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  2. I went to Onstage Dancewear as a ballet tourist last year and they were great! It really felt like the only proper fitting I've ever had. I actually ended up going home with the first pair she put me in, but I tried loads, and she also recommended different toe pads. I think if they charge a fitting fee (which I vaguely recall only being applied if you didn't end up buying shoes, and was in the region of about $15) it's perfectly ok not to buy shoes if you don't find ones which suit you. I am far from being a pointe expert - having also started as an adult, but I will say this : I got my first pair fitted at Freeds in London, which I later discovered were completely wrong for my feet. My experience at Onstage was a million miles better, I felt fine as an adult, and my RPs are by far the best pair I've ever had. Now I reckon that alone is a good enough excuse to come back for another ballet holiday to NYC. My bank balance will take some more convincing..... Happy shopping!
  3. That's no question. Take ballet! I started when I was 40 years old. Now I'm 42, had my first times on stage with ballet and it's great. I wouldn't want to do anything else. And there was never the question whether I would be welcomed there or not. Everybody's there to dance. I dance. So I must be there. Even if I'm the only adult male doing ballet in my whole city. Do what you love!
  4. Hello! I'm new to this forum, though I lurk off and on to find useful info sometimes. This is my first time posting. Short intro, I am 30 years old and trained for 17 years but decided to go a different route career-wise. I now dance at home and take occasional classes for personal enjoyment. I will always love ballet! (and dance in general) Anyways: So, I have seen a couple clips, a variation and some of the pas de deaux....however, I can't seem to find somewhere that has a video (even for purchase, streaming or hard copy, would be fine) of the full Talisman ballet. I have skimmed a few pages about the ballet, and it seems to be pretty rare, but I understand there was a performance in 1997 if I'm not mistaken. Surely there has to be video of that performance floating around somewhere? Or even some small school or company whose teacher once performed it and had her dancers learn it... Basically I don't care about the quality of the video or the dancers, I just want to hear the music and see the choreography and story. Please, if anyone knows how I can watch this ballet, tell me! I'm so curious haha. Thanks in advance! --Garnby
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  6. In regards to your second question, there is a sticky post written by our awesome pointe shoe moderators/fitters on the Pointe Shoe board that will be super helpful to you! It lays out exactly what you'll experience at a fitting (I've linked it below). I also recommend you poke through that board a little bit, as there are threads about fitters in different areas (it will take a little hunting, but there are ways to sort the posts). Good luck! How New Pointe Shoe Should Feel
  7. Is anyone else having trouble getting the audition form to submit?
  8. Ballet Life goals

    Hello Elisa, and welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers. I moved your topic to the Young Dancers Forum because you are still a teen. You are training at a good Regional Ballet Company School, which is a good thing. Starting late makes everything harder and success later, but it's not impossible if you have the facility, the drive, the passion, and of course the talent. At this point in time going away to a school is probably not an option, as you have limited training. I would suggest that you continue to get as much training as you possibly can right where you are, and try to get to the point where you can join the pre-pro classes. You will need to get as many classes as you can at your level, and hope to progress to where you can join the classes at the pre-pro level. Talk to the School Director and ask for guidance in terms of what you will need to do to move into that program . Sixteen is late, but not always impossible, but you will need to get to the level which will provide daily technique classes, pointe classes, and rehearsal and performance experience. There are no laws saying one cannot do it by starting late. It will just take longer.
  9. Ballet Life goals

    I am 16 years old. I am dancing every day in the evening's at a studio in the Midwest, US. I started ballet late. My parents do not want me to train away from home at a ballet school full time and want me to graduate high school. However, I still want to do become a pro in a regional Ballet company. Any tips on how to get there? Also, any summer intensive suggestions for an beginner/intermediate student that focuses on lots on individual corrections?
  10. Amhoffman01- Have you looked at CPYB in Carlisle PA?
  11. Adult Advanced Dancer?

    Thank you so much for your kind words and motivation you made me very excited to prove to myself and everyone else that I did a tremendous progress once and I can do it again everyday I know [you are] right and since I wrote this post I felt like I was just surrounding myself with negative thoughts and I was so ashamed for not dedicating myself more and more to ballet so I started a little research to find places where I can practice whenever I have the time and I'm starting in less than 10 hrs from now! Thanks again <3
  12. HELLO!!

