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2016/17 2nd Company Congrats (when a Bridge) or Unpaid Apprentice Posi

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Momof3darlings   
Momof3darlings

The time is here! We want to celebrate, congratulate and share in the joy of our parents, dancers and even teachers who have students reaching the goals of one of the following: 2nd company (Bridge program), Unpaid Apprentice

The purpose of this thread is to congratulate those who have accepted a position at a Bridge 2nd Company or Company (not school) affiliated 2nd company, Apprentice or Corp with a professional company.

We ask that our auditionees wait to share until they have made a FINAL decision where they are going. We do not want this thread to become a string of acceptances when you do not plan to sign the contract. We want to celebrate your transition into the professional world and that includes your decision on an actual offer to take. Teachers, please have permission of your parent/dancer to post.

In prior years, this thread has not only been used to celebrate, but also to track, confirm and debunk some of the "beliefs" out there about who and how contracts are received. So we do ask that you share a bit about your journey without too many specifics. This helps our younger members see the wide variety of training, acceptances, etc. that come from our membership. We understand that we are but a very small segment of the ballet world here at BTFD, but over time, we've learned that we can see trends within our membership.

Feel free to either write the information in paragraph form or use the guideline we've developed over time.

So as coined by one of our members, Let the "Contractuballetions" begin:

(Sample form)
Gender:
Main/Most recent training
: (ex. small local school, small company affiliated school, residency, etc. Do not list the program unless you want to)
Level of school completed: high school grad, partial college, college grad
Audition method: SI audition, Company Class, Cattle Call, Video, YAGP, etc.
Position granted: Secured Trainee position as school, Trainee as company, Apprentice with pay or without, Corp, Soloist, etc.
Position process/progress: promoted from Trainee, promoted from Apprentice, from "outside", 2nd year in same position, etc.
If 2nd company is there pay: per performance, weekly stipend, etc.
Location of company: US, Canada, Europe, etc., not the actual city or company itself unless you'd like to share
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? Yes/No, explain if necessary

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey?

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wannabe   
wannabe

Gender: Female

Main/Most recent training: Trainee at large company/school

Level of school completed: High school grad

Audition method: Company class

Position granted: Second company (bridge) with pay

Position process/progress: International trainee, trainee at large US company/school, Second company (Bridge) at large US company

If 2nd company is there pay: Yes- stipend, lodging for out of town travel and meals when travelling

Location of company: US

Was this contract offered at competition or because of competition attendance? No

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey: This from the perspective of parent of DD. Get the best training you can. Audition everywhere you can- but do your research and know where you would be a good fit. Be prepared to accept an offer even if you have not heard back from all your options. And of course, read and learn from this board :)

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Fraildove   
Fraildove

Are teachers allowed to post here?

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Victoria Leigh   
Victoria Leigh

Yes. :)

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Mobadt   
Mobadt

Gender: Female

Main/Most recent training: small local school, 1 year at high school program, then trainee program at 2 different school affiliated medium sized companies, currently at one on full scholarship

Level of school completed: high school grad
Audition method: Video audition
Position granted: Second company contract with small weekly stipend and shoes
Position process/progress: offered through view of video audition/not with the program currently attending
Location of company: small US company
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey? Believe in yourself as a dancer. Always show your strengths and do your best. It can take a longer time to get where you want to go, but never be afraid to lean on your support group to get through. Not sure how else one can get through without it! (including here!) And Moms - do try and enjoy the moment. These dancers work harder and longer for so little for a very long time. Celebrate their achievements with them and honor them. :clapping::clapping:

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dcns   
dcns

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for the encouraging words. Mobadt your words ring very true for us at this time.

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Suzie1   
Suzie1

Congratulations wannabe and Mobadt!

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Fraildove   
Fraildove

Gender: Male

 

Main/Most recent training: 7 years small local school, 1 year at large,company school, One year is small PTP within a large, company school

Level of school completed: high school grad

Audition method: SI/Company audition

Position granted: Second company contract at large company with pay

Position process/progress: offered through audition - not current company

Location of company: New England

Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? Indirectly. The first time the 2nd company director saw him was at YAGP and he was offered a full scholarship to train at the 2ndCO dorector's then SI Program. He did not attend full year but from then on this director has kept a keen interest, checking in every so often with is to find out about is progress.

