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  2. I really love what I have read about this program. Are there any transfer students (women) in the BFA program? Also, can anyone comment on how difficult it would be to attend if you were not Protestant?
  3. Mom de deux

    Nutcracker 2019

    Too funny. My DD15 just got her casting and she while is beyond thrilled with some very good parts, she's a little bit miffed that her younger sister will probably spend WAY more time on stage than her between party, battle and polichinelles. I will say, party scene does feel long in the years I don't have a dancer in it. Probably just because I've seen it so many times though.
  4. I am wondering if any parent has a DK in Hochschule Munchen Ballet Akademie. If so, I really want to get in touch.
  5. Canada’s National Ballet School https://www.nbs-enb.ca/Home
  6. Any recommendations for a solid classical ballet school in Toronto for my almost 13 year old daughter? Professional, that push kids who are taking ballet seriously and are keen to work hard.
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  8. AmyMary

    Nutcracker 2019

    Tell her to enjoy it! This is DD's third year and party scene (most of the first act) is her least favorite because it is so long.
  9. DanceMumNYC

    Nutcracker 2019

    Our Nut rehearsals have been underway for about a month now. DD11 is very excited this year. The past 2 years, she had the same role & performed in 1 scene. This year, she's old enough to dance in the full first act! 😄
  10. AnastasiaBeav

    Nutcracker 2019

    That is a good idea. She has lavender that she uses when she can't sleep. It makes sense it would help when she is nervous as well!
  11. AmyMary

    Nutcracker 2019

    How exciting! Oh, I can imagine how nervous she would be. I don't know if you use essential oils at all but my DD carries a doTERRA rollerball in her bag called "brave" specifically for kids. In fact, she used it yesterday because we had a very prominent former NYCB soloist teaching class and she was pretty nervous. Even a rollerball of lavender has helped a lot in the past.
  12. AnastasiaBeav

    Nutcracker 2019

    DD started rehearsing with the professional company last weekend. She was so nervous she wanted to get there an hour early! It ended up being a typical rehearsal with lots of standing around waiting but it was a neat milestone.
  13. Derin's Mom

    Struggling with homesickness

    Thank you; I guess they want to know in words that they still matter and are a part of the family. My DD is still quite young and is struggling a lot with trying to cope with everything. I hope she comes through.
  14. balletfan

    Prix de Lausanne submissions

    Well! I have seen a very talented student, who was not selected for PDL, go on to do extremely well at YAGP. This was followed up by offers into top schools. The learning is that you apply for a range of competitions over time, and send audition videos etc. Hopefully the right people will see see you and support you towards the next step. It can be shocking, confusing and painful. Seeing or hearing about this happening to others may help your students to gain some perspective and resilience.
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  16. ballonne mama

    Prix de Lausanne submissions

    Is it okay to have a side string on this topic? If not, please direct me elsewhere. We have four students applying for PDL this month. They all are excited and well-aware of the slim odds. I am being begged for insight as to what they typically looking for, and I'm fairly curious myself. While I have been around YAGP forever and have a feel for their pattern (despite the inevitable annual headscratchers,) I only personally know a few Prix de Lausanne acceptees. Any theories, insights, wisdom, random thoughts?
  17. ballonne mama

    Teachers showing favoritism, how to deal?

    My commentary is in addition to the points already made above referencing that all students should be getting instruction! If they are not, perhaps an evaluation of school is in order. And in addition to other wise commentary. This may be hard to consider, but it is well intentioned and comes from the staff & faculty perspective. Thoughts to consider.... 1. Most students act differently when their parents are watching. (Parent observations always leave me slightly amused and wishing dancers would put forth so much effort in regular classes.) 2. "Favorites" who receive tons of corrections at my school are the students who are focused, prepared, make the corrections they are given, and have good attitudes. This may not be everywhere, but I'd bet it's the case in many serious academies. 3. Manners and how a dancer treats staff, faculty and their peers will escalate their likability score among the faculty! Please teach your students manners and etiquette. Entitled, over-confident, smug, unfriendly students make working with them a lot less fun. 4. Parents who are difficult (IE, have to be chased to pay tuition, try to tell us how to cast our shows, are gossipy, over-evaluate their dancers actual ability, and make comparisons about how much better their dancer is than so-and-so------ yes, gossip circles back much more than you know!) make it difficult to enjoy working with their child. I assure you we try with every ounce in our being to not let an annoying parent affect how we see the child, but it can be hard at times; we are human. Please don't be the reason we are struggling to enjoy working with your dancer and family. All that said, I taught in a minor capacity at a school while also a parent of a very young dancer where there was obvious favoritism for the wealthy families who were prone to making random donations. It was not professional and was so obvious I felt embarrassed to be there. Luckily they were not the best training nor the only show in town so we left in search of better training and a better environment. Also, only fair to mention an artistic director I know is fairly infatuated with a student who is not very nice (guilty of all negativities in #3 above plus some) and her parent is very difficult. This student, while not terribly skilled for her age in a pro-pro environment, has ridiculous facility. It's as if all the ballet gods each casted all the special physical gifts. I can see the favoritism from my vantage point, (though it's not in-your-face blatant it is definitely there) and it makes me cringe. It's as if the director just can't help herself because it's such an unusual situation.
  18. labrador

