Posted 14 February 2006 - 11:28 AM
Posted 14 February 2006 - 09:08 PM
Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:43 AM
There is no published connection with Alabama Ballet.
Posted 06 April 2006 - 11:36 PM
In regard to the question of the connection between BSC and Alabama Ballet, it is true that there is no official connection, but the programs do have teachers in common. The same individuals teach jazz and modern at both programs and I know from first hand experience that they are excellent teachers. In particular, the modern teacher has very impressive creditials, having danced with Mark Morris and Baryshnikov in the White Oaks Project, and is also the AD for the modern dance company based in Birmingham.
In regard to the academics, this school is top notch, churning out an amazing number of acceptances to med and law schools each year. In my class, over ten percent of the graduating students were accepted into medical schools, and an even higher number were accepted into law schools. Something like 70% of BSC graduates go on to graduate school. Those numbers have remained fairly consistent for over two decades now. It is a very small school were students get a lot of personnel attention. For someone who has a limited budget, some dance talent and wants to get a first rate education, a scholarship may be just the ticket since, as a post above noted, they have a very well endowed and generous scholarship fund. If someone wants a performance career, they may want to look elsewhere since they do not seem to be sending many dancers into the professional arena at this point in time.
Posted 07 April 2006 - 04:46 PM
Posted 09 April 2006 - 10:38 AM
Posted 26 December 2008 - 12:46 PM
1. Am I correct that I don't need to audition for the dance program? From what I've seen, it looks like the dance audition is just for a scolarship, not for admission to the program.
2. Is the dance program ballet based?
3. Do dance majors have technique classes every day?
4.What performance oppurtunities are there?
Those are the main questions I had that I can remember now. So if anybody knows, can you please tell me more about the dance program there?
Posted 14 May 2009 - 04:10 PM
Birmingham Southern College is a wonderful school, beautiful campus and excellence all around. Our daughter did audition for the school of dance and yes it offers ballet, jazz, and modern. I would say that ballet technique is offered on a regular basis and there are performing opportunities. I do not know if you have to audition to get into the program. I believe there were about 60 dancers on our audition day. I would make a call to inquire about admittance into the school of dance. I do know that the director, Mira, will gladly come to the studio to see you dance because other audition dates were available by appointment. You will truly love this college! Our daughter will not be attending BSC but we felt very good about the school. Good Luck! momdeb
Posted 07 June 2009 - 04:46 PM
Anyone can take dance classes at BSC because they have classes of a variety of levels, but to try to get into the the higher level classes, you have to go to the audtion. They only have one audition, but if you can't make it that day (Like me) you can contact the dance department and ask to come and take a regular class there a few days earlier instead, which is what I did.
The program is based in Vaganova ballet technique, although they also have classes in things like jazz and modern.
Of the four levels of ballet technique, two have class three days a week and two have class five days a week.
BSC does not produce full length ballets, but they do have performances. I've gotten the impression that the performances have quite a variety of classical ballet, modern, jazz, ect. I believe there are three performances a year. The dancers get to do some of the coreography.
Posted 13 June 2010 - 08:23 PM
Posted 15 June 2010 - 01:12 PM
Yes, we know about Birmingham Southern. I am sorry you found the dance school disappointing. Our dd decided to go out of state for college and has had a great first year. She did audition for BSC and was offered a generous scholarship but had heard the dance program was weak. Like you said the academics and credibility of the college is wonderful!!! We know the modern teacher well (actually we know all the teachers) and the jazz teacher well and liked them both. I hope you find another good dance school to attend. Ballet Talk really does a good job of giving detailed information on each school, so the best of luck!
Let us know what you decide!!
Posted 21 December 2010 - 08:45 PM