    Hi Victoria. Thank you so much for welcoming me. Which forum should I go to for this question: My daughter Dances is in the preprofessional program at Miami City Ballet. Last summer she attended the SAB summer intensive. We live less than a five minute drive from Miami City Ballet and have a Separate,bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom ,guest room. I am curious if anybody would be interested in some type of boarding exchange between a Miami City Ballet and SAB Dancer for summer intensives? If exchange is not an option I could also rent the room for a very reasonable fee. Thank you so much! kelly
  13. Corrections

    My DD is only 9, but based on the amount of corrections she's been getting, was concerned she was so bad she was holding up the class. I recently chatted with our AD about it who had a few ideas about why she was getting so many: DD stands right by the music -- she is literally the first person the teacher sees at the start of an exercise; she works really hard, so teachers want to help her out; and the third one -- sometimes teachers can see that she thinks she's implementing something correctly, but it's not there yet, so they give it extra attention in case this is the day it works. It's all amazing attention, but it's a process for kids to get used to the idea that it's OK to have lots to work on.
  14. Corrections

    As your DD is just starting pointe, she most probably will get many corrections. The use of pointe shoes is not inherent in our bodies and thus, there are many things the teacher is watching in terms of alignment, etc. in order to prevent injury and to promote muscle development. I would be much more worried if she was receiving no corrections. At this point, I don’t think I would consider corrections a ‘compliment’, but rather just par for the course in learning and progressing in skills. If your DD really wants to progress on pointe, then she needs no only to accept and apply the corrections, but to welcome them. The teacher will not give her more than she feels your DD can handle and process. If your daughter is feeling overwhelmed with the instructions and having difficulty understanding or applying them, then perhaps she can talk to the teacher and let her know. If your daughter feels too discouraged out the outset, perhaps she might delay going on pointe until some of her basic technique is stronger. That might result in fewer corrections at the outset.
  15. Corrections

    I know this subject has been asked and answered many times, but I can’t seem to find the appropriate place on this site to review them so I will ask again. My DD is 12 and starting Toe. She is at an extremely competitive and sometimes unforgiving studio. She has been getting many many corrections. I keep telling her its as good as a compliment ( especially when you listen and apply it) but today she felt like she was being especially called out by the teacher. I think she should be flattered that such a prestigious faculty member believes she is good enough to spend time with, but she feels like she can’t do anything right. Can anyone back me up so I can pass on the information and build her confidence Thanks! Lisa
  16. Adult Advanced Dancer?

