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  2. Girlmom

    Auditions: Dreadlocks....

    This has been an enlightening conversation although a bit discouraging. My 6 year old daughter has locs. She is in her third year of dancing and she absolutely loves it! I am typically able to get her hain in a nice neat bun for recitals. I just hate to think of her hair affecting her ability to have certain opportunities as she gets older if that is what she chooses to do. Her hair texture ia very thick and even when I would do ponytails really well it would frizz up by the end of a performance, so the locs work much better for maintenance with her anyways. Maybe I am making to big of a deal out of nothing. She has awhile to decide what she wants to do with he dancing and her hair.
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  4. epicurious1, I have 2 dancers and we have homeschooled so they both did dual enrollment through Belhaven and loved the instructors and classes. I have one competitive/commercial dancer (not a fit for Belhaven) and the other is a High School senior ballerina who is just going through the process of auditioning and deciding where she will go next year. Both of my girls know many dancers who are now or have been at Belhaven through summer intensives and all of those who are there truly love it. I definitely suggest you reach out to them at the school and I am sure you can get in touch with current students who would be glad to share their experience! As far as being a Catholic, because that is also a Christian worldview it should not do anything but reinforce your current beliefs. In that area of the south you should easily be able to find a church and mass very close by as well. Best of luck to you!
  5. Mommame

    Washington Ballet School

    Quick question are the ptpb classes held at the Joseph Coleman studios most nights? thanks!
  6. Mommame

    Washington Ballet School

    Hello My daughter was accepted to PTP but due to HS arrangement and graduation was unable to begin until January 2020. She was moving in with an overseas flat mate but as of today this has fallen through. We were wondering if anyone is interested or knows of anyone needing a flare mate for the second semester starting in January?She is 17 years old and we are working with Donna who has been wonderful but I thought I would post as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated as we are feeling a little stressed now that her flat mate has pulled out. Cheers.
  7. 100% Polar. I also think it's a red flag for anyone's current studio that if you or your DK says "no," that action results in any kind of backlash. This situation may sound odd to those who have never experienced such an environment, (and for those who trust their teachers/administration implicitly for training decisions), but "opportunities" may be detrimental to your DK's long term goals and health. When you are in such an environment, you must retain your strength as a parent to have the well being of your whole child at heart. It can be difficult to say "no" when the "opportunity" is pitched as a furthering of your DK's goals... especially when your DK BELIEVES that to be true.
  8. Bumping so I can stay current on this topic for my own "tall dancer". But, a question, also - and not sure if it's in the correct place here - but, how important is it to attend a school that is attached to/affiliated with/feeds into a dance company that loves tall dancers? For example, since I've heard Ballet West loves tall dancers, would attending Ballet West Academy make it more likely for DD to be hired into the company?
  9. ยท My daughter attends a ballet school attached to a professional company, so there are not any opportunities for the students to be involved in full length ballets where the students can be cast in all of the roles. In the productions the students are able to be in with the company dancers, i.e. Nutcracker, the rolls that are available are minimal, especially as the students get into the higher levels of the program - the roles for older dancers are usually reserved for company members, 2nd company members, or trainees. So, once past Clara age, there is no hope for an Academy student to be a Sugar Plum Fairy, or any other lead role for that matter. Is it important for dancers aged 14 through being accepted as trainees or hired by a company to receive more and more numbers of roles of greater length and difficulty in order to build stamina and experience for the numbers of performances they will need to be able to do when hired into a company? Or is focusing on strength and technique while in classes with very little in the way of stage time sufficient to prepare her? And, along those lines, is it important for students to be able build their repertoire of classical roles they have danced?
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  11. You know I have to add that a part of the recovery is your dancer (and possibly yourself) needs to learn that it is OK to say, no. I found that in the toxic studio saying no to anything was absolutely not done. Perform? Yes. Extra class? Yes? Master Class? Yes. Private lesson? Yes. No one said no to anything. Those who did suffered consequences. I'm finding it's taking both of us a long time to get used to not only considering yes or no, but not fearing repercussions for saying no.
  12. MattMan

    Ballet and Level =)

    Dang, its great to read everyone's recaps here. I too started late (10 months ago when i was 61). I too am absolutely HOOKED (more honestly, ADDICTED-- Ballet is the New Yoga- just wait 10 more years!) I too have dance class envy. I live in a small town 100 miles from anywhere, so class options are extremely limited. Presently my class consists of my instructor and "dancer 2." Dancer 2 has danced, off and on, for over sixty years! she's awesome. Sure wish there were more guys around!
  13. We know a Catholic family with a daughter at Belhaven who seems to be enjoying it. I will say that they are a pretty conservative family, and I don't know if that is why they sought it out.
  14. Not related to the dance program, but I know a Jewish girl who went there for university and seemed to have a good experience.
  15. Thank you NavigatingMom! Do you have a child who attends the university in dance? If so, do you know if they ever have any female transfers at the junior level? Also, is there any Catholic presence at all on campus (or if it is welcomed)? I can't find anything except about the required chapel service.
  16. dancemaven

