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  3. I believe they stay put. All the JKO dancers I have known have stayed there for the summer, but these were all upper level students (level 5 on up)
  4. Does anyone know where ABT JKO suggests their dancers go for SIs for uniform training?
  5. Monet, this sounds very encouraging! Which companies, if you don't mind my asking?
  6. The programs that they recommend for summer have a compatible style with the training that they receive at SAB, and yes, they do get jobs at Boston, PNB and Miami, among many other companies.
  7. Autumrose, he was accepted early decision and will be attending this fall.
  8. I had not noticed the post about Vaganova training, but KAB has five full-time ballet teachers, all of whom have Vaganova training (and certificates), three at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg and two at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, which is a Vaganova school. KAB also has part-time teachers from Perm Ballet College, which also is a Vaganova School. KAB tap, jazz and Pilates instructors do not have Vaganova training, as far as I know.
  9. Boston Ballet School

    Noodles my DD went last year and she received 1000 scholarship/ 15-20%. She was not interested in the year round as she already attends a school. I guess I would agree with bluemountain. And well, I will offer some unsolicited advice. If you are indeed interested in year round, start a conversation with them. Only do that if your DD is going to the SI but do connect with them. Ask to speak with someone who could answer basic questions about the schedule, housing, etc. They may say no but you won't know that if you don't ask. If you can get your teacher to connect with the school to make that conversation happen even better. I just don't agree with this approach that the schools take, "Oh you are in our program, yeh for you and now you have 3 weeks to make a major decision." It's not a good way to make such a big change [in my opinion].
  10. Thanks for your question! I'm an academic teacher (Ballet History, Art History, among other things) at KAB and this is the best I can do about last year's graduates. I'm not in touch with all of them, and many get jobs during the summer after graduation, or take classes at a school associated with a company that has expresssed interest in them. Of those I know, one is a ballet major at the Universisty of Utah, one is a student at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Moscow), one is a student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and one is a student at the Joffrey Ballet School. Another was called back to audition at a company in Europe that she'd visited last year. I can give you a short list of students I've taught in the past ten years and where the are now: American Ballet Theatre Ballet Arizona Berlin Ballet Birmingham Royal Ballet Boston Ballet Dresden Ballet Dutch National Ballet Houston Ballet Munich Ballet Norwegian Ballet Pennsylvania Ballet Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Richmond Ballet Royal Danish Ballet San Francisco Ballet Stuttgart Ballet Universal Ballet (South Korea) Vienna Ballet Many of our students attend college as they dance, taking one or two courses a semester. In the past ten years, students have graduated from: Boston College Butler University Columbia University Princeton University University of Vienna Washington College (in pre-med) University of California at Berkley University of Colorado at Boulder (in pharmacy) (Others are still in college, of course) Hope this helps. A note, not just from our school, but I think it will apply to others across America, it's a buyer's market out there now. MANY companies invite students-about-to-graduate into second companies, or start them as apprentices. This does NOT mean that your child (or you) is a weak dancer, but that many American ballet companies have only 30 or so members. They want to use, and finish the training, of young talent, but the companies aren't big enough to accommodate them. Dancers in second companies (X Ballet 2) do dance, and many will get into the main company, or leave after a year or two to join another company.
  11. Boston Ballet School

    I don’t know the answer to your question, but just my experience with the school tells me that this is not always the case.
  12. Boston Ballet School

    Does anyone have feedback on my assumption that the kids invited to stay, year round, from the SI would be the ones admitted to the SI on scholarship? I am wondering about admittance two the year round at Boston and how it works!
  13. Boston Ballet School

    It’s a mixture, depending on the teacher
  14. Six of the girls and 2 of the boys that were in the Ballet Chicago studio company last year have contracts with companies this year.
  15. Is BBS training Balanchine based, or do they do more than that?
  16. Can anyone comment on recent professional contracts/traineeships, etc. for recent graduates?
  17. The website list through 2014-2015 alumni, though it doesn't specify if they are alumni of the high school program OR the Grad Program, or a combination of both. Can anyone comment on the professional placements or college dance acceptances of more recent graduates, particularly of the high school program?
  18. Can anyone comment on professional placements or college acceptances for the 2017 graduating class?
  19. Just finished my first audition for a role in 25+ years. It's still as nerve wracking as ever. Hoping for Puss In Boots but if it doesn't happen at least I know I tried.
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  21. Hello

