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  3. My dd is also interested in Columbia/Barnard and I would love some recent reviews of the dance program and CRB/CBI as well!!
  4. momofaboy

    Boarding schools with ballet programs

    There was a thread that had a listing of many "brick and mortar" programs. Brick and Mortar thread Some of its info is out of date though. For example, Boston Ballet's pre-professional program is now merged with Walnut Hill. It's a good starting place though.
  5. Hello blazcski and welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers. Please take a moment to introduce yourself in the Welcome Forum. Please do not divulge any personal information but do let us know how long you have been studying ballet, if you have career aspirations as well as any other interests you may have. Unfortunately, your 1st post is not specifically related to Ballet unless you are asking about what ballet music we are all listening to. BT4D is a very specific website. We discuss ballet related topics here. We do not have a CHAT format.😉
  6. What songs do you listen to the most in 2020? 😎
  7. Just wondering if anyone's dancer has submitted an audition and heard back yet. My daughter sent hers on October 12 and we found out she was admitted to the University but are awaiting news from her audition. Just wanted to touch base with anyone else who is navigating weird audition waters this year too.
  8. Contributions to a list so far for colleges that have ballet (Famchronicles, Amie and Threegirlpileup) and I will add to the bottom: NY and California are not included Butler, Indiana U, U of Arizona, SMU, University of Utah, University of Oklahoma, and Texas Christian University. Belhaven, Friends, and University of South Carolina VCU BFA/Richmond Ballet Trainee, Point Park University of Cincinnati, University of Hartford, Boston Conservatory, BYU, Mercyhurst University, Towson, LaRoche and University of Missouri at Kansas City University of North Carolina Charlotte
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  10. Hi Amie, Thank you so much. We are definitely trying to cast a wider net as they say and appreciate the input. Hopefully others who are looking into the college route will find it helpful as well. Thanks again!
  11. famchronicles, my DD(now 20) ended up going more towards modern dance, but when we initially started looking (2014/2015) she was more ballet oriented. Here are some other non NY or CA colleges that haven't been mentioned that were on a VERY preliminary list for her (in no specific order): University of Cincinnati, University of Hartford, Boston Conservatory, BYU, Mercyhurst University, Towson, LaRoche and University of Missouri at Kansas City. Some of these might be more toward the safety school end of things, so they might lack some of what the top tier schools or even 2nd tier schools hav
  12. My arabesque has never been great (my day job 10 hours a day at my desk ...), but it used to be hip height. Now, at just over 60, I'd take 45 degrees!
  13. Miss Persistent

    Advice on going pro in late 20s please help

    Yes!! This is actually my goal Redbookish! More than my short lived professional career (which was technically my "made it" but didn't really feel like it) - returning from serious illness and keeping myself in class every week even with my arabesque only 65 degrees feels like much more success than I have ever had before.
  14. Blackseal

    Boarding schools with ballet programs

    My daughter is a current senior at Grier and part of their Pre-Professional dance program. She gets exceptional training in all dance forms. The pre-pros dance from about 1pm - 6pm daily, so they do get a lot of training. There is definitely a lot of ballet, probably about 2 hours a day, but there are no specific pointe classes, so that might be a downside. They will do pointe every now and then, but because some of the girls have never been on pointe, it is limited. They also bring in a ton of well known choreographers to work with the girls, so they get a lot of exposure (obviously not th
  15. KitriDC

    Nutcracker 2020

    My DD still hasn't seen the inside of a studio with a teacher since March. Both of the ballet schools she has trained with are still full virtual (one a small school the other company affiliated). Definitely no Nutcracker here. Very jealous of all of those dancers who are back in person and planning on a Covid modified Nutcracker. Fingers crossed 2021 allows us all to return to a more traditional Nutcracker experience!
  16. LeatherBalletSlippers

    Dance belts ugh...

