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  2. labrador

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    Bekah21, Congratulations!
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  4. Bekah21 thank you for updating this new development. What a lovely way for your DD to start the next part of her training. Wishing you both the best
  5. Thank you! Scared nervous but mostly excited!!!!
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  7. Funfetti

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    🤗🤗🤗🤗 Woohoo! Congrats! Best of luck on this new adventure!!
  8. Funfetti, she’s staying at the residency school. And now knowing that we have the blessing of both directors she feels much better.
  9. Funfetti

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    That's incredible, Bekah21! How wonderful!! What a gift to both you and your daughter! Look forward to hearing what you decide and how things go!
  10. So the co director called my daughter today, with my permission, and gave her her blessing. This is the one who was not supportive. While I’m sure she is still upset and worried about my daughter, this phone call was exactly was DD and I needed. I think it’s very humbling for a teenager to see adults do things like this. Maybe having a few days to think it over helped.
  11. Alex Skalbania

    Boston Ballet School

    Danceparentpdx, Our daughter is 17, is from Seattle, and was just accepted into the pre-professional 4 program for this fall. We are also looking for housing for her and would be interested in communicating with anyone who is in the same boat. My email address is askalbania@aol.com if that is an easier way to contact me than by posting on this site. Thanks!
  12. Ballet6706

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    There are many times I have thought about starting a thread about the management of the academic side of joining a day program and the above comments have been very helpful. Thank you! I have found that are not as many virtual school choices for middle school as there are for high school. For a long time, we were set on Laurel Spring. During the spring, I had two one hour conversations with the director of the online program our state offers (for free!!) and ultimately chose that program. The virtual school follows state requirements and common core, so if DD decides to return home and attend public high school (which was initially the plan) at any point, it will (in theory) be an effortless transfer back and DD will fall right into place. She doesn't even have to bother with an elective class until her spring semester (she chose PE of course!), so she starts the fall with only the four core classes. The program uses the same curriculum that the Florida Virtual School does, so if you have any useful tips to share about that curriculum, please do so!
  13. dtwinmom

    Boston Ballet School

    Hi, congrats to your daughter! I will send you a message also- my daughter is a new trainee and just leased an apartment with another new dancer. They are looking for a 3rd trainee. One is in Boston now, they could meet. Thanks!
  14. labrador

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    All the best, beehive1.
  15. beehive1

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    labrador, thank you! I have a tentative phone meeting with the offering studio's AD--those are good questions to consider. Back to back days would be easiest on us, for certain. Losing two days at her home studio could also affect any performance opportunity at home with rehearsals--so I just don't know how doing it part-time is feasible but really need to get more information on logistics. But if the training elevates her dancing more than performances at home, that is what she's in this for, then it could be worth it. She learned long ago not to place so much stock in the casting at home when she's in it to improve with the actual classes.
  16. labrador

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    beehive1, I understand how conflicted you feel. If it’s not feasible, then it’s not an option right now. On the other hand, can you give it a try for one semester? Two days a week are a significant chunk of time, eight hours on the road...it’s a lot. However, can you work out a sleepover, maybe one day a week? If the two days are consecutive, and DD sleeps over, the driving time is broken in half. I totally get the stress and danger of winter driving. I do not want to add to your stress. I am bouncing off ideas.
  17. beehive1

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    Bekah21, Yes, it would involve some dicey winter driving at times. Trains are available but only one a day on our end, so not really ideal, and often cancelled with the heavy snow.
  18. beehive1, I understand the pushback from home studio as we are facing the same issue. The drive you mentioned sounds very difficult, but yes agree that it could guarantee that the offer would be there next year and make for an easier transition. That is a lot to consider though too as depending on what part of the country you live in....winter driving or driving when time change and it's dark at 5pm could get difficult.
  19. AB'sMom, That sounds like a fantastic opportunity and the best of both worlds! Good luck to your dancer with that transition!
  20. beehive1

