Posted 02 January 2015 - 10:56 AM
Not that I have a lot of experience, but so far I have determined that trying to figure out the whole scholarship thing is not worth the stress. Last year was the first year my son was old enough to audition for real summer intensives since he was 12. He got full scholarships with housing from Houston and Next Generation Ballet and half tuition from PNB. But then you hear of older, better guys who don't get scholarships to those same places after we were told that kids my son's age wouldn't get scholarships to some of the places he received scholarships from. And sometimes kids get a scholarship someplace one year, improve greatly, and then don't get a scholarship the next year.
Going into summer auditions this year I told my son he is starting all over from scratch - even with the SI's he was accepted to with scholarships, including the one he attended (Houston). Last year was last year. Nothing guarantees he will even be accepted and, as with any audition, you don't know what they are looking for this year. All he can do is his best work in the audition and beyond that it is up to the school to decide if they are going to accept him and who they are going to give scholarships to. I figure getting into a good program is the hurdle, the scholarship is the icing on the cake.
But I hear you on the price of the summer intensives. Although we never count on a scholarship, we do make it clear to our son that we need a scholarship in order for him to attend an SI. For that reason he auditions for many as possible that interest him. I am just very thankful that he is at a year round school now where he gets great male training in case he has to stay for the summer. We would be perfectly comfortable, and would know he was getting a great summer intensive experience, if he stayed at home at Next Generation Ballet for the summer.