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dancingjet   
dancingjet

I wonder if she meant overtly Christian. Some schools have names that speak to their heritage but in practice, don't seem like a religious institution. TCU comes to mind. I don't think of the Christian aspect at TCU being the same as that at Friends. It isn't a dealbreaker for my DD, but it's hard to know how she'd fit in (without spending some time there). She would be uncomfortable at a school that required chapel attendance, for example, or any religious classes that were anything other than a historical/sociological study of religion. DD wonders if she could be openly not Christian without judgment there. It's possible; it's just hard to know something like that ahead of time. Her concern is more along those lines. She has great friends who are Christian who accept her as she is. It's the unknown of going to an actual Christian school that keeps this school from being higher on her list for consideration.

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ddegaray   
ddegaray

We are not a religious family and my DD would have been out of place at Friends, workingforshoes.  While TCU stated that the "C" is as big or small as you want it to be as you want it to be.  I do feel that Friends University is highly overlooked as a ballet program even though it was not right for our family.

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diana13   
diana13
17 hours ago, ddegaray said:

While TCU stated that the "C" is as big or small as you want it to be as you want it to be.

I liked that comment from TCU. I was very impressed with their dance program and their university.  I liked how TCU concentrates on undergrads and was a good medium size school.  I liked it a lot more than my daughter for some reason and though accepted, she turned them down. 

I think it is very important is to not choose a college solely on its dance program.  Each of the numerous schools we toured or auditioned, we always met or saw a dancer "out" on injury, whether temporary, or one that no longer danced. You are still attending to earn a degree, so think about what options you have.  Last place we met a student who worked in the dance dept, but left dance after her first year.  She explained, she still loved it, but decided not to major in it any longer.  She became interested in the administration side of dance, arts and non profits.  She kept close with the dace dept and students by working in the office.  She was also fortunate it was an easy transition as there were other majors than dance in the school.  This was not a deciding factor, but we did like when the dance major was in an academic school like arts and sciences, making it easier for double majors, and I guess for this type of situation.

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cmalltheway   
cmalltheway

Thank you for all the parents who commented on this thread. We have a high school senior who has been trained in competitive tap (10 yrs) and classical ballet (5 yrs, incl SIs & YAGP) who wants to become an architect. After our initial college visits, he decided to major in dance and minor in architecture/design with the hope of receiving scholarships to pay for undergraduate and develop a design portfolio for grad school.

I'd love to know how many & which colleges did your dancers apply and how many/which auditions they attended. Of course your impression of the various programs and range/kind of packages that were offered by schools would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance! 

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dancemaven   
dancemaven

Cmalltheway, we do encourage our members to share their audition experiences and impressions of the programs they visit on the dedicated college/university threads.  That makes it much easier for folks to research the various programs they are interested in. 

We also have a "signing" thread for college decisions. :)   We do not encourage a posting of lists of a number of various college acceptances----just the ultimate decision.  

We do have discussions regarding how many colleges folks actually apply and research.  It can vary depending on each individual's schedule, what each dancer is looking for in a college, and other elements that go into their personal decisions. Those discussions are always varied and interesting. :)

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cmalltheway   
cmalltheway

thank you, dancemaven! Still new at this message board. thank you for your help!

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ddegaray   
ddegaray

cmalltheway, Count on the most scholarship money coming from academics.  The dance departments have less to give.  That being said you have a male dancer so things work different for him.  Not naming any schools, I have heard top dance scholarships in the 4K - 10K per year range for privates schools, less for state schools.  My DD auditioned for 6 programs that ranged in program quality.  Auditioning for a state school with a not so great dance program was eye opening for my DD and well worth the 1.5 hour trip.  It really helped her to decide how bad she wanted to dance in college.  In this case she decided that if she did not get into a certain level of dance school she would study something else instead.

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cmalltheway   
cmalltheway

Thank you, ddegaray! DS definitely has kept up with academics, honors/APs & SAT/ACT. Having some ball park figure helps greatly. Being classically trained yet loves tap, it's challenging to find a program that will give him room to dance while explore his potential future career in design. Just by browsing this thread, I've seen some schools we had not considered in the past. What a great resource this is! 

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Lady Elle   
Lady Elle

Cmalltheway - your son sounds a lot like my dd who, while not competitive tapper, is a big tapper and ballet dancer.  She is also interested in architecture!  She has told me she would never want to marry a dancer, but maybe an architect!

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cmalltheway   
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Lady Elle, Love it! The trick is finding a college with strong dance AND architecture program that offers tap!

Since this is a thread about auditions, one question we have is which solo would he bring for auditions and/or submit to get him noticed: tap which he loves but few understand or contemporary ballet or classical ballet?

 

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dancingjet   
dancingjet

DD is looking at three auditions this fall, with two more in the spring if not accepted at any of her first three choices. After those 5, she sort of has 2 or 3 plan C schools in mind where she hopes to keep dancing but assumes the level will not be as high as the audition-based schools. I really hope one of the first three works out for her so that she can be done with auditions this semester! That is, college auditions...there's still the SI auditions with trainee dreams...and videos to make... ugh.

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ddegaray   
ddegaray

dancingjet, that sounds like a solid plan to me!

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