    Carla101, congratulations on your success! And I mean that. You've done the near impossible. You started dancing as an adult and now, just 7 years later, you're a professional. Seriously, that's incredible. I don't know anyone else who's done that. The company chose you because they wanted you. Maybe you're not as good as the other women (and that's not a given), but you're good enough. And that is saying a lot. Few dancers will ever be good enough for a company. You're in the back because you don't have any professional training or the experience of the other dancers. But trust me they wouldn't have accepted you if they didn't think that, with their training and some time, you'd get even better than you are now. I also bet that you are not the only dancer there who feels like she isn't good enough, who feels like what seems so easy for others is incredible work for her. Only you can say if this is all worth it. I urge you though to see it through. Give it all you can, learn as much as you can, and enjoy the experience. It will be a lot of work but it should be rewarding, whether you're still a professional dancer in 5 years (or 1 year) or not. Congrats again!
  17. My daughter is a senior at Butler. She has participated in several modern performance pieces over her time at Butler. They are particularly part of the Mid-Winter Performances at Schrott. Check out the resume of Susan McGuire to get a feel for the caliber of training that Butler offers in this area. Another professor, Cynthia Pratt, led a multi-year project with multiple performances of RiverRun, a very contemporary piece staged outdoors for the Streamline project. There are a number of videos on Vimeo. My impression is that there are few university programs with as extensive a classical program and many that emphasize contemporary/modern. Best wishes as you support your child through these decisions!
  18. Wow- thank you so much! I really appreciate your knowledge!
  19. In my opinion-I think its ok to try on shoes and then not buy. They don't have every brand and we try on all kinds of shoes without making a purchase. I believe stores like this started to charge for fittings because people were trying on dance shoes and then ordering from discount sellers on line. Its a service that is most likely worked into the price, and therefore without the service the shoes are cheaper online. They said that the fitting fee is deducted from the price of the shoes when you purchase so if you wanted to go back with your receipt the next day (I asked this) they would deduct the fee from the price of the shoes. So I felt as long as I paid the fitting fee it was my prerogative whether to make a purchase. I did buy shoes but had I not found something I was happy with I would have paid the fee and walked away in good conscience. Good luck and have fun. They have a website. Ask a million questions while you have the fitter to answer them. Fitters are people and so diverse personalities so I can't say what they will think but it is their job to fit and advise on the fit so I say ask away. (The fitter I had was nice, I remembered she told us that she came all the way from Bridgeport CT everyday. This was about 4 years ago.)
  20. Thank you gasguzzler- I will check them out! Follow up question: how rude is it to pay a fee and then not buy the shoes? I realize the fee is for the time, but does one tip the fitter? Also- as I'm new at this and I'm sure the sensation of being on pointe will be new (to say the least), how can I best decide between all the brands? How do I know what discomfort is normal and what isn't? Or if perhaps the shoe is too narrow and it appears I'm sickling, but I'm not and then I get corrections to fix the (non-existant) sickling? Advice? Will the fitter be annoyed at an adult asking "dumb" questions? Thanks!
  21. Onstage Dancewear on 197 Madison Ave. carries several brands. If you do not purchase shoes I believe they charge a fitting fee of 15 or 20 dollars. It may be more now as it was a few years ago since I have been there.
  22. Hi! First post. I'm an adult who started dancing really late in life (been practicing for now 5 years) and I've been told by my teacher that I can try out some basic pointe work at the barre (in a special 20 min class for adult beginners) to work on beginning pointe work as well as to assist with further strengthening my ankles, metatarsals and improving my arch. I am aware of most of the ballet pointe shoe stores here (as I'm lucky I'm in NYC).; but as a beginner, I'm not sure where to get my fitting so I can try multiple brands. Any thoughts on this? I could go to Capezio, then Grishko, then GM (big maybe), then Chacott (for Freed's and try not to buy EVERYTHING in the gorgeous store), then Bloch, then Sansha etc. BUT I'd like to find a place that I can go and try on multiple brands at the same time. At $80 per fitting I'm not going to go to 6 stores. My ballet master (he) told me to just go to whichever store that I liked and get a proper fitting: his favorite are Freed, but I think that is bc he is former NYCB and they all wear Freed. He didn't necessarily recommend them to me, he didn't really have a preference as I'm an adult and he said the fit was most important. Any ideas on a boutique in NYC where I can try many brands? I don't want to limit myself to one brand because I only went to one fitting at one brand specific store. Thanks!!! ** NYC only please**
  23. I'm new here, so I hope I'm responding to this thread properly. My daughter (junior in high school) is also interested in Butler. We visited the the university in October and auditions happened to be going on while we were there, so we got to observe a little bit of the process. My daughter loves both ballet and contemporary equally. My question is similar to Julisha's; I'm wondering if there is enough contemporary performance opportunities to keep her interest. For those that have students at Butler, can you please tell me if they have contemporary/modern pieces they will perform this year? The only information I could find on the website refers to their classical productions. Thank you kindly for any information!
  24. Also, just to go back to your first post, Randy - you can't really learn ballet by yourself. You need to be taught by an expert teacher, who can see you from the outside and help you get to the right body alignment and use of the appropriate muscles. There is a lot of rubbish on YouTube, and you won't really know how to distinguish the rubbish from the OK stuff. The other thing about going to class is that you learn from being with other dancers, and learn how to move in space with other people.
  25. Adult Advanced Dancer?

    I'm not sure I got [your] point?
  26. One of my adult teachers comments on how she loves teaching the adults because we are there because we want to be as opposed to the kids who have to go because their parents paid for the class and make them go. We are there to improve and simply for the joy of dance. Having men in class brings a distinct energy to the room. My son is a ballet dancer and he would often drop in to our adult classes when he didn't have class. The energy he brings is infectious- his jumps and turns help inspire us to reach for more Go for it Randy!
  27. Adult Advanced Dancer?

    Does it have to be all or nothing?
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