    Queensland Ballet Academy

    Website: https://www.queenslandballet.com.au/academy/pre-professional-program
  17. I am excited about the latest news out of the Queensland Ballet Academy. They are on fire! The just completed a very successful Giving Day to raise money for the ambitious new Academy facilities. The associates program has been broadened to allow guests from outside of Brisbane. More and more students are applying to their holiday school after hearing positive reports from the past couple of years. QB has become a partner of Prix de Lausanne. It is great to see such a dynamic organisation promoting the Arts. I think it will also help the Australian Ballet School to up its game - seeing more competition emerging out there from Queensland and also NZ.
  18. This is the best topic I could find at the moment to respond to this question.๐Ÿ˜‰ NavigatingMom, Other schools: IU (got thru to a live audition, didn't get in - she also doesn't have much Balanchine training so that was not a surprise), Utah and Oklahoma. Her top two were Cincinnati and Oklahoma. She was offered academic and artistic scholarships from all of them, but the academic scholarship offers out weigh artistic BY FAR. Oklahoma edged out Cincinnati because the path to a double major was much clearer - and they gave her more money which helped to tip the scale. Utah has a nice program as well, but she felt that Cincinnati or Oklahoma would be a better fit for her.
  19. epicurious1, At Belhaven, all professors teach form a distinctly Christian worldview and all topics are covered with a Christian worldview in mind. If that is not your particular view, then it may be an issue but there is no distinct denomination on the campus. The professors and instructors have different backgrounds and attend different churches. Not sure if that is what you were looking for, but hope that helps! All the instructors that I have interacted with and my kids have had were absolutely amazing and my D's loved them!
  20. Please remember that these particular dedicated threads have a specific purpose: Research and sharing of information on the specified program. We set them up this way so that folks interested in the specific programs do not have to wade through collateral topics or overly personal sharing. If you want more general information, please use the General Discussion forum, either tagging onto an existing pertinent thread or starting one if no pertinent one already exists. Please also remember that it is BT4D Policy not to provide or request direct comparisons among programs. We provide the empirical information for each member to do their own comparisons. ๐Ÿ‘
  21. mom2

    Alicia Alonso passes

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  22. mom2

    Alicia Alonso passes

    From the Miami Herald. Alicia Alonso
  23. tprice, Thanks so much! If you donโ€™t mind, what were some of the things about the program that your D really liked? And do you know about dance scholarship opportunities? Any other tips for the process at UC CCM? Thanks in advance for any more info!
  24. Good to know. I worked in the North Carolina community college system for many years and those associates degree are wonderful to knock our their general ed if they go to a state school. My daughter is actually a STEAM kid. Loves math, dance, music art and science. Yes it would be great if they were more flexible but I wouldn't be too hopeful. These programs tend to be some of the more rigorous programs and the least flexible for many reasons but most likely because the very specific classes each student needs to take, when they are offered and that they are often prerequisites for the next class in the engineering curriculum. I'd love to hear what other schools she is considering if you don't mind. Always good to hear all the options if my daughter decides to go this route. Engineering is pretty broad so I hope she is also figuring out what type of engineering she will want to do or at least start with. I've worked with many engineering students over the years who unfortunately figured this out after they had taken a bunch of engineering courses toward a particular major as Freshman, Sophomores and even Juniors and found out things they could have easily known ahead of time and saved themselves a lot of pain and time. Keep us all posted. Would love to hear when your daughter lands and her experience.
  25. MattMan

    How old were you when you started?

    Good on you for getting back to the barre, Daniel. I think you will quickly make up for lost time. By the way, a four year break to do gymnastics and swimming seems like an advantage rather than a handicap. Thanks for chiming in. M
  26. By the way, I would definitely support my daughter if she wanted to be more sequential about these things and work on the dance first, through some kind of trainee program, and engineering later. But she is adamant about wanting to attempt both at once, and these dancing children of ours don't get where they are without a lot of determination.
  27. Thanks. I get that it's difficult and my daughter recognizes that it might take more than four years. It's interesting to know that there are other kids with the same combination of interests. It might be something schools should think about accommodating. In fact, the dean of engineering at a nearby university said to me in the past few months that he thought engineering programs did themselves a big disservice by being so rigid in their requirements, so maybe increased flexibility will be something that will increasingly be a feature of these programs. We have not yet discussed this with the dance people at South Carolina, but she has corresponded with the engineering people, and they have been encouraging. UNC Charlotte is also required by law to take all her community college classes, so it is staying on her list, because the community college program is basically designed in conjunction with the state schools to replace the first two years of their engineering program. A third potential route that my daughter is applying for, and for your daughter to consider, is 3-2 programs. It seems as though a kid with a lot of college credits to begin with should be able to complete the two degrees in five years.
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