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Posted 10 November 2011 - 09:53 AM
My daughter does not plan to return next year - she will be auditioning for company trainee/jobs. She was told this summer by a major company director that she is dancing at a professional level and she needs to go get a job. While her experience there has been very positive and she has a great apartment 1/2 block from The Hemenway Building, she doesn't feel she is going to get anything further from the program. It is very expensive and in my mind not worth the money unless they really change the program and give more performing opportunites on par with the MT (musical theater) and music departments. She has had a wonderful experience but it is time for her to move on. If you are looking for classical ballet, this is not your place. There are some contemporary ballet works and a great deal of modern. The new director is a jazz teacher with a degree in sociology from Harvard. Seems a bizarre combination. I do wonder if the new focus will go away from ballet/modern and into jazz/tap/theater type dance.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:51 PM
I just wanted to post a different perspective on the school since the above opinion was written beginning of the school year and it is now the end of the 2011-2012 school year with the new director (Cathy Young). I just graduated from the program and have gotten to know more about Cathy this past year. The program changes that have been announced for the 2012-2013 school year actually gives students more options in how they wish to be trained. In the past we were all required to take an equal amount of ballet and modern classes everyday but for this coming year students have the option to have a schedule that has more emphasis on ballet or modern. They can also choose to retain the equal amount of both. Prospective parents/students should also know that even know Cathy is from a jazz background she does not push for everyone to move into the jazz/theater style, instead she encourgages versatility which is vital to employment in all sectors of the current dance world. This school year Cathy took the intiative of creating more informal showings (done in the studio) which allowed students more opportunites to perform. I would also like to point out that even without the addition of informal showings this year it is wrong to say that dance majors do not have equal amount of perfroming opportunities to the musical theater majors. Dance Majors are guranteed 1 main stage show Freshman year and 2 main stage shows for the remaining three years. If cast in every mainstage show they have roughly 4 shows a year (which is alot if you consider having to attend rehearsals on top of school workload). Theater Majors are only guranteed 1 main stage show their Freshman year and 1 in their senior year. (Mainstage shows are the big productions put on by each department. This does not include student choreography shows, senior dance shows, and shows in other performing venues). The fact that dance majors are guranteed two big performances a year (without having to audition) already gives us more performing opportunities than our theater counterparts. Personally I found myself in more shows when I became an upperclassman and now looking back this actually worked in my favor as it gave me the time and space to adjust to the rigorous daily schedule. It may seem "bizzare" that Cathy's bachelors degree is in Sociology but I believe that is a good thing as it speaks to her ability as an administrator which is something she must be able to do in addition to being an artist/teacher. Yes the cost of the school is high but the cost of the Conservatory is in the same ballpark of many colleges. The school does give out alot of scholarships. In my class of 16 seniors I would have to say more than 3/4 of us are on a scholarship. These scholarships are however based mostly on merit and not on need. There have been times where I have questioned the cost of my education but now that I am out with a Bachelors degree I can truly say it was worth it because a degree opens me up to job opportunities in and out of the dance field
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:05 PM
Thank you. I moved to New York and started rehearsing with a contemporary company right after graduation for a performance in June. I am also interning for a company to learn a bit more about arts administration work. I also have a job in a musical lined up for August. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the school, since I have been there these past four years i can definitely give you the insiders scoop on things!
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:29 AM
My previous opinion had always been to attend a live audition wherever possible, whether for a SI or full year program. However, my D has had some bad experiences with certain live auditions, especially if very crowded. Most have you lined up in a particular order so if you get stuck in a corner, you cannot reposition yourself. I am fairly certain that I read in the BoCo website that they encourage live auditions, so even though we were successful with a recorded audition, live is probably better. If you end up doing recorded, be sure it is an excellent quality recording and shows everything asked for.
Posted 17 September 2014 - 10:48 PM
Could someone describe their audition experience for this program? I am a junior and I think I may audition for their summer intensive to get a feel for it. If anyone has any experience with the summer intensive that would be helpful as well.