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  2. nynydancer

    SI Acceptance & Rejection

    I can say my DS loved Ellison. There were 12 year olds and they had a blast. My DS went at a very immature 14 and slightly more mature 15. He did it two years in a row and made life long friends. He did the Jr class and the Sr class and both years were amazing. But honestly any program with a lot of boys is great. Any time you have specialized boy classes and a group of boys who can hang out outside of class and cheer each other on IN class, is just magical. That's one thing I really loved observing boy classes at Ellison was that they were really helping each other be successful, but honestly I see that other places too. Boy dancers seem to be pretty supportive of each other and especially if your DS doesn't have a lot of boys around him year round, it is great to go. Also agree with Mln to not read too much into scholarships. I remember our first year audition, DS did not get a scholarship to HBA and some well meaning girl dancer dad said "awww better luck next time", as if the assumption is boys always DO get scholarships. In our family we do actually follow the money, I won't lie, but it's also based on the feeling of the audition class. For example my DS flipped for Mr Ellison in his first audition class with him and scholarship or not, that was where he wanted to go.
  3. dancemaven

    Charlotte Ballet--Trainees

    Please remember to use full words per BT4D Rules and Policies. We have many members for whom English is not their first language, so we require everyone follow standard spelling, grammar, and punctuation to make it as easy as possible for all our members to read our discussions.
  4. I appreciate your candid response. Safety is very important to my daughter, and us. It’s easy to “assume” that a place is safe bc of the upscale appearance. I haven’t searched crime stats yet, but we will be digging deep. Again, thx. for the info.
  5. dancemaven

    SI Acceptance & Rejection

    Oops! Someone other than a Parent of Boy wandered into the restricted Forum, and a post was removed.
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  7. We researched Sky House when considering Charlotte for this coming year - there is a lot of feedback on the Google reviews that the management rents out vacant apartments on AirBnB and there have been some recent concerns with an uptick in crime including a murder in the building. I know that can happen anywhere but the transient nature of multiple units being used as AirBnBs seems to be a concern of some of the residents.
  8. Someone just messaged me with the name of the apartment building across the street from Charlotte Ballet.- where a number of dancers from CB school and CB company reside. . The website is quite upscale, though. https://skyhouseuptown.com/floorplans/c1/ . The three bedroom with 3 roomates starts at 700 pp for rent plus some utilities? the 1 bedroom can be shared but is from 750 pp......From what I've been told, this is literally across the street from the studio. Rent can be very high for the larger apartments with more square footage. I'm assuming these dancers are living on a budget- but it's still higher rent than I would expect in Charlotte. But perhaps they feel safe- and want to be across the street from the studio.
  9. That’s terrific! Maybe some dancers or parents can comment on the public transportation and best communities in close proximity to the studios? Several of the summer intensive families stayed near us in the Dilworth area- which was a very safe, mostly walkable area, and close to downtown. But there were lots of other close townships that I’d like to research. When we stayed in Charlotte in 2014- the Downtown area was a very professional busy weekday community- and not so residential. But I recently read that there has been a shift- people moving back to the downtown area? I think they have built more green spaces and walking/bike trails in the downtown area, too. Let’s definitely plan to communicate more... and our daughters can chat, too. My dd loves cities as well, but feels very comfortable with the atmosphere of Charlotte. Like your dd, it will be her first time living away from home. (Although she has a car, it’s a 2002 model and we would love for her to walk more and drive less). Charlotte has the downtown professional city area that is growing...with lots of adjacent communities ( like Dilworth) in close proximity. Then... there are far outlining suburbs which are in my opinion , too far, needing to take interstate for long treks. I’m talking to the staff at CB this week about the recommended apartments and adjacent communities, etc. Hopefully I’ll get a head start on things- as I’m becoming a grandmother again soon. My daughter is certainly willing to let her room mates tag along for errands if needed- and ride to class. (However, I understand that your dd will realistically need public transportation to have her independence). My dd will need it as well when her car breaks down- because it’s bound to happen at some point.
  10. sscrosby

