Slow and steady wins the race?

    Great advice has already been given, but while reading your post about you daughter’s condition I felt compelled to offer my two cents... DD’s Story is similar to that of MelissaGA’s. She is one of two girls from her peer group (at that age) to have gone on to dance professionally. As a student, a lot was ‘against’ her. Late starter, lack of natural turnout, injuries, autoimmune diagnosis...DD experienced many setbacks and disappointments throughout student training years, was never the ‘chosen one’ and always behind and slightly older than others in her level. However, she had something the other girls did not. Tenacity and an extra developed willingness to learn new things, fueled by the motivation to catch up. Sounds to me like your DD is already ahead in this very undervalued attribute. When DD got bad news she would cry and fret over it. But afterwards she also sought out performances nearby (some 3 hours away, taking in as much dance as the pocket book allowed, absorbing everything she could about ballets she would see both in person and online. She devoured books, at videos, followed profiles of professional dancers (not competition kids) on social media, etc. Basically, she immersed herself in the world she aspired to be in when she was ready. The hardest part for me was letting her feel the disappointment in the moment! I commend you for asking her to stay the course. Just as you mentioned, your daughter has already been through something even more challenging. I’d venture to guess once the emotional sting of her AD’s decision wears off she’ll find a renewed sense of purpose. Its great that she has aspirations outside of dance, a very healthy thing at her age! She sounds amazing and like someone the other girls will aspire to be like in the future. They just don’t know it yet! All the best to you both. Keep us posted.
  21. Can Someone Start dancing at 16?

    Hii!! I started ballet less than a year ago at 16 as well.. Took a bit to adjust but never been happier since~ >< You can try looking up stuffs on the Internet to familiarise yourself with ballet first like how I did for years before finally starting. They helped tremendously to the point that my teacher asked if I've done ballet before! First few classes may be a mess, but it's never too late if you put your heart to it. All the best for you!!
  22. Thank you Millvillemurphs-my dd was happy to hear that.
  23. All BFA’s do their academics at Lincoln Center. I believe dancers are not permitted to take class in the Bronx, not that I think they would ever be able to fit in the commute and the class.
  24. This is the last one my daughter is waiting to hear from as well... She also applied to Columbia, but there's no audition required. It's a long shot still, because so many people apply to the university and they only take 6% of applicants!! Crazy!! She applied just wanting to be in NY and of course it's a beautiful campus, highly ranked academically, etc., but it's not a total fit dance-wise.
  25. Rejection received this evening. Luckily, we were at a different program today visiting their Honor's college program and she really liked it. I'm glad that she liked the other program before she received her rejection. Good luck to everyone!!!
  26. @donna7662 Thanks for the update. Agree that is some cut! This is the last program that my daughter is waiting to hear from. Realistically, it is such a long shot. Luckily, she knows that and has a school/program that she loves. Good luck to everyone!
  27. Wow! That’s a drastic cut. Congrats on her making it to solo. I was told we’ll hear on or near April 1st. That should be the last school we hear from. Such a stressful time for them (and us :-/)
  28. Slow and steady wins the race?

    Very difficult at pretty much any age, but it seems to sting even more at certain ages. You asked for a success story. My dd is one. She repeated a level once and at this time of year, when she was just turning 14, found out, once again, that she would not be promoted to the next level with her friends. It was disheartening. You see all these other dancers succeeding with level placements, casting, SI scholarships and your dancer is disappointed and filled with self doubt. DD loves to defy expectations and she did so here. She went away for 2 weeks before the SI at home that summer. Different teachers, different words (same corrections) and different eyes. Those different eyes seemed to see the potential that existed, or at least that was her perception. She went to her home SI with a new confidence and a new sense of "attack." At the end of that summer, she received that long awaited and clearly earned promotion. DD had had her share of bumps in the road along the way. If you told me at 14 that DD would be a professional dancer just a few years later, I would have laughed. A wise teacher told me around then not to count her out. She said something that we read here often. That those who have to work harder are often those still dancing later on. From that crowd of talented kids that DD fought tooth and nail to keep up with, she is currently the only professional ballet dancer.
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