California Institute of the Arts
Posted 17 June 2004 - 06:29 PM
Their design departments are top notch, better than Yale in that Cal Arts grads have actual practical knowledge, not just design inspiration.
Their performing arts departments are well respected especially theater.
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Posted 02 December 2006 - 09:36 PM
Not having explored attending the school, the most interesting thing about it to me is it's affiliations. It's tied in with the Disney Hall/RedCAT theater which is shaping up to be quite a nice venue for dance here in Los Angeles. I also believe CalArts is heavily funded by the Disney estate.
Incredible campus on a hill overlooking the Santa Clarita valley. Very nice facilities, the kind of place you could immerse yourself in your studies and never have to venture very far outside the campus world.
Dance in Los Angeles, however, is another story. There's a lot of modern here, not all of it good, and there is no real ballet tradition in town. The last ballet company folded 22 years ago. A new company has begun its inaugural season but they have an uphill battle teaching the city about classical dance. Sadly, the town is very focused on flashy, hip-hip or music video dancing. There's a disturbing trend in modern in town to incorporate trapeze acts. Really weird, very "L.A."
University of California Irvine is supposed to be a very good post-graduate dance department.
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Posted 28 October 2007 - 07:55 PM
So, although we do appreciate your kind offer to gather information from a non-BT4D member, that information is relevant and useful to us only if your teacher registers and actually posts the information on his or her own behalf. Thank you for your understanding.
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 04:52 PM
Does anyone have current information about CalArts? I think they still have more of a modern focus, but I'm concerned they may completely ignore ballet. We are just starting to look into this as a potential school.
Posted 22 May 2013 - 09:07 AM
Excellent ballet teachers there...Cynthia Young who is also the director of Pasadena Dance Theatre and Lawrence Blake. Both are incredible and will push you very hard. If you are interested in working with them...you'll get lots of opportunities to do real classical stuff on the side with PDT. I would call Pasadena Dance Theatre and talk with her if you are looking for ballet in addition to the stuff they opffer at CAl Arts. You'll get the best of both worlds.