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#1 Momof3darlings

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:37 AM

The time is here! While it's still early for Trainees, conferences are beginning for current Ballet Company members. We want to celebrate, congratulate and share in the joy of our parents, dancers and even teachers who have students reaching the goals of one of the following: An actual company contract which is Paid Apprentice or Paid company member corp or renewed contracts Paid Apprentice or higher

 

The purpose of this thread is to congratulate those who have accepted a paid position with a professional company.  This listing includes paid apprentice, corp positions or movement upwards to Soloist, Principal, etc.  This is for signed contracts only not acceptances.  

 

In prior years, this thread has not only been used to celebrate, but also to track, confirm and debunk some of the "beliefs" out there about who and how contracts are received. So we do ask that you share a bit about your journey without too many specifics. This helps our younger members see the wide variety of training, acceptances, etc. that come from our membership. We understand that we are but a very small segment of the ballet world here at BTFD, but over time, we've learned that we can see trends within our membership.

Feel free to either write the information in paragraph form or use the guideline we've developed over time.

So as coined by one of our members, Let the "Contractuballetions" begin:

(Sample form)
Gender:
Main/Most recent training
: (ex. small local school, small company affiliated school, residency, etc. Do not list the program unless you want to)

Level of school completed: high school grad, partial college, college grad
Audition method: SI audition, Company Class, Cattle Call, Video, YAGP, etc.
Position granted: Secured Trainee position as school, Trainee as company, Apprentice with pay or without, Corp, Soloist, etc.
Position process/progress: promoted from Trainee, promoted from Apprentice, from "outside", 2nd year in same position, etc.
If Trainee: School Trainee, Bridge Trainee or if 2nd company does it function as school/company
Location of company: US, Canada, Europe, etc., not the actual city or company itself unless you'd like to share
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? Yes/No, explain if necessary

 

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey?

 

Balance in everything ballet!

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:54 AM

Okay, I'll start.

Gender: female

Main/most recent training: currently ended second season with small company, trained at medium cecchetti studio with school youth performing company.

Level of school completed: highschool

Audition method: company class followed by open audition - asked to stay a few more days for company classes.

Position progress/ process: from outside

Location of company: US

Offered at competition : no

Words of wisdom: this is coming from dancers Aunt who has been very involved in her professional path (and training path actually). Don't get discouraged. Keep pushing through. Include God in your journey. Be gracious and thankful for all the nuggets of wisdom others pass on. FOLLOW UP right after audition with brief thank you card! Be fully engaged in classes - whether its a school class, a company class or an audition class.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 04:31 PM


Gender: Female, 20 yo

Main/Most recent training: small company affiliated school, completed one year at a two year post grad program.

Level of school completed: high school

Audition Method: (original) SI, (offered company trainee contract at end of Summer)

Position granted: Corps

Position process/progress: promoted after one year as company Trainee

Location of company: US

Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No, never participated.

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey?

It's ok to have doubts once and a while but it's important to keep going if becoming a professional is your ultimate goal. Find a company that's the right fit and an AD who believes in you and vice versa. Be realistic about what your first company will look like or where it will be. Apply to college! You can defer some up to two years. This journey is never easy for anyone. Focus on what you bring to the table. Corps work as a student pays off. You don't have to be the star of your studio to get a contract. 🙃

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:43 PM

Congratulations fun en face and Lady Elle for your dancer's achievements.  


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 11:18 AM

Thanks Momof3...I neglected to add one important think to the words of wisdom...
Read this board!!! It is literally the one place I ever got good, solid information.
DD and I are extremely grateful for BTFD.

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 07:48 PM

Okay, now I can post the name of the company my neice just got contracted with. She accepted a position with Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. It's especially exciting as they only have 16 company members so they all dance a lot! And usually about 60-70 shows per season. I'm very excited for her.

I also want to mention, to encourage others, she had a very "normal" highschool life. Never went to SI's other than her home studio, except for one year when she was around 15. She only did YAGP as a senior. She was very involved with her church youth group and had a thriving social life outside of ballet.

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 03:57 PM



Gender: Female


Main/Most recent training: Residence program, USA

Level of school completed:  Graduating Senior, May 2016


Audition method:  Observed in class and winter performance at residence school by Company Artistic Director and Company General Director.


Position granted:  Corps de ballet.


Position process/progress:  After winter performance, DD was invited to perform corps with company in upcoming full length ballet. Spent three months of senior year training, rehearsing, and performing with company overseas. DD did academics by correspondence while away. Returned to residential program to finish senior year and graduate high school. Company contract offered and officially signed. DD will be returning overseas this summer to rejoin company.


Location of company: Overseas


Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance?  No.

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey?
Find the best training possible for your dancer, reevaluate each season. Encourage hard work over drama and any disappointments, stay focused on the larger picture. Academics are very important, do not let them slide. Independent life skills are a must, including learning to self advocate, start early!
 

 
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Posted 13 May 2016 - 08:17 AM

Congrats to all!!



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 08:32 PM

Congratulations!

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 06:10 AM

Congratulations to our newest Contracts!


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Posted 14 May 2016 - 12:49 PM

Wonderful news! Congratulations all!!

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 08:05 AM

Gender: Male
Main/Most recent training: Last two and half years were at a large company affiliated school—away from home. Job did not come from the affiliated company. But the training was world class and the teachers were very instrumental in the level the dancer was able to achieve.

Level of school completed: Homeschooled high school graduate. Dancer had most of high school credits achieved before leaving home.
Audition method: Master class resulted in an invitation to take company classes.
Position granted: “First year dancer” (AGMA—non-ranked company.)
Position process/progress: From outside.
If Trainee: N/A
Location of company: US
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? Dancer was part of an invited group performing at a gala during a competition. None of the dancers in the group competed. Master class was a benefit of performing.

 

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey? Be prepared for so much hard work, so many missed holidays, birthdays, and family events. Even with scholarships there are costs, not all financial, but a lot of financial-especially in transportation. We were blessed by some very gracious parents who were helpful in housing arrangements, holiday hosting, and allowing dancer to feel part of a family life away from home. There is no “one way-one size fits all” approach. 



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Posted 05 August 2016 - 11:31 AM

Congratulations to you and your son tentative!


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Posted 05 August 2016 - 01:28 PM

Congratulations to all for their perseverance and success!

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 11:04 PM

Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training: Apprentice at two contemporary ballet companies in very large city; prior to that performed with Joffrey Ballet Concert Group.  Earlier education included: two years at Butler University but an injury sidelined dancer for a few years, high school training at a large community arts school and prior to that studied at a local pre-professional ballet school for 10 years.

Level of school completed: Partial college
Audition method: Company class
Position granted: Full Company Member
Position process/progress: attained position from outside the company
If Trainee: N/A
Location of company: US
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No, never competed.

 

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey?

Never give up your dream if you are willing to put in the work to be successful.  Continue on despite setbacks and the negative feedback of others if dance is truly your gift and you have a passion for it.  Don't let the naysayers sideline you, especially when they do not understand the dance world.  Be willing to take alternate paths from those traditionally followed in ballet, work many jobs on the side, and take positions in small, regional or start-up companies when you begin your professional career.  As a parent, support your dancer for as long as you are able financially and emotionally, even if they need to take a step back for a year or so.


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