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Videos for university application
Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:15 PM
Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:21 PM
Ballet Talk for Dancers Ballet Master.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:36 PM
Posted 08 September 2006 - 06:00 AM
Now for our lucked out part, does your DK go to the local high school? And if so, do they have a TV station in the school? If so, ask how new the equipment is. If it is fairly new, then it is most likely computer based. We asked the production teacher if his top student's could take it on as a project and be paid. The student got extra credit, a resume builder, a little date money and it took him all of 2 hours top to bottom with me sitting beside him to upload all the footage, squish it together digitally, add pre and post screens and page turners between each movement and give me a DVD and Video master and all the copies I wanted (from the dvds and videos I provided). Our TV station within our school has won national awards so it was pretty close to professional.
Posted 08 September 2006 - 06:02 AM
LIFE ISN'T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS...
...IT'S LEARNING HOW TO DANCE IN THE RAIN! [Unknown]
Posted 08 September 2006 - 10:30 AM
DD is preparing her college application material now, including DVD's/videos. We are fortunate in that one of my sons has his degree in Film/Video and the computer toys that go with it. You think Ballet is expensive??? We were SO glad when he graduated and actually got a job . . .
Posted 08 September 2006 - 10:58 AM
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Posted 08 September 2006 - 01:26 PM
1. Put the things you must want them to see first.
2. Use a DVD, not video tape. Make the DVD with easy-to-select tracks. They might not look at each track all the way through, but they're more like to look at the beginning of each track. Put what you REALLY want them to see in the first 10 seconds of each track.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 07:47 AM
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Posted 09 September 2006 - 11:33 AM
However, all that said, this is my first dancer to walk through this process. If any veteran feels like we're off course, please let us know. We value experience
Posted 09 September 2006 - 01:53 PM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 04:05 PM
She did have to have a resume and head shot and be accepted to the school before being accepted to the dance dept. but I suppose that could also be different with each school. I know it is important to pay attention to deadline dates as they can really sneak up on you. Good luck with your college applications and auditions!
Posted 10 September 2006 - 03:00 AM
I have a few tips to share:
Our first tip was one from a dance teacher several years ago advising us to look primarily for academics in the selection of a college and then make sure that there is an appropriate place to train nearby. This may not include specifically colleges famous for their dance departments, but colleges near good training. Of course this involves also getting into a ballet year round training program and then lots of juggling and dedication. Of course if you are maintaining excellent academics and pre-pro training, you already know the drill.
My additional piece of advice is to investigate the academic leave of absence policy. This is different from the deferrments often available after acceptance. Usually deferments are for one or two years. Leave policies vary from school to school and are sometimes done on a case by case basis. Some are very liberal extending 5-10 years or even indefinately. In this case, students who have established residency (through attendance for a certain time--one quarter to one academic year usually) can take a leave of absence and dance for a time without having to worry about applying to college after an extended career. They simply need to be readmitted.
For example, if you are able to get into Houston Ballet year round and Rice University, you can truly maximize academics and training. Ditto Stanford and classes at a local Palo Alto studio with teachers who danced with ABT and the Royal Ballet supplemented with the classes at Stanford itself. I think Carnegie Mellon and CPYB might also be a possibility, but I did not personally pursue this one.Another possibility would be Barnard and any one of the excellent NYC training programs. Ditto Georgetown or George Washington U and the excellent training available in the greater Washington, DC area. The Rock School and Swarthmoore or the University of Pennsylvania. The University of California at Berkeley has an indefinate leave of absence after establishing a matriculated school status and there is a wide variety of excellent training in Berkeley and the greater San Francisco Bay area. We looked at good places to train and then worked backwards to locate the best academic college we could find near the excellent training when we picked colleges to consider. Unorthodox, but this combination requires thinking outside the box. This is difficult to plan, but worth the effort if you can pull it off.
Since the jury is still out on what ultimate success my dks will have with this strategy, (one is still job hunting after graduation and another has not gotten through that first college year yet) I can neither give guarantees nor details of success, but I do know these are at least some of the possibilities I checked into for my dancers.
What we found when sending video tape is that it is best to check ahead of time to see if these will be accepted and how the academic school wants them formatted. For example, Stanford has a different deadline for arts materials (almost a month earlier than their regular application date--we missed this). Several years ago Yale would not accept dance videos at all. I believe Rice has a similar policy.
The quality of the video need not be professional as many others have stated (we had the same problem with not having footage of performances--no taping allowed). Summer programs often give guidelines for video applications that are useful to construct the college videos, and these can be supplemented by a variation at the end of the studio barre and center footage. Most important is being able to identify the dancer and see clearly the level of their training. Keep the video short. Ours were 10-15 minutes and labled as such. Colleges that are not necessarily known for their dance departments but for their academics and selectivity often appreciate what it takes to pursue pre-pro ballet and the dance video can boost a students overall application. For example, students from SAB and SFB training programs have been accepted into recent Harvard freshman classes. Harvard advanced level classes could be supplemented by Jose Mateo's training, Boston Ballet classes or several other studios. Although the Harvard department is purely extracuriccular they have had great opportunities such as master classes from Suzanne Farrell, Mikko Nissennin, and Damien Woetzel among others (please excuse spelling). This year Heather Watts will be setting Serenade and teaching a weekly class.
Edited by 2dds, 10 September 2006 - 03:09 AM.