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    Bekah21, thank you! It's so hard to know what the right thing to do is. And to clarify above with the pushback I know we'll get--that is from the home studio, not the studio with the offer. The studio with the offer is even trying to see if we'll consider letting her go 2 times a week--but it's a 4 hour drive in each direction. I do not know if I have it in me to do that, though it would likely create an automatic transition to doing some of her academic work online this year.
  21. My daughter is not going away, but is switching to a day program at her current studio. The advice from learningdance about helping schedule academics is really helpful for me. My DD is starting high school this fall and will be doing school online. While we both look forward to a year of not rushing to the studio straight from school, cramming in some snacks before class, eating dinner at 9pm, I think she is underestimating the discipline it will require to stay on schedule academically. Reading this thread has made me grateful she’ll be at home so I can help her manage everything, but also serves as a reminder that with every new stage I am hopefully preparing her for the day she’ll need to manage it more on her own—whether that’s one year from now or four.
  22. beehive1, Don't regret your decision. You did what you feel is best at this time. I have been telling my DD, who didn't sleep last night, that we will make the best decision that we can at this time. If it is right then great. If it's not right then we will figure out the plan and next steps. Life is about making decision and dealing with the outcome. I hope we make the right one. You are right, there is a lot of planning and if you aren't expecting an offer, that planning can feel last minute. I have been told by our director that offers will continue to come, so don't fret!
  23. beehive1

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    I'm also having major regrets at turning the offer down -- I know she does not have the potential for growth at the home studio the way she would in this other program. I'm sure there is a whole other thread for that somewhere but I haven't found it yet 😁 I do know when we take the plunge to move her, I'll get a little pushback, but I think that is because the program is going through a lull in retention right now.
  24. beehive1

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    I appreciate all of this info -- I've been following along the past few days, as we have tentatively turned down a year-round spot for our dancer this year--I think more for my own feeling that I'm not ready for the logistics of everything else to be organized by the fall. I'm hoping it doesn't hurt our dancer's chances for an offer next year, but with having to find housing (this particular program does not provide set housing) and figure out the academic side--I am so impressed with all you have all put into your child's career, and I'm realizing what I myself am not yet prepared for!
  25. Funfetti

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    I'll chime in on the academics-we have found splitting the subjects like college (taking a semester instead of 9 months) to be helpful! So this fall she will focus on Alg 2, Govt, English. Then in the spring she will take Physics, Pre-cal, Spanish. This allows her to not be so spread thin meeting deadlines.
  26. Thanks learningdance!
  27. learningdance

    Anyone taking the residence plunge this fall?

    Bekah21, No, given her schedule she could not do each subject each day. That was actually the beauty of online. Often she need to do a 3-day run on math to get the concepts and then could do the reading and writing in history at another time. Once I set it up, she took control of it but what was helpful was seeing the # of hours she had each day and when those hours were. It was useful for her to see that she needed to use that 8-9 hour productively because her day would be fillled with rehearsals, etc. Teens do not have the executive functioning that we do and they need supports and structures to "plan ahead." The spreadsheet was a loose plan that was flexible but it helped her to see what she had to do in a week and the time available to do it. We also talked alot about "day planning." As in when am I going to cross train, hang out with friends, sew pointe shoes, do laundry, stretch, roll out, take care of feet and toes, shower, etc. This all seems rather silly but honestly, in your home, you will turn to your kid and say, "Hey why don't you go grab a shower before dinner so you will have time to watch that show/do homework, etc?" You are actually managing them more than you think.
  28. gav

    Adult Ballet Winter Intensive

    In Studio at the National Ballet of Canada has held one in the past. I haven't attended, but I've received the information on their email list and it looks like the details were announced in mid-October 2018 for the 2019 iteration. This year, it ran Jan 2-5 with a beginner level and an elementary/intermediate level - the weekdays had ~2.5-3 hours of evening classes, and the weekend days had 4 hours of daytime classes.
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