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European vs. American Companies


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Is there a large difference between the two? Is it more difficult to get into an American or European company, say? Do the large and well-known European companies not tend to do as many modern pieces as we Americans? I have heard that the POB is nearly impossible to get into because 99% of their dancers come from the POB school. Is this how all of the large companies over there are?

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It really depends on the company. Some companies actively seek foreign dancers, while others are practically uncrackable, save for a principal dancing as a guest artist. Some European companies are far more experimental than US ones. Others try to keep a classical core repertoire of standards and are rather conservative by American standards. You have to research the companies by name to see what their artistic outlook is.

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