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  2. DanceDaddy

    At what age?

    13, and only if SHE wants it. Basing it on talent/potential, won't be enough. "Hard Work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard".
  3. Managingtwotoo

    Joffrey Ballet School NYC

    My experience has been that when American students first encounter Russian teachers they feel they are overly harsh and critical. Of course, there is a line between being harsh and being a bully and that needs to be understood. When I read the article it seems that it was more of a cultural shift - I don't see any examples of bullying mentioned.
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  5. Thyme

    Phrase for Good Luck?????

    Deleted as repetitive
  6. dancemaven

    Phrase for Good Luck?????

    “Break a leg” in US came from vaudeville. If an act was not doing well, it would be summarily pulled and performer would not go on stage (and performer not paid). So the “leg” was the curtain “leg” (not a physical leg). It meant making it actually onto stage past the curtain legs. But, it is not used for dancers here! That is considered a bad luck phrase for them.
  7. Redbookish

    Phrase for Good Luck?????

    "Toi toi toi" is that standard "Good luck" in Europe. I think it comes from the French, ut is usually pronounced as for "toy". Some Europeans will do a kind of air kiss 3 times if they're wishing someone else toi toi toi. "Break a leg" is used in the UK for performance. But in Australia, it's not a phrase used for dance - maybe because it's too close to a basic fear of dancers? In Australia, dancers say "Chookas" - no idea where that comes from, but the Australian slang for a chicken is "chook" so I wondered if it comes from that somehow ...
  8. Mamadeo

    Boston Ballet School

    This is incredibly helpful, balletmom1230 -- thank you!
  9. balletmom1230

    Boston Ballet School

    Yes, Advanced 1 will be offered at both studios next year, and great instruction at both studios-I wouldn’t hesitate to go to any of the three studio locations, actually. I wasn’t clear in my last post, I apologize, I believe in Boston they will offer Advanced 1 but after that you need to go to Newton or North Shore where they also offer Advanced 1, but the levels after Advanced 1 as well.
  10. Mamadeo

    Boston Ballet School

    Thank you, balletmom1230. Do you know if Advanced 1 will be offered at the Newton Studio next year? Is there any difference between the quality of instruction or the students between the two studios (Newton & South End)? I appreciate your insights. I am waiting to contact Boston Ballet School directly until I know we are moving.
  11. NorthernDancer

    Phrase for Good Luck?????

    I was told by an English dancer that it referred to the clunky sound that a pointe shoe makes on stage if it is not prepared correctly. Australian dancers also use the same term. Russian dancers often use more complex ritual themselves (instead of to someone else). I'm not completely sure of the details but I think it includes Toi! Toi! Toi! Crossing yourself in the Russian manner 3 times and touching the floor 3 times. (Russian Orthodox people cross themselves forehead, chest, right, left. Roman Catholic people cross themselves forehead, chest, left, right. It can be interesting when you notice that the (presumably Roman Catholic Italian) Friar in Romeo and Juliet crosses himself in the Russian manner because that is where he was trained.).
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  13. Like so many others, i live in a small town that is two to three hours away from the likes of Seattle, Spokane, and Portland. I enjoy my addition to ballet classes, so on Mondays i drive 65 minutes each way for an adult 75 minute class. On Tuesdays and Thursdays a studio 10 minutes away has an adult class, where generally I am one of just three students. I was beginning to think I was too nuts to make the long trek for Monday's classes, but am encouraged to see that others do the same. On Mondays I get to dance with 10-14 others in a bit larger studio, and I think it helps me to get acclimated to different teaching approaches and styles. I also take my gear with me whenever I travel so I can jump into classes when I can find them.
  14. balletmom1230

    Boston Ballet School

    Mamadeo the South End studio will offer Advanced 1 next year, Advanced 2 and up at North Shore or Newton.
  15. Mamadeo

    Boston Ballet School

    I hope this is the right place to post. My family may be moving to Boston this summer. Are advanced classes in the classical division offered at the South End (main) location or only the North Shore and Newton?
  16. MattMan

    Books for men in ballet?

