Momof3darlings

2016/17 College Congrats for the Ballet Trained

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It has come to my attention that I didn't post this for 2016/17. I am so sorry. It was an oversight.

The time is here! We want to celebrate, congratulate and share in the joy of our parents, dancers and even teachers who have students reaching the goals of one of the following: Ballet trained dancers attending colleges in dance related majors, Ballet trained dancers attending college in other majors but continuing to dance

The purpose of this thread is to congratulate those who have accepted and are attending either a Ballet specific college program for the fall or plan to attend college and dance on the side while majoring in another subject.

 

We ask that our College bound wait to share until they have made a FINAL decision where they are going. We do not want this thread to become a string of acceptances and scholarship information. We want to celebrate your transition into the academic world and that includes your decision on an actual offer to take. Teachers, please have permission of your parent/dancer to post.

 

In prior years, this thread has not only been used to celebrate, but also to track, confirm and debunk some of the "beliefs" out there about who and how college decisions are made. So we do ask that you share a bit about your journey without too many specifics. This helps our younger members see the wide variety of training, acceptances, etc. that come from our membership. We understand that we are but a very small segment of the ballet world here at BTFD, but over time, we've learned that we can see trends within our membership.

 

Feel free to either write the information in paragraph form or use the guideline we've developed over time.

 

So as coined by one of our members, Let the "Contractuballetions" begin:

 

(Sample form)

Gender:

Main/Most recent training: (ex. small local school, small company affiliated school, residency, etc. Do not list the program unless you want to)

Level of school completed: high school grad, partial college, college grad

Audition method: SI audition, YAGP, video, on site

School attending: major or minor

Position process/progress: graduating high school, or attending after being a Trainee or professional dancer for a time.

 

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Two graduates this year from my school

#1

Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training:
small rural ballet school with a RDA student company
Level of school completed: high school grad
Audition method: 1st audition did not get accepted into the program; asked to attend a later audition but couldn't due to company obligations; was allowed to visit campus and spend two days taking classes with dance majors and was called with acceptance to the dance dept with a partial scholarship
School attending: University of Arizona
Position process/progress: graduating high school

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Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training
: small rural ballet school with a RDA student company
Level of school completed: high school grad
Audition method: encouraged to audition after being seen at an RDA Festival in spring of junior year; visited campus twice during senior year; initial video application required to be asked to audition on site; on site audition classes included ballet, modern and hip hop, a prepared solo and an interview
School attending: Glorya Kauffman School of Dance at the University of Southern California with a full scholarship
Position process/progress: graduating high school

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Thrilled to share DD's next step!!!

Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training:
medium-sized pre-pro RDA studio
Level of school completed: high school senior/graduate
Audition method: Regional audition in our area. DD loved the audition.
School attending: University of Utah Ballet BFA
Position process/progress: graduating high school. Also received full scholarship to U of Utah Summer Program through RDA with option to earn college credit.

 

Advice: Try not to attend the last audition, especially if it isn't on campus: Despite what admissions tells you, it is in some cases a disadvantage. DD attended one late in the season (and at great expense with flights, etc.) The AD spoke maybe 3 minutes to the parents, seemed uninterested in our questions, and did not take one note during the audition of 20 dancers. It wasn't videotaped. We found out later that decisions had already been made. Also double check everything, particularly audition schedules, deadlines, etc. Reconfirm everything by calling or emailing in advance. For one audition DD was emailed the wrong start time!!! :blink: Luckily we had arrived early and she only missed part of barre.

If you aren't satisfied with your first financial aid offer, send a letter of appeal explaining your circumstances, etc. and asking for more. We received more aid by doing this.

We owe BT4D big time! We never could have navigated this process without it, and I always felt like the smartest mother in the (waiting) room! :rolleyes:

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Congratulations Pavlova and to Temps de cuisse for your two students. Please keep us informed of your journeys. We are incredibly proud and know that you are excited for what comes next.

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This is great. Just love this resource and all the first hand experience!

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Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training:
small, local studio that trains in all disciplines and a member of their competitive dance company
Level of school completed: high school senior
Audition method: attended regional auditon on campus in October and got a "maybe" acceptance letter, went back to campus and auditioned by taking a ballet,jazz and modern class with current students, received an acceptance immediately following that visit along with a dance merit scholarship
School attending: University of Arizona BFA Dance Major - plans to double major but 2nd major hasn't been chosen yet
Position process/progress: graduating from high school

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Congratulations!!!!

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Gender: Female

Main/Most recent training: Excellent medium size ballet school
Level of school completed: high school
Audition method: on campus audition with dance majors. Due to an injury, she auditioned later in the season than she would have liked, but felt more secure with more time to heal
School attending: Mercyhurst University, BFA dance major, Arts Management minor
Position process/progress: Is currently in first year, and loving it.

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Congratulations!!!!

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Congrats to all! Hopefully will be seeing others soon in a new thread!

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This is a late post, as DD is freshman this year in school.

 

Her main training was 10 years in the same small local ballet school, with 3 years of homeschooling and private lessons in addition to regular training. Her school didn't offer a true pre pro schedule but with homeschooling and taking open classes we were able to cobble together a pretty intense schedule for her. Completed high school and then left to dance as a trainee with a major west coast ballet company for two years. She was planning to go straight into a company and attend online classes with a large in state university. Auditioned for some 2nd companies and received a few offers. One of the offers required a summer intensive which she was very excited to attend.

 

DD became injured in the middle of the audition season and couldn't finish the season as a trainee. She suggested attempting to apply late to Indiana University, but it was too late to attend an audition. She applied late in February and sent a video that a friend shot of her doing a classical variation. Having read on this board how selective IU was we had little to no expectations since she couldn't audition live in Bloomington. She heard within 6 days she was accepted to University and into the ballet program the following week. She never stepped foot on campus until move in day. She also received a lovely scholarship from Jacobs School of Music.

 

DD was very lucky we know. With her injury she was unable to dance all summer and would have never been able to attend the required summer intensive that was mandatory at the ballet company that was interested in her. Who knows what would have happened to her if she had not chosen at the last minute to apply to Indiana.

 

We never saw her going the dance university route much less starting school at 20. Life is funny. She never cared for academics much when she was younger, and now tells me how much she likes it now. She found the time to pledge a sorority and is enjoying a more normal life now as the ballet program leaves your weekends open. It's much less demanding than the time as a trainee so she is becoming a more well rounded person in her new "civilian life".

 

I credit both her amazing training at home with a cherished long term teacher and the remarkable performance experience as trainee that helped her land at Indiana.

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Similar to pirouetteprincess100, a late post, but wanting to "pay it forward"-

 

Gender: female

Main/Most recent training: large ballet training program with many professional alums and several years at large east coast company-affiliated pre-professional program
Level of school completed: high school grad
Audition method: on site
School attending: Indiana University
Position process/progress: Accepted college offer after declining several trainee positions, with final decision not made until college summer deferral deadline (although acceptance could be deferred, scholarship offers differ each year so would not be able to be guaranteed). I think it is a difficult and very individual decision to attend college full-time vs.accept a trainee position, and is different for each dancer. DD had been at a program that had trainees during her pre-pro training and felt she wanted the on-campus university experience vs. taking classes part-time or on-line while training/performing. As pirouetteprincess100's DD, she is happy with her decision and enjoying her life at IU.

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Congratulations and best wishes!

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Momof3darlings- is this the thread to post for those graduating this May/June 2017 and are college bound in the fall?

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Yes, it is!  Post away sheahuang.

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