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  2. Independent study is difficult, even with the most focused, determined and intelligent child. It's difficult even with a full-time caregiver around to help keep her on task and answer any questions that come up. Honestly, at 12, I wouldn't pull her out of school if the only educational alternative is independent study. I'm sorry you're facing such a tough decision, good luck!
  3. Go with the smaller studio for all of the reasons you already listed and create your own performance opportunities. If the new teacher says he will do whatever it takes to help your daughter make it, he will help you with this. Often there are open auditions for nutcrackers with traveling companies, there is always YAGP, local festivals, and studio showcases. After all, performance is part of ballet training, and if you trust this new teacher it makes sense that he will help with this aspect as well.
  4. At 12 I would not give up her schooling especially with how excited about her classes and teachers just for some extra coaching. Independent study is not easy and and I would not recommend it unless you would be available at the house with her, it would be different if she was older or if it was something she had done for years already. I know it is difficult to know what is best but I always like to remind myself that I am raising a person not just a dancer. Best of luck!!!
  5. Actually, you wrote in New Jersey! But, thats okay, I fixed it for you.
  6. I would have to agree here, I believe that quality training trumps performance opportunities in the short term. Especially when your DD has a good bit of performance experiences under her belt, which it sounds like she does. I think the important question is will she get enough hours at the new studio?
  7. Oh, I didn't know how to set my country to Malta so I had to write in U.S.
  8. Hi - that's tough... but 12 is still young so that's really good .. - is there any way the school will let her take some classes in school and some independently? From experience, home study is much harder than most people think and being on top of them constantly is part of it , motivated and smart or not, it is very difficult and my advice ( which is also the advice given to me) is to keep them in regular school for as long as possible and then transition to online or homeschooling if dancer gets to the point of really wanting to be a professional. Get all the hours you can in at the studio , and maybe coaching on a Saturday ? Hope this helps !!
  9. Kelagiorgio, as an Administrator of BTforD I am able to see your registration profile. It states that you live here in the US. That is the reason for my questions about schools and SI programs here. Please write to Contact US, which comes only to me, and give me your correct location.
  10. Can you get enough training hours at ONLY the smaller studio? In my opinion, I would take quality training any day over taking class in a studio that makes her feel negative and frustrated. Teenage years are hard enough... and for dancers, they can be especially difficult. Go for the studio where the vibe is positive and encouraging. You may find that you are not the only ones to switch.
  11. Hello, I am strongly considering attending CPYB for this upcoming year. I am older, just turned 19 and was actually offered a trainee spot at a mid-sized company (turned it down because I knew they just needed bodies and I felt I was getting inadequate training there) and then was chosen to be an alternate for a small company's 2nd company. The reason I was not a first choice for the second company, I was told, was that I have poor stamina, I'm somewhat weaker and less developed physically for my age (most people think I'm 16 instead of 19), and my jumps in particular need more technical refinement. From what I've heard and read, I feel as if CPYB would be a good fit for me since I'm very much a perfectionist when it comes to technique and am very turned out/always been told I have perfect facility. Would anyone here be able to weigh in on if this place helps one build significant physical strength? I can imagine the sheer amount of classes and rehearsals would help with stamina. I would really rather spend a year getting the most technique possible and land a good job than plateauing in a 'free corps' trainee program, but have trouble finding a paid job further down the road. Which I guess would lead to another question, how do faculty handle students auditioning for companies? I don't really plan on auditioning for any more SI's, as I have aged out of most of them anyways. Would any teachers be willing to work with me on creating an audition video? If I were to fly out of town to take a company class, would that be encouraged/ supported or would I be looked down upon?
  12. Well, not really since I live on the other side of the world and it would be difficult to get a flight to the U.S. It kind of sucks that I can't keep my passion into a career due to my body :/ I have been working on it for a while since I've been doing loads of swimming and am managing to burn fat, but I surely can't see myself being tyranny thin. ALthough, I've seen a few wider dancers like Misty Copeland so I'm honestly not so sure about what the odds are.
  13. Wow, this must be so hard! I guess my quick thoughts would be is there another place she can get quality training? If you have to stay at that studio because it is the best in your area, are the ballet classes alone at her current studio enough (now and for what they offer as the kids progress into upper levels )on track to pursue professional dancing, as per the age-appropriate training guidelines pinned at the top of the forum, or does she really need the prepro track? If they are not enough or won't be enough quality training in a couple of years, to me it seems drastic to pull her out of regular school when you will have to make a change of studios later anyway. At the young age of 12, if there is another way to get her the right training per this site, then keeping her in regular school as long as possible would seem to be the best goal, especially given that so much can happen between 12 and starting a career, and having plans B and C seem to be an often-recommended part of helping all our dancers on their journeys.
