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

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NYCMOM   
NYCMOM

Congratulations to your son, slhogan!

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rosetwirl   
rosetwirl

So happy for your son, slhogan! :clapping:

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MelissaGA   
MelissaGA

That's wonderful news! Congratulations!

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L_One   
L_One

Congrats to both you and your son slhogan!

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cat11   
cat11

A huge congratulations and many best wishes!

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Boydancermom   
Boydancermom

Congrats! I've loved watching his journey. So happy to hear about the next step.

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mykidsmom   
mykidsmom

Congrats to your DS, slhogan! So exciting!

 

Would you mind sharing if he auditioned for the summer program or a company audition? In person or video?

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slhogan   
slhogan

My son (age 18) was offered a Studio Company contract with the Washington Ballet. We are very excited for him!

 

Gender: Male

Main/Most recent training: Local School (through 9th grade), Houston Ballet's Professional Division (10th, 11th grade), Harid Conservatory (12th grade)

Level of school completed: He'll graduate from High School this May

 

Audition method: He submitted an audition video and asked to be considered for the Studio Company. About a week later, they replied and asked him to come take company class for a couple of days. At the end of the two days, he was offered a contract for the following fall.

 

Position granted: Studio Company

If 2nd company is there pay: The contract lists a stipend of $250/week for a contract period of 36 weeks. He receives free shoes and dance belts and is allowed 6 paid sick days. This is not a union contract and there are no insurance benefits.

 

Location of company: Washington Ballet (Washington DC)

 

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? As your child looks for contract opportunities post high school, treat it the way you would treat a high school senior applying to college. Allow them to take the lead of course, but as a parent don't be afraid to be right there behind them to help them research companies, organize their photos/resume/video, compose emails, and keep up with all the due dates and travel arrangements (this entire process felt extremely similar as to when I helped his older sibling apply to colleges). He also needed coaching to be bold and confident and to put himself out there when emailing companies and making his desires known.

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fun en face   
fun en face

Congratulations slhogan!!

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djeowmom   
djeowmom

Congratulations slhogan to you and your DS!

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dcns   
dcns

Congratulations! Wonderful news!

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Toitoi43   
Toitoi43

Congratulations!

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slhogan   
slhogan

Thanks for the congrats! It's been an adventure, and he still has a long road ahead to being a full-fledged, salaried professional dancer. But, it's a relief to see he is so far still on track for a ballet career. I know a lot of you have dancing sons and daughters at this same stage of the game, so Merde! to all :)

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Momof3darlings   
Momof3darlings

Congratulations slhogan to you and your son!

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diane   
diane

Excellent! Good for you and your son! Many congratulations and may his journey continue to inspire him and make him happy!

 

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