WAAPA- any thoughts or experience?
Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:40 PM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:16 PM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:28 PM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:35 AM
I wouldn't get too hung up on mapping out career paths just yet at 13 - he would still have so many options. Wait until he hits about 16 and then see what's going on. If he really wants to persue a classical career he may still be better at ABS or another fulltime program if he has the technique. Some of the fulltime schools offer atleast Cert IV's or diplomas in dance too - it's not a bachelor's but it's still something and might be worth looking in to. VCA and Deakin in QLD also offer a bachelor's, similar to WAAPA (I haven't seen any of their students though) I would steer clear of UWS Nepean's & UNSW's dance and Wesley - not enough classical foundation for a company career in my opinion.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:25 PM
Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:23 AM
Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:35 AM
Posted 22 June 2012 - 06:33 AM
Opinions will vary wildly on the "right" age on going to full time or out on audition tours. It is such an individual thing for each student. It is not impossible at all to launch a professional career at 20 or older, and maturity can sometimes be an advantage. However, sometimes a few years of intensive training under the belt by 17 or 18 can be wonderful and students can then head off to audition the world over with much success.
I can only give you my personal opinion, but I think a little bit of maturity is often an advantage. I don't like to see students leaving school at such a young age, particularly before completing year 10 atleast - I don't think many have the maturity or self control to really benefit from intense training at that young age. A little older and a little more focused can sometimes bring the same results of training longer when younger. I think it is much more a case of assessing a child's maturity to see how they will cope with intense training at any age.
You could certainly consider it at 15, but it would not curtail his career prospects at all if he did not take up full time at that age. Even though dancers often have short careers, they are not light speed! Steven Heathcote and David McAllister had long, successful careers into their late 30's and 40's - Colin Peasly still danced with the AB in his 60's! Good talent will prevail no matter the age.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 06:29 AM
Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:19 AM