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  2. thank you, dancemaven! Still new at this message board. thank you for your help!
  3. What a great and important question! Mine is 17 now. He has been a tapper for 10 yrs and trained in ballet for the past 5. While in his YAGP training, he developed knee issues. That brought us to cross train through GYROTONIC/Pilates. It has been an amazing addition to his training. We would highly recommend it if you can find trainers who are/were dancers.
  4. Cmalltheway, we do encourage our members to share their audition experiences and impressions of the programs they visit on the dedicated college/university threads. That makes it much easier for folks to research the various programs they are interested in. We also have a "signing" thread for college decisions. We do not encourage a posting of lists of a number of various college acceptances----just the ultimate decision. We do have discussions regarding how many colleges folks actually apply and research. It can vary depending on each individual's schedule, what each dancer is looking for in a college, and other elements that go into their personal decisions. Those discussions are always varied and interesting.
  5. congrats to all and to sheahuang! I'm also a mom of a male dancer and about to embark on this application journey!
  6. Thank you for all the parents who commented on this thread. We have a high school senior who has been trained in competitive tap (10 yrs) and classical ballet (5 yrs, incl SIs & YAGP) who wants to become an architect. After our initial college visits, he decided to major in dance and minor in architecture/design with the hope of receiving scholarships to pay for undergraduate and develop a design portfolio for grad school. I'd love to know how many & which colleges did your dancers apply and how many/which auditions they attended. Of course your impression of the various programs and range/kind of packages that were offered by schools would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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  8. We visited USC Dance program in April. Love the new building with all gorgeous studios. When we met with the advisor, she informed us they just approved a "design your own" concentration for dance. That really appealed to our son. We find it interesting that they listed each class of students, pictures and bio. Can't wait to see the new list for Class of 2021! Anyone have update on audition experience and acceptance rates?
  9. Hmmmm Not sure where you are. Honestly if it's a well-known SI I am having a hard time imagining a teacher "Yelling in her face." That's just not good for a school's PR and most of the well-known schools I know don't do that. That said, it's likely a bit of a mix of things . Your child's sensitivity, the teachers' irritation, being away from home. Maybe try to get the facts. Then you can make a decision. And it might be that there is a different style of interacting with students or there is actually yelling going on.
  10. Hello, My DD has just turned 13. Our family is in a state of transition. Moving to a big city next week. DD is already there participating in a well known SI. She had trained at a small studio up until this point. She is feeling a little discouraged. I know she tends to be the type that is sensitive and we have a lot going on. She feels that the teachers there do not like her. She reports, one of her regular teachers for a particular type of class is always frustrated with the class and gets angry. She got upset with DD because she had 2 different spots in 2 casts of the same variation. She was placed by them that way but they were mad that she didin't say anything. She was used to filling in spots in casts at her old school. This morning she said a different teacher that had been ok up until now, yelled in her face. As a mother this is hard, because much of our move was because of the opportunity of training here. We plan to have her audition for fall but she's worried about having negative teachers. I hope that this is just an down day or two, but it certainly discouraging. Only 2 weeks in on a 6 week SI.
  11. Hi, Noodles! I just updated my previous post before seeing yours! We just got the acceptance to Byham House today for DD. We have until Friday to turn the forms and deposit.
  12. I am wondering if anyone can update this page with some current residential program. I know many were offered year round training based on SI auditions but I would love to know how many were able to get into Byham house and when did you find out about your acceptance to the housing?
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  14. Welcome, CasiraghiStyle. I'm sure you will find many kindred souls in the Adult Ballet Forums here. Please do take some time to nose around the site to see what all we offer and to read our Rules and Policies. We look forward to your participation in our community!
  15. Hello! I have danced (mainly ballet but also modern etc) for 20+ years both as a student and a professional. I sustained injuries, burned out and left ballet to develop some other interests including fashion and writing. After 3 years without even so much stepping in a dance studio I woke up one morning a decided to come back. I don't think I will be doing 31 fouette's center stage anytime soon, but I am excited to see how far I can re-develope my abilities. Durning the day I work for a nationally distributed magazine based in LA and blog about style and my dance diary. I am excited to connect with a community that can answer a lot of questions I may have forgotten since being out of the game for a few years. Thanks!