    Charlotte Ballet--Trainees

    Can you or anyone else comment on public transportation options in the area? My daughter has yet to get her license and, even if we could pull that together, we really wouldn't want to add the expense of getting her a car, gas, and insurance. She's very comfortable with public transport of any sort. A small city is actually exactly what she's looking for... she loves the city. Even New York City. But the intimacy of a smaller city feels better for her just starting out on her own. I know if at all possible she would like to live smack dab in the middle of it all. Other than that though... 19, obsessed with everything dance, enjoys culinary arts (specifically baking), cats, fun with friends but in need of quiet time too? You just described my daughter:)
  11. My daughter auditioned for high school program yesterday. There were are 10 ballet and 20 contemporary dancers in the high school audition. Mr. Myers said hard no’s for in-state would go out earlier than other results. All in state results will be held until after all auditions and video submissions which are due March 1st. Out of state results will be much sooner. There are an increased number of incoming juniors auditioning this year as compared to years past. Just an interesting statistic he mentioned.
  12. dancemaven

    Ballet schools in Sydney, Australia

    Lily, here is a link to the Board Index page: https://dancers.invisionzone.com You can always find it up at the top of any page. It is “Home” on the far left edge just below the listings of ‘buttons’. The Forum you are looking for that has dedicated threads for year-round pre-professional and residential schools is: https://dancers.invisionzone.com/forum/147-pre-professional-schoolsresidence-programs/ It is arranged alphabetically by program.
  13. Inquisitve, Hi! Did you go to Columbia? What has your experience been? cclw, did your daughter attend Columbia or Barnard? Would love to hear about experiences there. My DD is considering them. Thanks so much!
  14. Just a question, Dancemaven. I am trying to look for threads of full time training, haven't found any yet, was wondering if you would know where I could find them? Thanks
  15. dancemaven

    Ballet schools in Sydney, Australia

    It’s okay, lily. You will get it figured out. 👍
  16. My dd attended an audition and open house in November of this year. She loved the visit and the program. The open house was a great addition to the audition experience because we really got to get a full picture of the program. The attendees were invited to participate in modern class with all of the freshman (around 15-20). There were tours and a meet-and-greet with the current students and a panel with students/faculty, as well as class observation. We attended their fall dance concert and it was really impressive--technically strong and varied/interesting. The department has a really large faculty, I think 12 full-time professors, and about 70-80 undergrads plus about 10 graduate students. The audition consisted of a simple ballet class, modern class, improv, showing of a solo, and an interview. My dd especially loved the interview because it felt more like a conversation than an interview. They talked a lot about her choreography work and the solo she presented. They talk quite a bit about helping dancers graduate debt-free, and in fact my daughter received quite a generous dance scholarship. As an out-of-state student, the school is quite expensive, but this does help. There is also a choreography scholarship that incoming students can compete for. Compared to some programs, Illinois does have fewer technique classes for BFA students: ballet is 2x/week and Modern 3x/week plus electives (they have African and Hip Hop and Tap and Jazz I think). Overall a great fit for thinking dancers interested in creative work. A very welcoming dance community. My dd will not be likely to attend here because of distance and cost and because she wants a program with more intensity in technique classes. But she loved it and already is thinking it's a place she would want to go get an MFA when she's ready!
  17. My dd auditioned at Adelphi this January. Adelphi does its auditions differently from other schools we have been to. They do not have audition days per se--you make an appointment for your audition and take class with their students and then show a solo. One thing that seemed strange was that they had them take the most advanced level class in both ballet and modern. Our impression was that this was in order to sell the program by showing off the skill level of their most advanced dancers. But my dd found that the modern class in particular was difficult enough that she was just trying to keep up, and couldn't really watch the other dancers OR dance her best OR even evaluate if she actually liked the class. She did find the classes challenging, she liked the teachers, and said that the dancers were very good. It's a relatively small program, and the advanced classes were small. The students she met were friendly. My dd has mostly been auditioning at programs that emphasize modern dance, so if students take ballet it is really in the service of supporting their modern dance training rather than for ballet itself. She said that Adelphi was one of the few schools where it felt like the ballet class was full of ballerinas rather than modern dancers. (Take that as you will.) It sounds like a program that will help you tailor the curriculum somewhat to your personal interests. Garden City is a cute looking town and it seems like a great set-up to be in a suburban setting in which it's really easy to get into NYC. One thing that felt a bit "off" to us was that they really seemed to be trying to sell the program, to the extent of badmouthing some other programs and comparing themselves favorably to or "in competition" with top programs like NYU and Fordham/Ailey. Probably won't be a top choice for my dd, but it seems like a strong program, and particularly a good fit for someone wanting a good balance of both classical ballet and modern.
  18. Oh sorry, sincerely apologise. Very new here
  19. Just returned from UNCSA undergraduate ballet audition. Interestingly, they combined undergraduate ballet and contemporary dancers in one audition as follows: a ballet class given (to all) by Dayna Fox, then a contemporary class was given to all, then the contemporary dancers took a break and the ballet dancers (9 or so) did a short pointe portion and then were dismissed by 12:30 pm. Then the contemporary dancers began their solos (25-30 dancers). My DD enjoyed everything very much! Apparently results will be emailed in around two weeks. Auditions were also going on with potential high schoolers and summer intensives. The high school program seems amazing and their housing looks beautiful. The downtown of Winston-Salem is literally a mile down the road and very impressive.
  20. confusedmama

