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Posted 24 January 2006 - 01:16 AM
Another post-high school program that offers acting and voice training (as well as several other types of dance and movement classes) is the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart Lausanne, but they do not offer a degree, and moving to Switzerland is not an easy step to take.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:10 PM
I have a good friend whose daughter is a senior there and who is a musical theater/voice performance major. The mother of this student told me a week ago that for the 2006-07 school year, Boston Conservatory admitted more dancers than ever before because there is a need for dancers for the musical theater productions. A roommate of my dd's from Boston Ballet SDP is a freshman there this year majoring in dance and I understand she likes it very much.
Boston Conservatory is a relatively small program in the heart of the city of Boston. I do know that they have one of the top musical theater programs in the U.S. I do not know how highly regarded the dance program is. I also understand that all students, regardless of major, are evaluated at the end of their sophomore year and either asked to stay on if they have made progress or asked to leave the conservatory if the faculty does not believe they are at the point that they should be at.
They have some wonderful performing opportunities in Boston at both school and outside venues. The program is extremely competitive.
Posted 11 October 2006 - 09:59 PM
The ballet faculty is very strong along with excellence as said previously in modern and jazz. The program has improved immensely in the last 10 years under Yasi Takanaga (sp?). The facilities are a bit challenging but resources such as ability to dance and theater events in Boston often for free are very good. Performances I have seen in the last few years were very good. Challenging reperatory, good original works, and some fine ballet and modern classics. I have known some very intensely ballet focussed students to thrive and grow there. I think it is a program worth consideration.
Posted 12 October 2006 - 09:20 AM
The school itself is small, a conservatory. But, it is in the heart of the City. I also continued taking classes at Boston Ballet and dancing in some productions with them while in school. Many, many former Boston Ballet dancers now teach at BCoM. The ballet (in my opinion) has always been top notch, but I am also of the opinion that any class is what YOU make of it. The school does not coddle. I missed a casting list posting, and missed my first rehearsal, and was dropped to the second role. Though this was many years ago, it is exactly what it is now. The real world. They did not hand hold after graduation with finding a job, either, but I can say that they did provide all the materials and avenues in order to look for a job. I know of 2 recent (last 5 year) graduates who have found gainful employment with companies in the Cambridge area and are teaching for schools in the North Shore area. I was there under Ruth Ambrose and had great ballet, but I am sure that it has improved with the years.
I found the school very strong in it's performance opportunities. We did a big ballet production every year along with student productions which leaned heavily towards modern and contemporary jazz, etc. They offered pedagogy, labanotation, Sutton notation, kinesiology (sp), anatomy, very challenging studies. This course of study was very, very challenging.
I enjoyed NOT having a large number of students in my classes. I found the conservatory avenue a way for me to go. I would encourage you to look at the school. Take a visit. They may even let you take class. check it out!
Posted 12 October 2006 - 12:21 PM
Posted 12 October 2006 - 01:57 PM
My DD who had her first meeting with her HS guidance counselor today. As of last night had decided she didn't want to do music theatre in college but did want to continue in dance. (I am sure in the next 3 years this will change hundreds of times back and forth). BoCo sounds like it might be to her liking. She can continue with ballet some, but work more toward on jazz and MT dance. The possibility of being cast in MT productions as a dancer would REALLY make her happy since she does sing and act.
This is a place we will need to look at more carefully, although it may be well out of our financial resources so I will investigate before raising it with her.
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