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  2. We are from the US, and my 13-year-old is interested in auditioning for White Lodge this year. (She will be 14 and in US 8th grade in the fall). We have heard that not many girls from WL get accepted into the upper school. I'd love any thoughts on whether this is true and what wisdom you'd have to offer an international student whose real desire is to eventually be in the upper school. Thanks!
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  4. Vocabulary/Terminology

    Hi. There are variations as there are different schools of ballet. They may all be 'right.'
  5. Vocabulary/Terminology

    I found there are a lot of differences between the videos on youtube. As a beginner is hard to tell whether the execution of the shown step is accurate or not.
  6. Stretching Knees

    There are no muscles in your knees, however you hamstrings, calves and quadriceps all cross over your knee joint - so tightness in any of those muscles may be felt across the knee. Your adductors and the ITB (illiotibial band) also impact the knee and its function, so beyond general stretching of all your leg muscles it would be best to have a qualified person try and identify where your problem is coming from. It is generally not a good idea to try and “stretch” your knees as such, and there are only ligaments inside your knee and they should generally not be stretched as it will make the knee unstable as a joint.
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  8. Vocabulary/Terminology

    Thank you! I will add those to my viewing list.
  9. Stretching Knees

    I hope I can express myself well - it seems whenever I extend in a developpe or a straddle, etc more than my hamstrings or my calves being tight as I would expect my knees feel a tightness. I am not as well versed in anatomy as I would like to be, so I am unsure as to whether the tightness is from a connection to the joint or possibly a misalignment or possibly something else.
  10. Dancingjet, I had no idea and I was glad that I hadn’t purchased my plane tickets (which I had planned to do later today)😳😳
  11. Ballet and Level =)

    37,M. I started modern in January 2016, and ballet in September 2016. I get two 1 hour 45 minutes Balanchine classes a week, adults, at an advanced-beginner level.
  12. julisha, did you know that was a possibility? What if someone had purchased plane tickets, etc. and then had the school cancel your audition date?
  13. Taking notes

    This won't be the last time. This happened to me a lot about a year ago.
  14. DD got an email from Point Park today indicating that since she auditioned at the DTCB conference, she did not need to attend the November campus auditions and they cancelled her reservation for November 18th. She was told that she would have results by mid-January.
  15. There is no provided housing.
  16. Concerning the housing after the SI if a dancer continues on for the school year in the conservatory, anyone have experience with this?
  17. Recent information on shorter companies?

    Thank you Momof3darlings and everyone else: This has been very helpful. DD won't audition for companies until next year as she is still a junior in high school but will audition for SI's and possibly second companies this year. I wanted to start compiling a list of possible places to check out knowing that things can change at any time and have to be constantly updated. Rather than just stick to the big SI's which she has done, I thought maybe she should also think about some that could be possibly better suited for her down the road and that may not audition in her home city. She is long and thin for her size and actually looks taller so these have all been helpful things to think about. I could be overthinking this and jumping the gun, but I know next year will be stressful. Thanks again!
  18. Recent information on shorter companies?

    This conversation is really in the eyes of the beholder (AD at a given space in time) and determined by a whole lot of external and internal things. When looking at companies and their heights, it is important to look at their corp, their soloists and then their principals. In addition, you need to look at trends in their men. As an example, in DDs company the Principal women tend to be shorter. However, the corp tends to be taller or a stairstep to taller. Another company might like all the same visual height. This can change in a heartbeat if the current hires of men are either taller or shorter, thus changing the intent of a specific audition season. Everything is about filling out a visual picture called the company and that is a never ending cycle. In terms of whittling down an expensive audition season, the best thing to do is simply exclude those you know, in fact, have a preference that is posted. Then guess on the rest. It is also important to take in consideration appearance. Not all 5'2" dancers look alike on stage even if dancing side by side. One might have longer limbs and the other a longer body. Two dancers with those differences will look completely different on stage. Same with two taller dancers. If you are currently auditioning for companies, the very best thing you can do besides see if they post or will share this information is to ask a dancer within the company. A teacher may have a contact you can use. They can tell you if the Corp and Apprentices are generally one height or a mix and they can tell you if there are shorter or taller dancers in the company in what capacity they are there. If you are a new dancer, auditioning for Corp or Apprentice and those ranks are 5'7" then this will tell you alot. It doesn't rule you out, but it does tell you the path you would need there. So in other words, if a company tends to have shorter Principal dancers, but taller corp this totally may change your audition strategy. However, if a company is not ranked then this may tell you something else.
  19. Vocabulary/Terminology

    Youtube is the best. You can look up tutorials and ask questions. I have two books, the one by Darcey Bussell and The Ballet Companion. I agree, they are good for body positions, but not as good for actual steps. Sometimes ill look up terms in youtube if I don't fully understand the moves. After someone looks up a few ballet terms, more and more vids will be suggested by Youtube. A few Youtube channels I like Mydancetv Claudia Dean Coaching Salty Sugar Plum Holistic Ballet Royal Opera House, as mentioned before me Align Ballet Ballerinas by Night
  20. Meeting the cliché by breaking another

    I'll add my welcome to that of GTLS Designs. Glad you found us! And there's a very friendly & helpful Adult Students section of Ballet Talk for Dancers, where you can share the journey.
  21. Recent information on shorter companies?

    Thank you to everyone for your comments. Pennsylvania Ballet and Atlanta Ballet have confirmed no height requirements or preferences. Sounds like DD could use 1 more inch! LOL. I will post any more information learned.
  22. Spousal approval or dissapproval.

    Edited- so sorry- I just realized I am not allowed to post here. But I wanted to share my support for all you wonderful men!
  23. Recent information on shorter companies?

    5.375 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/body-measurements.htm
  24. If auditions don't pan out

    IU and Butler have had acceptances after denials also. In those cases, the dancer received additional training and then reauditioned. The ones I personally know of that additional training came via Traineeships, Apprenticeships, etc and then a return audition. dancingjet--you are most very welcome!
  25. Music copyright

    Thank-you. That helps.
  26. Spousal approval or dissapproval.

    My wife was dragged to both ballet performances and class by her mom, that's why she doesn't like it. That is also the reason why I was really really nervous to tell her that I wanted to take ballet classes. It turned out very well. She was laughing at first but immediately she told me if that's what I want I just should do it. Now she's telling me that she really loves to see how I am enjoying to do it. She is also clear the she will never come and watch a performance however. I am also not sure if performing is something I want to pursue. The kids were another thing. They were laughing and making funny remarks all the time about tutus etc. But this wore off after a week or two. Now it's already normal that daddy is going to ballet 2 nights per week. So in the end I am a lucky guy and I only regret that I didn't do it earlier.
  27. Music copyright

    For classical variations the accepted ones are all listed on the YAGP website. The music for all of them is in the public domain. For contemporary, it would be up to the choreographer to know if the music is available in the public domain.
  28. Taking notes

    It's amazing: yesterday after I read the first few comments I sat down and just wrote down everything I remembered from last weeks class. Strange enough it was more that I could put together directly after class. Today in class I noticed that it was much easier to do the exercises even though I did miss quite a few bits and pieces when I wrote it down. I even managed to get the closing from the side of the working leg in front or back in the right order - something that I absolutely couldn't get my head around earlier! And I could focus on the technique which actually earned me a few positive comments from my teacher. I think all of your comments have contributed to this. Thanks a lot for listening and your advice! I am feeling awsome, and now I'll be going to bed with a big grin on my face!
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