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smgdo

 Called the school they don't have any information at this time due the program be restructured with the new staff :/

That's what I was told.....wanting information for our DD as she is looking at attending the PTPA program. Would like to know if they will be chapperoned she is 16 and not ready to live alone!

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javamama

 smgdo- I would call Donna Glover, the Director of School Operations. There is no supervised housing (dorm) for the PTP A program and this is the same as what other posters have said in previous years even though there are some other changes in the program. Most students will share apartments which Donna can give detailed information about and which are in close proximity to the studios.

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balletgem

I am interested in finding out more about the Professional Training Program. As it seems that this program is changing, I would love to hear from someone there now regarding the class schedule, performance opportunities and any information about the support for career planning.

 

 

 

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joditeach8

My daughter is currently in her second year of the Professional Training Program. She is in PTP A and dances from about 9:30-4:30 each day. PTP B dances about 3:00-8:00 each day. During Nutcracker this schedule changes to accommodate rehearsals. My daughter has had several opportunities to dance with the school during the year. They have a fall and spring in-studio showcase and an end of year performance. All PTPs are in Nutcracker and some are asked to perform corps roles in other company performances.  There are also occasions that the students are asked to perform in events throughout the DC area during the school year. There are no dorms but students typically live in apartments close to the studios. My daughter lives within a five minute walk and in a building with many other dancers. She loves TWSB and the teachers. She is challenged and getting great training. They take technique classes, pointe, pas de deux, contemporay, flamenco, and musical theater. The school offers classes in injury prevention, nutrition, career planning and are always willing to conference with students who have questions. There is a PT room and an outside Physical Therapist that comes in during the week to treat students. This is an extra charge if you choose to use them. The management is very helpful and accessible and returns calls and emails in a timely fashion. Management of student information is all done through the parent portal. Please let me know if you have any other questions. 

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dancerdancer

Thanks for the information! It sounds like a very interesting program. I’d be curious to know about how many students are in the classes? They combine with the trainees sometimes, correct? (Based on what I’d read before in trainee thread.) 

 

Thanks again for for sharing your perspective. It is very helpful!

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macameli

Can anyone provide any updated info/opinions on their PTP A/B programs, especially if you DD is still in high school....living arrangements, managing academics, ages of other attendees? How many are local? Thanks in advance!!!!

 

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javamama

macameli- PTP A and PTP B are different levels with different schedules. PTP B is designed for students who attend school during the day, so it is evening. It is considered the level for students who intend to study dance in college or who want to be considered for promotion to PTP A. PTP A is day, higher hours, and is considered the upper level of the two below trainee. The primary teachers for PTP A are Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev. 

https://www.washingtonballet.org/school-year-programs

Both levels have school shows and do Nutcracker as well as other community performances. PTP A students also have the opportunity to be selected for corps roles for other company productions. Many PTP A students are recruited from competitions and are new to Washington Ballet School, and many are international. PTP B seems to generally have more local area students who came up through the school but I don't have numbers on that. Both require an audition. All PTP A students who are in high school are finishing online or home schooled. PTP A is sometimes combined with the trainees for class and can be in corps parts with trainees. DD has had class with Julie Kent multiple times.  There are no host families and no dorms, although many of the students live in shared apartments in the same building within a few blocks of the studio. The apartment building has a close relationship to the ballet and has for years and most of DD's classmates live there.  I don't have the type of statistics you're looking for but I'm sure she would- generally PTP A is 16-19 years old with some younger and possibly a couple of older (?) students in the mix. I believe most students in PTP A are not local. The environment of the school is great and you can't go wrong with the training there in either level :D

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macameli

javamama, Thank you for the info! Sounds similar to the program she is doing now - only she has the benefit of being "local." She's ready to branch out though.

 

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danceimatter

The school website mentions help finding housing and apartments offer 9 month leases for students attending. Does anyone know an approximate rental cost for the academic year? Trying to compare with programs that offer dorms with meal plans. 

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joditeach8

My daughter lives locally at the Lencshire House, which is about a five to seven minute walk to both studios. Many dancers live there or in other apartments close by. The Lencshire offers a month to month lease so you are not locked in. The current rent is $1335. She is in a studio apartment with one roommate so we pay half. There are also one bedroom apartments and the rent is slightly higher. Typically three people share those.  There is a doorman there Monday through Saturday. When no one is at the desk the front door is locked and they have a fob to get in. Laundry is provided on the premises as well.  There is a grocery store, pharmacy, and plenty of restaurants within walking distance and she either takes the bus, Metro, or Uber to get anywhere not within walking distance. Also, see my response above for additional information. (As an added bonus, we typically like to stay at the Kimpton Glover Park right down the street when visiting. They typically offer "last minute deals". It's a very nice hotel where we can stay rather inexpensively.) Good luck! Let me know if I can answer any other questions. :)

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KAJ

Thanks for this helpful information, joditeach8.  Did the school help connect you with roommates?  I see above from another post there are high school students in PTP.  Is it realistic to be completing high school online while participating in PTPA or PTPB?  This seems like a very good fit for my dd for a number of reasons.  Great program, not too far from us, and my older daughter and her husband live in DC.  I'm a little concerned about dd living without chaperoned housing, not that she is not independent enough to take care of herself, but more for the social reasons, for lack of a better word.  You know, older kids exercising their independence in ways that as a 16yo, might be difficult to deal with, particularly in a roommate situation.

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joditeach8

My daughter had already graduated from HS when she began so I can't speak to that end of it but she hasn't had a problem living on her own. She is independent and has a good head on her shoulders and makes good choices about her social life and her health. There are several younger students in her apartment building who do online school and from what I know, are doing fine. The school did help us connect with possible roommates and also possible housing possibilities. Donna Glover is an excellent resource. Definitely get in touch with her. My daughter is planning to return as a trainee in the company next year. Good luck!

 

 

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firedragon0800
On 1/2/2018 at 9:07 PM, javamama said:

macameli- PTP A and PTP B are different levels with different schedules. PTP B is designed for students who attend school during the day, so it is evening. It is considered the level for students who intend to study dance in college or who want to be considered for promotion to PTP A. 

https://www.washingtonballet.org/school-year-programs

Joditeach8 - Do you believe that PTP-B would be good for a "local" college student? Would be appreciative of any info you can offer regarding the PTP-B route. Thanks

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firedragon0800

Bump. Beating the bush for any information from dancers or dancer parents currently going to TWB, specifically if they are in the PTP-B training track and going to school as well. Thanks.

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javamama

KAJ, yes students do finish high school in PTPA or PTPB. DD has been finishing high school online. It’s a time management challenge if you are cast well, the days are long when you combine PTP class with company rehearsals and it takes strong time management to train, plan meals, and finish academics. I can’t say enough good things about the program and for us independent living hasn’t been a problem. Some students have had issues with finishing classes or living independently but they’re the exception, most are doing well. Many students and dancers live in Lencshire and the ballet has a strong relationship with them so keeps some oversight. The Giant is nearby and so is a bank and a number of restaurants. It’s a lot of responsibility but has been worth it. firedragon8000, I don’t have any specifics on PTPB unfortunately but Donna is very open to questions. 

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