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  2. GingerMama

    Nutcracker 2019

    How exciting Balletmom676! It’s so wonderful to hear how happy she is! Thanks for sharing your Nutcracker joy!
  3. GingerMama

    Value of SI for younger dancers?

    I love these stories! Thank you Phx115 and Raising Ballerina! It’s so helpful to hear from people who have already been through it!
  4. balletmom676

    Nutcracker 2019

    So, my daughter(12) was cast as Clara! It is not a pointe role in this version of the Nutcracker, but there is a ton of dancing (all very quick/fast) for Clara. She will be featured as a soloist in Candy Canes, Polichinelles, and opening of Act 2. She was not expecting to be cast as Clara at all, so it was a very pleasant surprise. She's already pretty tall so she thought this year would be her only chance, and the director had mentioned over the summer that she had someone in mind for the role. Being our first year in this company, we just assumed it would be someone else. She does share the role with another dancer (four shows...they each get 2). But bc my daughter is in the company program she gets to do the two early "Act 2 " only shows. The first one is next week! Anyway, just wanted to share our Nutcracker joy! My kid is over the moon happy and savoring every moment!
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  6. Bumping to see if anyone has updated information about this program.
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  8. Thank-you tprice. We were trying to understand how it compares with where DD is currently, which is a HS/College program which has three levels. I take it by their senior year there are a lot more students in level 4.
  9. dancemaven

    Harper

    Tell us how old you are, how long you have been studying ballet, what your goals are, for example. 😉
  10. dancemaven

    Harper

    You may need to Search in the SI General Discussion forum for the two week program, as those are not included in the SI Forum with the dedicated program threads.
  11. Just an FYI, Walnut Hill is drastically changing their dance program. Starting next year it will be Boston Ballet Professional Division at Walnut Hill. You should inquire further with the school about details on what the year round program will look like starting in the Fall of 2020.
  12. Harper

    Harper

    How do I introduce myself ?
  13. Redbookish

    Harper

    Welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers, Harper. We're glad you found us. You can use the Welcome form to tell us a little bit about your level of training, your goals and your challenges. You'll find some useful information about how the Board works in the various "Sticky" posts, and you can connect with other dancers in the forums dedicated to dancers of different age groups.
  14. Redbookish

    Harper

    Welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers, Harper. We're glad you found us. Can you take some time to read about the practices of this message board, so we can help you. We like to keep information organised so members can find first-hand experience and information easily. So you'll find several threads on the CYPB SI in the SI Forum, which is organised in alphabetical order. There's a lot of first-hand experience and information on CPYB on Ballet Talk for Dancers, so find that thread to start with, or use the search function to pull up threads which will help you.
  15. Harper

    Harper

    Thoughts on CYPB 2 weeks intensive?
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  18. bbyblmrs There are 2 levels for ballet majors: 3 & 4. Level 3 is split into 2 levels - so really there are 3 levels, in my honest opinion. Freshmen are placed in the lower level 3. They'll be evaluated over the first week when they arrive in the fall. This year, 3 of the 23 freshmen were moved to the second level 3. Only 3 were able to move because of scheduling issues. Very few girls are in level 4. I wouldn't worry about the leveling at OU - all of the girls are amazing dancers or they wouldn't be there.
  19. RaisingBallerina

    Value of SI for younger dancers?

    We have a funny anecdote... my DD was hell-bent on doing a dance intensive at age 9. We had never even known anyone to do this, but she was super passionate and just couldn't get enough ballet. I didn't even know about the big "young dancer" programs so we were way past the deadlines, but we did find a one week half-day intensive with a local company and signed her up. She was the ONLY child who wasn't in their year-round school, but she didn't care. Although she had fun, she didn't like the main ballet teacher for various reasons. Fast forward - she ended up moving over to that teacher full time years later and is sure he is the best thing since sliced bread. I seriously wonder if she would have made the move sooner if that first "intensive" hadn't turned her off!!! That week of training made zero difference in her progress, and the overall experience may have actually set her back... On another note, I think she might have benefitted from a (shorter- not 5-week) intensive at 12, a year before her actual first intensive at 13. In hindsight that seems like when she was ready. But hindsight is just a easily wrong as right...
  20. Royal Ballet School is once again offering stateside auditions for their year round programs: https://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/train/apply/international-auditions/ Good luck to all who audition!
  21. Danicole07

