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We visited last month. It's a small beautiful campus, wonderful instructors, lovely program.
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 05:50 PM
Gorgeous facilities: Two large beautiful studios, with natural lighting, grand piano, sound system, sprung floors, faculty offices overlooking and adjacent dressing rooms. Really very fine facilities.
Wonderful teachers: Stan and Sharon seem to be outstanding instructors, each with their own strengths, a married couple who complement each other very well as a ballet faculty team.
Dorms: Freshman housing is the nicest of any school we looked at - 3 bedroom apartments with demi-kitchen (no stove, but sink/fridge/counters), double full baths and the largest closets you will find in student housing.
Conservative/Christian environment: Friends no longer has any affiliation with their Quaker roots, but they have evolved into a conservative Christian college. We saw this in the personal views of the faculty, and across the student body, too.
Ballet Scholarship: Tuition at Friends is below average to begin with, and they have institutional scholarships for bright bun heads with good SAT scores who can be personable and charming at their admissions interview. THEN, the ballet department has a private endowment for talented kids - if they like you at the "first" audition, they will invite you back for the "Sebits Scholarship." This endowment is new for 08-09 and I suspect the Rogers will use it wisely and effectively to grown their department and strengthen the calibre of dancers they attract.
Auditions: Prospective students take a regular class with the enrolled dancers at the daily ballet technique class at 1pm. They have several days set aside for those "visit Friends" days, but I suspect you could go anytime by arranging it with Admissions or the Rogers directly. At the two auditions DD attended with the regular full class of students, there was a range of abilities in the auditionees, including one kid who was clearly struggling. Yet at the end of the audition they were all given verbal assurance from Stan that he would accept any/all of them. Class was on flat shoes.
The program: Sharon is very proud of the fact they they offer a BFA in ballet. Kids must take French. The encourage double majors. They do Nutc in December and another event every spring. The ballet department would be a very good fit (my opinion only) for kids who are looking for a developmental program. I spoke at length with two former students (and got an email reply c/o a fellow BalletTalker from a 3rd former student) and they all agreed that the Rogers can really give talented kids what they need to move ahead of the average dancer, and they can turn even 'not so talented' kids into very competent dancers, too. They are small and unknown, but a gem/treasure waiting to be discovered.
The leadership in the Fine Arts department is very responsive and truly interested in the kids who attend (actually, pretty interested in the prospective kids, too, if our experience was any example.) I really liked this school. DD did, too: It was her 2nd choice and it was NOT an especially easy decision to make especially in light of their generous scholarships for ballet. Most dancers get some token award and very talented kids can get up to full tuition thanks to the new privately endowed scholarship. If you are in the mid-west and would appreciate a Christian environment at a small liberal arts college, I would definitely go visit and see what you think.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 09:14 PM
Overall, it is a wonderful University, with great campus life, and I know that my dancing has been changed dramatically.
Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:56 AM
Also is it OK to double major?