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  17. That sounds very good. My daughter is in NYC now - started today. I don't arrive there myself until July 20th. In the end we focussed on core and a few wall squats for quad strength. I noticed she had another jump in height since March ( she looks like a giant compared to the other 12, 13s in her group! In all that we also discovered incredibly tight calves- so got into massaging, foam rolling and stretching. I think we will look for a Pilates class when she is back. I will go too!
  18. No, you're not confused and you interpretted my intention correctly! The first schedule is with the directors and teachers that she really loves and resonates with (they taught at her studio this past year... Long story, too much drama, not important). The school with the 2 hr classes daily is close, very well established, Vaganova (which she has not had). Then the other with the studio from last year with a big question mark as to who will be teaching (and quite possibly a change in this schedule as well). There is one other studio I'll be checking out. The schedule online is a bit unclear. Thanks Victoria!
  19. Hopefully the new faculty will be able to restore some of the positive spirit of this program. There was a large void left by Violette Verdy.
  20. Thank you for the link! It was interesting reading about the recent history of ballet training in the area. It looks like there are only really two good options here, the program she is at now for the summer, and America's Ballet School. While she really likes the training at the summer place, she was placed in the bottom level and won't even be able to audition for the trainee program. She really wants daily ballet classes. The other school is actually a little closer to us. I guess we will have to visit in August and see if it might work. I have been reading a lot of different threads here. Life would have been a lot easier if I'd found this site a few years ago! Thanks for sharing to all the folks who've come before and taken the time to write about it here.
  21. Okay, please clarify for me that you are looking at two new schools and the schedule at one of them is 2 hour classes, but no separate pointe/var./pas. The schedule at last years studio is somewhat better than either of the others. Am I confused?
  22. Victoria, I totally agree. If it were a closer studio, she could go to some of the classes during the day and some at night but it's just too far to go and have a 4 hour break between classes. We'll see what we can work out. Thank you!
  23. Oh - the other schedules one studio basically 2 hours Monday - Sat tech with point. i think they have pilates once or twice a week. last years studio: 1.5 tech M-Sat with additional; Monday - 1 hr tap & 1 hr modern Tuesday - 1 hr variations Wednesday - 30 minute pointe Thursday - 1 hr pointe/variation Friday - 30 min pointe Saturday - 30 minute pointe, 1 hr jazz and a lot of rehearsal which dd won't be doing as much as the company fees are too much for us as we will need to travel for college auditions and have my older dd's wedding. Oh, and I know tap is uneccessary for ballet, but my dd is quite a tapper and well, the Rockettes for a season is on her bucket list!
  24. The only problem I see is not enough pointe. Six days of tech is good, modern, jazz and conditioning fine, but 2.5 total hours on pointe is not really enough.
  25. Okay, Monday - Saturday 1.5 hour tech in addition to that: Wed, 30 monute conditioning before tech, 30 minute variation after tech Thursday 1 hour modern before tech Friday 1 hr point after tech Sat - 1 hr jazz & 1 hr pas after tech The owners/directors/teachers are renting space within another studio so their evening time is limited. They also have a prepro rday program that is 4 hours a day which would be wonderful but doesn't work with my dd's school schedule. We will revisit home schooling but it's her senior year and I think that would really make her sad. The director called write after I posted yesterday (hi, if you're on here!) and we're meeting up for coffee to discuss the possibilities.
  26. According to their Facebook page today, their three graduates this year are all heading to regional companies in some capacity.
  27. Gracegirlz - Both my DS and DD have trained at Madison Ballet and a new ballet school called Central Midwest Ballet in Middleton. Both are ballet schools - not competition schools. Madison Ballet has a school (School of Madison Ballet) and a professional company. They are well established and have had several dancers go on to professional careers and the well-known college programs discussed on BT4D. Central Midwest Ballet was started by someone who used to dance professionally with Madison Ballet. It is a smaller studio, and still growing. But, the teachers are fantastic teachers and class sizes are small. This is where my DD is training now. I would check out both of them. And happy to answer questions.
  28. Thank you, this is really helpful! I will try!
  29. Thank you 😊
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