    IABD auditions

    Thank you, Sugarmama! I appreciate your sharing your experience. I agree that African-American ballet dancers are still trailblazers. Racism is real in the ballet world, sometimes out of malice, sometimes out of ignorance and a limited artistic imagination. Again, congratulations to DD. She blazed a trail in a tough territory.
  19. Sugarmama

    IABD auditions

    I have heard that too, that dancers of color use race as an excuse for not advancing within the field and IABD caters to their fears. DD feels her race makes her different, special and uniquely challenged so I guess it's partly how you look at it. Also, some dancers of color never get to dance with others like them so that was one of DD's reasons to try it. I guess I would say don't put all your dancer's eggs in one basket, if you do IABD also audition at a few places they are interested in outside of it. DD usually had a company she looked at as a "reach" as well as a fallback option in case she had a bad audition at IABD. For DD, we found that the IABD auditions plain and simple offered a higher return on investment in terms of scholarships received, she had at least 2-3 solid offers each year for traveling to one location - and received full scholarships including housing and once even a generous stipend for activities, which has never happened in any ordinary audition she attended. The first year there were about 100 dancers so it was hard to be seen, I think they have improved the process the past couple of years and it seems like there aren't as many dancers either. Ordinary auditions for big name intensives are sometimes crowded and it's difficult to be seen as well. Due to financial reasons DD either had to earn her way to intensives through scholarships or stay and train at home. The multi-company audition on Saturday for summer intensives is more contemporary focused with only a little ballet at the end. The companies attending are different for that one too. This year it looks like they are doing it a little differently so check out their website and contact them if you have any questions. Good luck!
  20. Pinkytoes

    Struggling with homesickness

    I feel for your DD with the homesickness. My DD went to a residential program last year and is away at a college program this year. Homesickness has been an issue both times. I have noticed that as long as she is going thing to thing she is not as homesick. It's when she has downtime and is too tired to do anything about it or is not sure what to do with the time that she seems to send the lone "I miss you" text/message. I agree with much that is written here. But I would add that I was trying NOT to admit that I missed her too. Then she started saying that my NOT missing her was making her feel worse because she was missing me so much. So now I say "I miss you too" when she talks about missing me... And then try to swiftly redirect the conversation. She is "on" to my approach, but somehow it helps her to hear me say that I am missing her too. It sounds silly, but for her this works better.
  21. I second what Polar says about the need to re-program over an extended period of time.
  22. Thank you Diane for your for your generous advice!
  23. Derin's Mom

    CNSMDP, Conservatoire Nationel Superior, Paris

    Diane, Very helpful, thank you. We are still at the stage where we give time to all of us. She stays at the dorm, her uncle lives there and gives support at weekends. She had been accepted to berlin as well last year but we thought family bonds would help her to adjust. But for the moment she does not feel comfortable here. Her major complaint is she cannot do ballet as much as she expected to.
  24. Derin's Mom

    CNSMDP, Conservatoire Nationel Superior, Paris

    Thank you, the question did not start off as "looking for a school" but more to understand about CNSMDP. I've checked the pre-pro section as well. But if they may, the forum can move my topic to wherever is more suitable.
  25. I think you on the money there, Miss Persistent! Similarly, full time training at ABS is not a guarantee of a contract at TAB. Given this situation it is important for students to ensure that they are well prepared to audition elsewhere as soon as they graduate. Some students seem to be a bit behind the eight ball on this as they have not been to auditions or competed during their training. The ABS approach really suits some students but naturally not all.
  26. Victoria Leigh

    AM I taking enough ballet?

    Looks like you are at the max, Esmeralda. Could not ask for more than that.
  27. dancemaven

    CNSMDP, Conservatoire Nationel Superior, Paris

    Derrin’sMom, when looking for pre-professionals schools in a particular area—or country—please ask your questions on the appropriate thread in the “Finding a Pre-Pro Ballet School” forum. Any information members are able to share will be lost here. We like to keep information readily searchable for all our members interested in the area. I would also suggest you check the “Pre-Professional/Residential School” forum for individual schools. There are dedicated threads there for the major schools, both here and abroad.
  28. Hey, that is great that your daughter got into that school! I would think that it is indeed still early days, and unless she is madly UN-happy, then give it a bit more time. On the other hand, she is very young... is she there alone, does she live in a dormitory or with a family? German schools: it has been quite a few years since I had personal experience with any of them; things change quickly. BUT - there are many good ones, and they do prepare students for jobs in companies, at least in Germany. The biggest, most "well-known" German academies (Stuttgart, Hamburg..... maybe Berlin and Munich) do tend to have more of a classical-leaning, as far as I can tell... so did Mannheim when I used to visit. The Dresden Academy (Palucca) offers a pretty well-rounded training, and the classical is /was still quite all right. Frankfurt and Cologne were (as I say, I am not that aware of the status now!) more likely to focus on various modern techniques, and there are many, and they are widely used in many German dance companies. I would suggest looking for websites of the various schools, IF you are interested, and getting in touch with them if need be. Most of them take students for the professional part of the training as of age 16, 17, 18; the younger ones are more readily "weeded out" each year as they and their bodies mature and it becomes - perhaps - obvious To Those Who Decide These Things (added capitals for emphasis 😉 ) that a young student may not have the "right" body for the career. (do not get me started on this.... 😉 😉 ) Cheers. -d-
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