Marymount Manhattan College
Posted 06 March 2005 - 09:55 PM
The website looks like there is a decent adjunct faculty but it's hard to see if there is really much emphasis on ballet ... looks modern-oriented.
Anyone have any good insights to share? I'd appreciate it. Thank you!
Posted 07 March 2005 - 02:57 PM
You spoke of adjunct faculty, but two of the six full-time faculty, including the director of the department, are former professional ballet dancers.
I took my daughter to see last semester's final concert and my daughter noted that all the dancers in the casts had excellent ballet technique. So much so, in fact, that my daughter worried about being accepted. It's true that we didn't see any classical ballet being performed, if that is what you mean by "modern oriented." The show was a mix of modern, contemporary ballet (on pointe) and modern ballet (in slippers).
We know another girl from our area who recently graduated from MMC. She's now a member of Ballet Deviare. You can read about her and another MMC graduate under the link, "Company Info." (And if you'll notice, both of these MMC graduates are not listed on the Dance Department's own Alumae/i page, which means that that list is very incomplete.) I also know that a former studiomate of my daughter's just got accepted and the faculty at her residency program are all gung-ho about MMC over the semi-possibilities of traineeships (offered at the end of SIs). :::waves to her mom:::
So, that may not seem like much first-hand or current knowledge, but keep in mind, before I posted on Ballet Talk about Joffrey Midwest Workshop, no one here had heard much about it. Now it's listed under the "Most Popular" SIs.
My daughter is weighing MMC against University of Arizona and Point Park University. I'm still hoping that I might learn more about these programs from Ballet Talk, but I'm getting the sense that knowledge about college programs doesn't extend much past the Fab Six (Indiana, Butler, SMU, SUNY Purchase, Utah, and the U. of Oklahoma) plus Juilliard and Tisch. My "University of Arizona" thread is now sitting idle with no first-hand feedback. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
If no one else responds, do you think we can repost our questions to Cross Talk?
Posted 07 March 2005 - 08:07 PM
It's good to know that you went to see a performance and your daughter was able to make that assessment. We recently visited NCSA and saw their winter concert -- seeing the performances is very enlightening about the dance program itself. In my humble opinion -- and in agreement with my daughter who has far more knowledge than I do -- we thought NCSA also had excellent ballet and modern dancers.
Does U of A have ties to Ballet Arizona? Again, I am but a novice but it appears as though this company is on its way up with Ib Anderson as the AD. Also, as I understand it, U of A has a growing academic reputation and much money is being pumped into the school from corporate, philanthropic and other resources. Of course, I'm not sure of the dance dept. but I do see the school actively marketing the dance program in all the appropriate venues.
I'd love to hear what your daughter decides. Did you also explore the Fab Six?
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In my DD's estimation, of the dance programs that offer a unique jazz major, MMC is the weakest in terms of jazz offerings. They mostly view jazz dance as an offshoot and complement to theater dance, so that is why tap forms a chunk of that major and why they encourage the jazz dance majors to round out their program with participation in school musicals (through the theater dept.). In contrast, the other programs offer much more advanced jazz that can help students reach for a career with a jazz dance company. The girl we know who graduated from MMC had to take extra jazz classes through Steps and BDC (and pay for them) to get what she wanted.
Since the Univ. of Arizona is out for your DD, I hope Point Park and UArts are on her list for auditions. They have excellent jazz programs.
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I also was exhausted by the end so much that i was hoping that i was cut because the audition lasted almost 5 hours!!!Yet, i felt it extremley challenging compared to the Suny audition, or summer program auditions!