    Ballet Academy East

    Hello! We are doing a little research on BAE and I am hoping someone might be able to offer insight into the housing situation for BAE? I understand where students might stay (92Y) but I am curious to know if they have chaperones/counsellors to help the 13/14/15 year olds that might stay there? Is it even possible for a younger teen-aged student to attend BAE due to the housing situation? Thank you!
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  22. Hi.... my daughter has definitely decided to accept the fall traineeship and SI at Charlotte. She actually quit auditioning because she’s very interested in the program at Charlotte Ballet. I think it’s always a good idea to visit an area before making a decision. I stayed with my daughter in Charlotte for the summer when she was 14 yo- and we both fell in love with the area. However, there is a huge difference between the small town-like atmosphere in Dillsworth where we stayed and the downtown area. Dillsworth is a unique family area with beautiful parks and lovely neighborhoods- and just 10-15 mins from the studio. Housing is expensive all over Charlotte but with a room mate it’s doable. I’m starting to inquire about apartments and room mates-but realize that most girls will not be prepared to join in our search until closer to the summer. I’m scouting out apartment rents in the Dillsworth area as well as downtown near the studio. Please let me know if your daughter is looking for a room mate next fall! We can share info and find out if they might be compatible. My daughter is 19 yo, and passionate about dance like the rest! She’s enjoys culinary arts, cats, and enjoys fun with friends but needs quiet time, too. We can share contact info in the near future if needed- Blessings on the remainder of the touring season! martha
  23. sscrosby

    Charlotte Ballet--Trainees

    My dancer finally heard back about chaperone.... and thankfully it was a 'yes'. While there are a number of auditions still on her schedule (including one today and one tomorrow), it's looking more and more like this will be the winner. We'll plan to spend a few days down there in the next couple of weeks to get a good feel for the Charlotte area.... to see if she can imagine herself living happily there.... but the opportunity, based on what we've read/heard, is sounding exactly like what she wants/needs at this juncture. If the trip goes well.... well, she'll just put a stop to this process and do a little celebration dance. As will I:)
  24. dancemaven

    Ballet schools in Sydney, Australia

    lily, please see vrsfanatic’s response to you in the YD Forum. We do not permit double-posting on BT4D, so your post about training plan options above was removed.
  25. Thanks Orange Blossom for the great suggestion! I’ll tell her about it and I think it’s something she could really enjoy and give her something to focus on. Thanks dancemaven for the ideas! She’s taking music lessons and on a swim team so we do think cross training is important and she loves music. Again we have no interest in speeding anything up but she does seem ready for more. Again she’s not bored of ballet in the sense that she doesn’t appreciate the style itself. She loves it and understands how important it is to build upon the movements. Her ballet teacher stopped me yesterday to tell me how strong she is in ballet and mentioned how much she has been assisting in class so it was a perfect time to mention that she wants more of a challenge. Her teacher agreed and went to check into moving her up to the next level early but that class is full so she offered to look into more ways to keep her challenged and motivated which we obviously appreciate. I know she’s young but she’s very focused and really loves being challenged so I think she is just craving more which her teacher wasn’t surprised by. This is all new to me so I’m just trying to keep up with her. Thanks so much for your help!
  26. Oh wait, sorry now I know what you mean! I just realised, I apologise.
  27. That's what I thought too, please talk me through the process!
  28. Lily, I believe you are mixing up your threads.
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