    Welcome SFZ to Ballet Talk for Dancers. It is a pleasure to have a new and enthusiastic member on board. Please familiarize yourself with all that BT4D has to offer. We have an extensive amount of threads regarding just about every SI available. We also have a wonderful Forum for Residential Schooling if you are interested to explore that option. Looking forward to "seeing you" in our Forums.
  22. Hello

    Hello - I am the mother of a 14 year old who lives and breathes ballet. She is looking to take her ballet to the next level. She has been dancing for 10 years, but these last two years is when she really matured and became obsessed with it. The more advanced she gets, the more lost we feel! We have not looked at SI programs or schools, don't really know what we are doing, and this seems like an ideal place to gather more information. Thank you so much!
  23. From what I've read of personal reviews (people who have seen her live) she is actually quite good. I wish her well, she is obviously very passionate about dance.
  24. MelissaGA, It would be interesting to hear your perspective. I think that Womack is a) not as good as she is hyped/as she herself believes; and b ) is just too much trouble to be worth it for an AD. (She's not clear world standout (Osipova, etc).
  25. I have not listened to the video yet, but sometimes when I hear a comment like this, I have to wonder if it was only a small number of elite companies that the dancer was willing to audition for. Have seen this phenomenon with dancers looking at SIs and with dancers auditioning for jobs. I am intrigued as my dd was told something similar about not having a professional career (not about her facility per se) and 3 years later, proved that person wrong. Will have to bookmark to watch later on! Thanks for the link.
  26. Too much class for a 9 year old?

    Eligus, yes , I agree - hard to see the injuries/ burn out at 9 ! It’s an exciting time when your child starts dancing but it’s a long road so it’s best to start in the right way or that road can end quickly My hope is others read this thread and just take a step back and consider before jumping all in - also that they trust others, again , especially vrsfanatic , when they give advice !!
  27. Too much class for a 9 year old?

    Thank you Eligis for your kind words. Unfortunately, some parents do not want to hear that their school of choice, while providing the services they seek for their child, may be prioritizing the business aspect over the well being of their child. Perhaps the operative words are "providing the services they seek" and "over the well being of their child". I asked my very brave and naïve mother in the world of ballet, years ago, how did she know how to choose the school she chose for me, to enter my "life" in dance. She said it was easy. First she called a professional school to ask about their requirements for an eight year old. She also asked what were the requirements for the teaching of ballet, just in case a child really did want to pursue it as a career? I suggest all parents investigate the requirements placed upon young people studying ballet at a professional level to compare their own child's schedule. No professional school places 9 year olds in class with 18 year olds. No professional school offers "partnering" classes to a 9 or 10 year olds, whether on pointe or not. There are concrete excellent reasons. As I have said in other threads, if the practices of some ballet schools in the US took place at the academic level, parents would be very alarmed. While a child may be entering ballet without the aspiration to dance professionally, if the child begins ballet without a solid foundation in excellent fundamentals, the child's options in dance are automatically limited. It is similar to learning a foreign language from someone who only kind of, sort of knows the language.
  28. Too much class for a 9 year old?

    I've always appreciated your insight, Vrsfanatic, even if I haven't necessarily always personally complied with it. I believe you know a great deal more about training ballet dancers than I ever will, but sometimes, parents and their kids are not in ideal situations for training. and we make the best decision we can with the information we have and in the situation we are. But please don't stop trying to educate us because that is the only way we can make better decisions in the future. And yes, Ballet1310, all the injuries I saw (including my DD's own injury) were related to over use... And "burn out" is real. But I'm not sure I would have believed someone else telling me how frequently it happened to others when my DD was 9.... I didn't see it happening then. Most of the injuries and burn out didn't usually happen at 9, and I didn't see it happening to mine. Instead, most injuries happened at the 11-14 age, and were excused by the studio with reasons like "didn't have a ballet body" or "chose to do something else" or "wasn't strong enough to handle what the profession will be like." As you implied, it was never the ballet studio's procedures or set up that was in question -- it was always the student's "fault." So, it took awhile to educate myself on what was really happening. You give good advice to warn that the studio is a business and to take their guidance with a grain of salt.
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