    Greetings Guys, I purchased 3-dance belts from 3-different manufacturers, the feeling from wearing a belt is SUFFOCIATION! I opted to purchase a Calvin Klien cotton thong. It is much more comfortable and it does the job just fine! 😉Good luck men!
  17. MEWDancer

    Nutcracker 2020

    No. The professional company is filming something. We were told a small number of students would be in it somehow. One girl from my daughter’s class wasn’t in class the other day and the teacher said she was filming. But based on how our roles are cast and her age/level I can’t imagine what part it would be. The company did a filmed show in August and used a few kids as narrators. I an guessing this will be similar, especially since the restrictions are really enforced, there is no way they would let maskless kids be near each other. (Or even masked kids, they have to maintain distance wit
  18. Ecourtney

    Nutcracker 2020

    Our home studio is planning to do a 1-hr (no intermission) production in the regular (very large) theater at very reduced capacity but will do more performances. The cast is smaller, will be wearing masks (coordinated with costumes) and some choreography reworked to improve distancing. DD’s residential program will be staging an outdoor production with small audiences but a total of 16 performances over an eight-day period. It is also an abridged version with a smaller cast. I don’t think they will be wearing masks as they are outdoors but not positive about that. The same cast will
  19. DanceMumNYC

    Nutcracker 2020

    That's great! Thank you for sharing this experience.
  20. InTheWings, I agree with you and have similar findings. Thank you threegirlpileup and and balletgem. I have found some universities that were listed as having ballet programs have shifted into other areas such as aerialist at University of Georgia who used to have a BFA in dance but does not any longer. Looking forward to hearing from others on their perspective as far as other colleges with ballet programs.
  21. AlabamaDanceMom

    Nutcracker 2020

    Our Nutcracker will be filmed in early November, edited, and then live-streamed in mid-December. We’ll sell tickets to that per household. We thought about trying to have an outdoor showing for families and may still try to do that at a local park, but you just never know about the weather in mid-December. So, for now, it’s just going to be live-streamed. We hired a professional production company to film and conduct the live streamed event.
  22. I would recommend looking for schools that specifically offer a BFA or equivalent degree in Ballet Performance not just Dance. These schools often have strong technique classes, offer "company" experience within the University and have some alliance with the local company. I also look at bios of company and second company dancers to see where they have come from. More and more you are seeing college graduates in these positions.
  23. DanceMumNYC

    Nutcracker 2020

    For those whose studios are filming a version of the Nutcracker this year, may I ask how they plan to showcase the film? Will it be given to all families involved, or can anyone from the public purchase tickets for a special link to the film? I'm interested in how this will work so that I can possibly make suggestions to our studio, even if for the future.
  24. emiface

    Nutcracker 2020

    Our studio is creating a Nutcracker "film" this year. They've hired a local movie studio to film, and we're performing the divertissements in different iconic locations in our city (ie. local museums, sweet shops, national parks, historical landmarks). It's an abridged version of The Nutcracker with the whole thing being roughly an hour long, and is slightly reformatted to fit the narrative of the movie.
  25. My DD plans to audition for performing arts high schools. Can anyone who's gone through this process let me know how they found a choreographer for their child's solo piece? (Did you ask your child's dance teacher? Did you look at research & reviews to reach out to someone with a good reputation, although they didn't know your child, etc?) How long before the audition should they start working on the solo? Any information would be helpful, especially if you went through the NYC high school application process.
  26. Mom de deux

    Nutcracker 2020

    We are working on options, possibly a filmed version. We'll know more in a couple of days. Our EAD has some meetings lined up. Regardless of what we do, it likely won't involve party/battle scene. There will definitely not be an indoor theater performance like we usually do. The only silver lining is that this mess has coincided with a long anticipated renovation of our usual theater venue, so we were going to have to find an alternative situation for this December anyway.
  27. A few thoughts: You might also look at programs that are a hybrid between a traineeship and a BFA. One such program I know of is Richmond Ballet/Virginia Commonwealth University. I believe there are others. Point Park is another school that comes to mind that offers a ballet major/concentration. It’s nearly impossible to figure out what might be safety/fit schools when there’s an audition involved. Personally, I think it’s one of the hardest things about the process. Your daughter’s teachers can offer some good advice but ultimately you won’t know until she gets out there and
  28. Just to add to the excellent advice from vrsfanatic and MissPersistent, you can have a wonderful serious 'hobby' for the rest of your life, whether or not you "make it" in a professional sense. You can dance at a high level in adult/professional open classes until you're 80. That is success in my book! I would counsel being very realistic & pragmatic about your goal. I've seen a lot of adult dancers who are constantly disappointed because they wonder whether they could have "made it." Rather, I think keeping on doing something you love, at a high level of achievement is very much "mak
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