    Boston Ballet School

    meatball77, I agree with your comments. The BBS website has been updated and it looks like there will not be any summer audition during the SI. I’m sure they may highly suggest some dancers apply at WH based on their SI experience. Returning WH and BBS deadline to enroll is 12/15 with acceptance going out late Feb-Early March. If new families are interested I suggest inquiry now. I loved the campus and the BBS teachers are great. My daughter has been very happy and has improved tremendously.
  22. meatball77

    Boston Ballet School

    Because dance is the only art form where starting a career younger is preferable. Musicians and artists need time to mature and receive college (and graduate) level training. Even if they are strong enough to get a gallery showing or a position in an orchestra they would still be encouraged to complete college. While dancers are putting off their small number of employable years. This program sounds perfect, Walnut Hill has beautiful facilities and combined with Boston Ballet instruction it sounds like there will be a benefit for both programs (more performances I'd guess than the BB dancers currently get and real academics at a program where they understand dancer schedules). However, its success will be based on the ability to attract very talented dancers. I do wonder if they are holding slots from the BB SDP. There has always been an audition at the end of the summer program and I'd be interested if they are planning on pulling some of those kids. I would assume they will be moving their trainee program to be HS grads (which is pretty typical).
  23. vrsfanatic

    can anyone help me?

    hannahballet 1st may I welcome you to Ballet Talk for Dancers. Please introduce yourself in the Welcome Forum. No need to tell us more than how long you have been studying ballet and what your goals are in ballet. As for your question, please be kind to yourself. Self esteem is a major part of success. Have you discussed your concerns with your teacher or perhaps an adult who knows you and a bit more than you about ballet? I am a teacher of ballet students of your age group. From experience, I can tell you that often teenagers see themselves in a lesser light than others view them. Your desire for instant success cannot be achieved in ballet. It is a very long term commitment. There will always be something to improve, something that will remain a challenge and greater things to achieve. Focus strongly on the corrections that are given in class. Often students have their own agenda rather than understand that a teacher is giving them skills to be achieved masqueraded as exercises. Learn the skills not the steps. Learning musicality is the conductor of technique is most important. Without musicality, there is no ballet. Breath and love yourself 1st, then you can make room for other things to love such as ballet.
  24. DD received an acceptance letter into the ballet program this morning. Still waiting to hear about her general application. Am I correct in thinking that there are four main levels at OU with some additional half steps?
  25. hannahballet

    can anyone help me?

    My name is Hannah and I’m 14 years old. I am really lacking self confidence at the moment. I am very tall and very skinny. I look really awkward and lanky when I dance. I just look pathetic when I do anything and I’m trying my hardest to be even slightly good at dancing but I’m not flexible, or strong, I can’t do any of the other tricks the girls can do and I look stupid dancing. My teacher shouted at me yesterday and said she thought I was injured because of the way I dance. I don’t want to quit I just want to get better but it seems that no matter how hard I try I still look lanky, awkward, pathetic and an all round bad dancer. Can someone help me?
  26. silvergreydancer

    Dance belts

    The Dance Jox belts are very good. Although if you have any fat and I mean any fat, they push it up to your waist. There is a guy that sells on Ebay. He make great belts and would probably custom one. Look for G-wiz designs.
  27. dancemaven

    Men doing pointe

    MattMan, just a reminder to please use proper capitalization and to properly spell words (no text speak, slang or lazy spelling) as per BT4D Rules and Policies. We have members from all over the globe and for many English is not their first language. It is hard enough for folks to read proper English without having to deal with slang spellings or lack of proper capitalization (“I” , not “i”). We do request all our members use their best English, including proper grammar, capitalization, actual words, and punctuation. Thank you.
  28. MattMan

    Men doing pointe

    I agree with Coleman... ... ... It was intimidating for me to start ballet and nerve up to go to my first class, but I soon found the most important this is the get started and DANCE! So, starting out I would encourage you to get dancing at the studio that (all other things being equal) is most accessible. Your chance to begin point is probab;u at least 2 years down the road, so I would not let that factor alone steer you away from a studio that would otherwise work well for your schedule, budget, accessibility, etc.
  29. MattMan

    Dance belts

    The DanceJox I bought a year ago shows no wear yet. Very well made. I have a rotation of maybe 5 Dance Jox belts so I don't have to do laundry every day. I wear them to Pilates 3x a week and to my adult ballet 3-4 times a week. I almost wish my oldest Dance Jox would wear out so I could buy a new one, but I really cannot tell the difference between the first one I bought over a year ago (2018) and the one I bought just a few months back (2019). I also have Wear moi and another model. They are both a year old (bought in 2018) and both show wear and are almost ready for retirement. Cheers. M
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