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lizzyhults1

feeling overwhelmed -sure I'm not alone

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lizzyhults1

Our DD is entering her senior year and we are starting the process for applications for conservatories and university dance programs. DD has her list of schools she is interested in so that helps but it is still overwhelming. With college tours then application deadlines before or in conjunction with the application to the dance programs, videos required and the prospect of live auditions. While completing high school and keeping up with dance training. Many programs she is most interested in take 10% or less of applicants. I am getting advice left and right from parents with kids going off to college but they do not understand the whole dance process. 

I am not complaining, just wanted to express that i am sure others are feeling this way. We are taking things one step at a time and making a plan of action. 

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dancingjet

I am right there with you. :3dnod:

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ddegaray

Went through all this last year.  My best advice is to get all university apps in in the next couple weeks.  This takes one thing off the plate and the early apps get early responses. had some 24 hours later (for academics, dance departments will have to wait until audition)!  Try and do auditions in the fall, because you may not get in first go round and be offered a second audition in spring.  Having at least one yes before xmas is a godsend for both students and the parents!  Also, realize that this process is important and if you miss a Nutcracker rehearsal, you miss one.  Don't let studio pressure force you into sabotaging your child's future.  I took a lot of red eye flights the night before audition and early morning outs to get back for home studio rehearsals.  Fly Southwest if you can.  Free bags and no fees to change flights.  Hope this helps.

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lizzyhults1

This is great advise! The essays and SAT's are whats going to take the longest. (She is retaking SAT's later in august. Took them last the weekend of the ballet recital)  And getting teacher, both dance and academic, letters of recommendations. We are not finding many fall auditions. Some schedules are not even out yet. 

I will look into southwest air. I am not sure if that is an option. We usually fly Alaska because my husband has status so i am not sure what is offered where we are. The cost of traveling to all these alone is overwhelming. We did a few tours but decided most will have to wait for the audiiton times. 

Is it ok to ask what your DD applied to? (maybe private message?)

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Lady Elle

We're there with you as well.  Completed one yesterday and have already auditioned for one in July.  She was waitlisted with the opportunity to audition again in January.  She was pretty confident and is a little confused with the audition.  The application, essays, $$, $$, $$ is for sure overwhelming!  She has another audition mid-September but will need to get her audition videos completed ASAP!  

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tutumama

Hi everyone! Mom of a rising senior here, too. One last ACT in September. (last ACT taken morning of end of year showcase after a late night rehearsal) Just sending out request for academic references. Solo is complete and will be run and taped in early October. Photos done. Resume done. Essays not done! Was Hoping to get a few applications done, but we are leaving today for a 2 week vacation. I think her list is complete, though she is tossing around one last addition. It's a plane ride though, so not an easy add.

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DanceMumNYC

My advice to future parents of seniors is to start early. If you can, try to do tours and have the SAT taken during junior year. See when auditions are typically held and jot them down so the following year you'll be prepared. That way, essays and auditions are left for the summer and fall of senior year. I know it's easier said than done, but this really helps with time management & reducing stress during the college application process. For those with rising seniors, I wish you all the best & can't wait to hear where your kids will be attending! Please continue sharing your experiences! 

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Eligus

If your dance studio is a member of the "regional dance of America" program, I would recommend taking the time to attend their national or regional festivals.  There were a large number of college reps at the national festival last year in Arizona.  It is one way to be in front of a bunch of different university/college people for more than a short audition class.

 

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lizzyhults1

Eligus, I wish this was a possibility. I have heard amazing things about RDA. Unfortunately the last time her ballet studio went was the year before she switched there at 11 years old. 

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