    I have a few male technique books, all mentioned above, and purchased "used" online. Also I enjoy the stories of the dancers' journeys. So far, I would recommend all of the books I have read: A Body of Work, by David Hallberg, my first (non-technique) read. I Was a Dancer, by Jacque D' Amboise, my second Nijinsky, A Life of Genius and Madness, by Richard Buckle, my third Diaghilev, A Life, by Sjeng Scheijen, my current read Every Step You Take, A Memoir, by Jock Soto, my next read We are living in such an exceptional time in the evolution of men's roles in ballet and more classical dance. The life stories (warts and all), and the accompanying evolution of technique and choreography displayed by Nijinsky-- to Nureyev-- to Baryshnikov-- to D' Amboise-- to so many of today's fantastic dancers (add the names of your favorites here!)-- is an amazing saga. And the introduction of ballet to the western world, and the resulting growth in its popularity, all enhanced through the efforts of so many "colorful" people, including the likes of Diaghilev, Balanchine, Kirstein, and the Christensen brothers. Its all a fabulous tale, and its great to see today so many more males, and so many more people of all races, dancing. Dance really is the language of the soul. Let it breathe!
  17. fcmsmom

    Washington Ballet School

    Thanks, KAJ. That's really helpful.
  18. MoDance

    Boston Ballet School

    Any updates on the merge of Walnut Hill and Boston Ballet School program? Anyone applying?
  19. CVan, can we get an update on the program? How many dancers are there in the pre-professional division? Do the dancers get many performance opportunities? What is the vibe/culture like?
  20. I don't know any specifics about what comes next. I wish I did. The dancers have been really busy, and I have only received short text messages about the vote. I will be following the contract negotiations, to be sure, and I hope they do not take forever. The union-busting tactics do not appear to have changed anyone's mind. I think the management assumed that the dancers were solely motivated by self interest. What they seem to have missed is the fact that most of the NBT dancers were and are invested in the long-term health and success of the company. If management can set aside their defensiveness and see what a great group of dancers-citizens they have, many positive things could happen at NBT in the next few years.
  21. oniceskates, thank you for sharing! I do have a couple more questions...do you know how many dancers are in each of the programs? How old is your dancer? Did your dancer get invited through SI attendance or are there other options?
  22. Hello Noodles! My DD is in the Professional Training Program. There are 3 levels: ProA, ProB and Trainees. My DD is in ProA. The ProA hours are from 9a-3:30p (M-F) and 9a-12:30p (Sa). During the week, ProA has a break from 12p-3p to eat lunch and do schoolwork. So far, she has thoroughly enjoyed the program and likes all her instructors. During parent observation week, I noticed a significant improvement in her technique and musicality as well. As a parent, the school staff has been more than responsive and very welcoming. I feel that the school has the dancer's interest at the forefront. Do you have any specific questions?
  23. Noodles

    Washington Ballet School

    KAJ, thank you for sharing!
  24. fcmsmom, this is my dd's second year in PTP. She auditioned for the SI in Jan. of 2018, attended that summer, and was offered a place near the end of the SI. The school told us before the SI audition that they do not usually offer PTP based solely on SI audition, but that coming to summer is a good avenue to be seen. So that is the route she took. There are other students who are offered places via competitions, but some come via the SI. My dd has been very happy with the training there, the caliber of teachers, and also the positive culture of the school and company. We have also appreciated the balanced mix of training and performance. Attending the SI is a good way to get a feel for the training and teachers, and also to know the area in advance of coming in the fall. The downside is not knowing until mid-late July if you have a spot. For some people who have excellent training in their current school and can return in there in the fall, this is not a problem. For other situations, it would be nice to know in advance of attending the SI if you have a spot. However, the only cases I know of an offer being made prior to SI attendance is through competition, not merely SI audition. Hope this helps.
  25. Curious as to the process following the vote. How quickly will the transition occur? Will this affect contract offers? Had letters of intent been sent out? I'm sure there's a lot of "wait and see." Hopefully working conditions will improve quickly.
  26. Derin's Mom

    Struggling with homesickness

    Thank you. This is what we try to do as her parents. We are hands on, we went there to be with her for a week on several times; just to let her know that we are close not far. She will be back home for Xmas break for the first time. And after seeing her home school, her family, her former routine; she will be able to decide much better. On one side she thinks this is a good opportunity for her; she likes some of the classes very much. And on one side the atmosphere of the friendship and difficulty in keeping up college work on academic lessons have been pulling her back. We tell her that it is a SUCCESS anyhow and she is FREE to change her way anytime she wants. Maybe with that support she says she want to give it yet chance. Anytime we were there we saw that she actually is trying to hold on. AD was very fond of her and really wanted her to stya and had told her to try for 6 months so I think she wants to do it. Thank you for all words. All means a lot. And I am definitely closely watching her.
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