  14. Help, I am freaking out. My 12 year old DD had a pretty nice schedule arranged with the school district. 5 classes instead of 6 and no PE. The school district is now backtracking. We are in the second week of school. DD was super super super jazzed about her teachers and classes, which included some accelerated courses. The ballet school had built a coaching schedule around my DD's school schedule, in fact, everyone's. It was a lot of work. I have of course set up all of my carpools with other dance parents, and worked out our schedules too. The principal of her middle school is very sorry and sympathetic, but it looks like we are going to have to decide. I think what happened was the independent study people at the district got wind of this arrangement and made a fuss. I am not sure. So options are: Full time independent study program with the school district, which I was resisting because I am also a single, working mom and I think it's just too lonely for her, even though she is definitely smart enough to handle the work. I could work from home part of the time. OR Stay at the school full time, give up the ballet coaching, which honestly is the only way the school separates their prepro from their rec dancers. Prepro kids do coaching plus reg ballet classes. It's a terrible choice and she is torn. She is leaning full time independent. IS full time independent study really crazy for a 12 year old? Would I be a horrible mom if I let her do that??
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  16. I am sure that you will get excellent opinions from the experts on this board however as a parent (which means take my opinion for what it is worth), I cant imagine that any casting or role at your daughter's age has anywhere near the value of proper training. My now 18yo DS doesnt really even recall his performances from that age. Those performances are wonderful and exciting but are temporary pleasures/challenging experiences in my opinion. It is the hard work and the training that goes on for the rest of the year that matters. I will now wait to be corrected by those who know more.
  17. Hi 3 orincesses3frogs ! i just have a thought about the performance part - for what it's worth - i always went by the idea that yes, performance is important and if she can get some of that, that's great but more important is the correct training - I've seen parents put the decision to push for roles and stay at places where their children will get a role ahead of real , correct training - if her goal is to be a professional , training is paramount because to me , doing a role but dancing incorrectly doesn't help them ... So as long as she gets to do a little performing ,I would stick with the more personalized school. Hope this helps !
  18. My DD, 13, is a serious ballet student with aspirations of dancing professionally (don't they all!). She loves dancing, has the facility for ballet and I am told all of the time by those who watch her dance how great she is and that they can see her as a professional dancer one day. It seems we are at a tough crossroads in terms of her training, and I've been losing sleep trying to figure out what to do. She has danced at the same studio since she was 3 years old. This particular studio has been what is considered the best in town with a former principal dancer (many, many years ago) as the head of the studio and her daughter as the assistant (she danced professionally as well), but neither of them actually do much of the teaching at all. Here is our issue. The class sizes are very large (22-30 students in each class) and the individual students do not get very much attention as there are just too many of them. It is evident that there are "favorite" students by various teachers and while my daughter has been favorited by a few of them, others seem to completely ignore her. I have told her that this is common and actually sets her up for the real world as you can't always be a favorite. The class lengths are not up to the standards listed here for training guidelines. The classes at her level are generally 1 hour in length and have 45 minutes of pointe 2-3 times per week. By taking multiple class levels, she has been able to piece together a schedule that works for her. The levels are really pointless here as every student is moved up to the next level every year regardless, so I don't really even see the point of the levels to begin with. This studio has many performance opportunities including Nutcracker through a local company as well as a Spring show (this year Giselle) and then a recital in the Spring as well. Over the summer, we were made aware of another studio that has recently opened (been open for 1 year) and is run by a Joffrey trained former dancer as well. DD has attended some classes there and has really blossomed and grown in the month that she has been taking classes there. The class sizes are small (about 6 students) and they get so many more corrections and attention that she just feels so much more confident and positive when she leaves a class (whereas at the other studio she often leaves feeling negative and defeated and over the years has lost much of her confidence). This studio does not have recital or any performance opportunities at this time. Here is my issue--in my heart I feel that she is getting better training at the smaller studio as they are better