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey? Late bloomers can really surprise you. This young man started with a lot of poor quality training on the competition circuit. He started taking ballet and was resistant at first to any corrections or anything other than compliments. Slowly he started working, gained some strength, grew a whole lot, and still had the incredible facility he came to us with and was not ready to start really using it. His last year of high school we encouraged him he needed to be around a company so that he could see, day to day, the company working. He attended a company school, gaining lots of strength and gettin out from his not so helpful families. He graduated and found a better fit for him in a PCP program watching an entire new style of rep. We are both incredibly proud of what he has accomplished given some major family issues, his lack of upper body strength (amazing flexibility though) and just finding his place. We are always proud when a dancer achieves high standards and goes on and is getting their first paid job at a company this wonderful. They nurture their dancers but also give them opportunity if they are ready. It should be an interesting to see how far he will fly.

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Coco   
Coco

Congrats to everyone! It's great to hear about dancers progressing and through different paths.

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Immashel   
Immashel

Congratulations to everyone. My DS is in his first year of dancing professionally ( in a company here in our own country) and has been doing auditions for European companies. It is NOT easy and I agree with Modbat that it can take a longer time than we first thought! They need to be tough and to believe in themselves.

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nymom   
nymom

Gender: Male

Main/Most Recent Training: 10 years at large, 3-letter company-affiliated school, 1 year at another large/medium sized company affiliated school

Level of school completed: will be finishing HS next year

Audition Method: 2nd Company/SI Audition

Position Granted: 2nd Company at regional/US company

If 2nd company, is there pay: Yes, pay per performance.

Position Process/Progress: Offered on the spot at audition

Location of Company: Southeastern US

Was this contract offered at Competition or because of Competition: No

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey? Be aware of your strengths (and believe it when many 'in the know' acknowledge there's talent there) and always work on your weaknesses. Believe in yourself. Persevere. Do not take the words of one, or a few, even in positions of 'power' as the gospel. One person's opinion is exactly that, one person's opinion. Keep striving to improve. Develop a thick skin. If the talent is truly there, chances are an AD somewhere will see it. Make the most of your gifts and take opportunities when they come.

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NYCMOM   
NYCMOM

Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training: 11 years at small, well-established pre-professional program; 2 years trainee at large company-affiliated school
Level of school completed: High school grad
Audition method: Company class audition
Position granted: Company trainee (there is no 2nd company)
If 2nd company is there pay: No salary but company provides shoes and some other perks
Location of company: Southeastern US
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey? Try not to become discouraged during the audition process. Some dancers get offers very early on, but most go through many, many auditions before an offer comes in. Seek out help from mentors and teachers who might be able to help with introductions and recommendations to companies where they have contacts. Seek advice from those same people as to what companies might be a good fit for you, and do your own research as well. Follow up promptly after auditions - particularly those where you've been invited for company class, but even after an open audition, if you have a strong interest in the company and have done well at the audition (i.e., been kept til the end following cuts, or have been spoken to at the end) - to say thank you and express your enthusiasm for the company. Finally, read and learn from BT4D!!

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learning.a.lot   
learning.a.lot

Congratulations to your lovely dd NYCMOM! And congratulations all! Such wonderful news!!

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ballet.bunny   
ballet.bunny

Congratulations to all!!

Also very excited to be sharing my own news:

 

Gender: Female

Main/Most recent training: local ballet studio, then spent last 2 years of high school at a company-affiliated residency program; just finished 1 year in a trainee program

Level of school completed: high school grad

Audition method: Was already a trainee with this company, and was offered a promotion in my semester evaluation meeting

Position granted: Company Apprentice (unpaid)

Position process/progress: promoted from Trainee

If 2nd company is there pay: n/a

Location of company: US

Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey? Persevere, don't give up hope, and keep an open mind. Just because it isn't ideal doesn't mean that you can't grow and learn a lot! Keep working hard, because you never stop learning, growing, and improving. Keep reaching for your goals! Ballet is hard, but try to find that joy in your dancing, even when things are rough. Also, obsessing over perfection can be crippling...let it go!

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Momof3darlings   
Momof3darlings

A big heartfelt Congrats to everyone who has received their grand news so far! I know dancer and parents are both proud and relieved.

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