able to focus on each individual dancer and correct issues right away. The teacher here has told me that he is going to do whatever he can for my daughter to make her succeed and that she has the facility for ballet, etc. but if we leave the other studio or even cut back she will effectively ruin her chances at being cast in good roles for shows. At the moment, I have her registered to attend classes at both studios this fall, but the bulk of the hours come from the larger studio. So, is the quality of the training more important or is it more important that she have those performance opportunities available to her? She feels that if she cuts back hours at the larger studio to take at the other that her casting will be negatively impacted, yet she is much happier at the smaller studio! Here is her schedule for the fall (those in italics are at the smaller studio): Monday: Ballet 1 hour, Contemp/jazz 45 min Tuesday: Tap 45 min, Ballet 1 hr plus 45 minutes of pointe, Mixed Rep 45 min (this varies weekly and includes variations, pas, etc.) Wed: Ballet 2 hrs (1.5 ballet and .5 pointe), Ballet 1 hour plus 45 min pointe Thurs: Ballet 1 hour, Pointe 1 hr, 45 min jazz Friday: Ballet 1.5 hours, Pilates 1 hr, Pas de Deux 2 hrs Saturday: Ballet 1.5 hrs, Stretch and Strengthen 1 hr, Pas de Deux 2 hrs
  19. Welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers, kelagiorgio. We do allow photos or weight to be posted on the board, so I edited your post. Your question is difficult to answer, and no one can really give a definitive answer without actually seeing you dance. I will say, though, that your height and physique will make it very difficult. The only way to know is to try, but just be aware that your chances of acceptance to a school which auditions students are not strong. Have you tried any pre-pro schools in this country, or been to any Summer Intensive programs at pre-pro schools?
  20. Ok, so I'm a 14 year old ballerina, I've been doing it since I was 2, I've been through 3 studios due to location reasons. I've got good technique and great musicality and passion according to my teachers. As well, I show great facial expressions when playing a character. The only problem is, I've got the wrong body. I'm only 5"0 and on the wider side. I've got a full B size bust (in most brands, C in a few and maybe on shark week lol) and I always feel so scared. I'm currently doing a lot of exercise to burn fat, and build muscle. I was planning to audition for a pre professional school in Europe (since I'm European) but I'm scared that I won't be able to be in due to the size of my body. I just want to ask whether I'd have a shot to get in or would I be weeded out due to my body shape?
  21. Lilac Fairy excerpts Here is an edited short film of Claire Calvert dancing Lilac Fairy for British Royal Ballet. The grand fouetté sequence is at approx. 0.40. Is this the step?
  22. Clara 76 I agree this discussion should never have occurred where any student could have overheard and to be fair I had arrived to to the studio early and was using a free floor to warm up in and no one knew I was there. I'm at a pre pro school and all major roles and corps are filled out by the students and the female adults are used to fill out the corps from time to time. Being an older male there really isn't anything available to me and I understand that, it just stung to hear it. jane s, in my mind that kind of attitude from any instructor is unacceptable and probably should have been taken to the owner or artistic director ,if there was one. Hope you found a new location that was more respectful of adults.
  23. I have been wondering this too, whether it is a grand fouetté like in some versions of the Lilac Fairy's variation?
  24. If there was no break than it is not what I have described. Could it be a grand fouette en dedans from pose to pose? What direction did the movement face in the beginning? Are you able to describe it from corner to corner saying exactly when the fouette began using terminology including epaulement? I am quite curious.
  25. Thank you for your help Ms. Redbookish and Ms. vrsfanatic. I do not think the teacher was originally from a russian style but he may have known it. I have had only one class with this teacher, we had different teachers giving the classes and none of them was a regular one of mine. Sorry, I cannot be sure. It was all linked like a renversé but en dedans. I had never seen these steps together before and given that there was no break between the turn and the fouetté, I thought it might be a new step. It seemed pretty unusual at first not to go through the 1st position before the fouetté - or even on a flat foot -, is it a usual combination in a russian style?
  26. Review of Walnut Hill Summer Youth Dance 2017 11DS with parent imput
  27. Hi everyone! Mom of a rising senior here, too. One last ACT in September. (last ACT taken morning of end of year showcase after a late night rehearsal) Just sending out request for academic references. Solo is complete and will be run and taped in early October. Photos done. Resume done. Essays not done! Was Hoping to get a few applications done, but we are leaving today for a 2 week vacation. I think her list is complete, though she is tossing around one last addition. It's a plane ride though, so not an easy add.
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