Guest alliecat93 Posted April 17, 2003 Report Share Posted April 17, 2003 This is going to be a long post, so bear with me. I am very serious about ballet and I want to take as many classes as I can and learn as much as I can. The first school that I started out at was more focused on dance in general and they didn’t really specialize in ballet. I took two different levels for a total of 5 classes a week. Then I switched schools and started taking 9 classes a week. I also took private lessons for about a little less than a year with a wonderful teacher there. Well, our old artistic director left and the atmosphere at the school has really changed. The girls wear black tights with huge holes in them, bandanas in their hair, shorts,…. I could go on and on. When they mess up in class they start laughing like they think it’s funny. They are also VERY disrespectful to one of the teachers there. There is a minimum of 4 required classes to be in the company and a lot of people, even the advanced girls, only take those 4 classes even though they are able to take 13 or so classes. There are two really good teachers at the school, but then there is one who just doesn’t know what she is talking about. I realize that there are different styles of ballet, but she is just wrong a lot of the time. She corrected this girl on an assemble and she had the girl do it so her feet didn’t assemble in the air! Yesterday I was talking to a girl before class and I asked her if she wanted to come warm up with me before class. She just looked at me like I was crazy and said, “warm up?” like she had never heard of it before. She seemed baffled that I warmed up before every one of my classes. Dancers from this school have gone on to Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joeffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Milwaukee Ballet, Miami Ballet, Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet, and other companies too. Some of the people who went away to these companies keep in touch and come back to take a class when they’re in town. Looking at the school now, it doesn’t seem like they will turn out all the wonderful dancers they used to have. There are three main schools in my area. We’ll call them A, B, and C. I am at A right now. B would be another option, but they only have 6 classes offered in the second to highest level. That’s what level I would be in if I went there, but that doesn’t seem like enough classes. That only includes 2 pointe classes. The highest level only has one more class a week. There is a professional company connected to this school, but they don’t seem very professional to me. I’ve heard good things about school C. They are VERY strict there which would be a big change from where I’m at now, but I think I would like it. I’m not sure exactly how many classes the offer a week, but I don’t think it’s a lot. I have been at auditions with students from that school and they seem pretty good, but they seem very mean and competitive. They’ve pushed their way in front of other people at auditions so the other people couldn’t be seen. So as you can see, I’m not in a very good situation. I think I’m going to take a class at studio C and see how that goes, but I’m not sure. I really want to go to CPYB year round. I know people have very different opinion about the amount of classes there, but that’s really want I want and what I feel would be best for me. If I went I would live with a host family. My mom and I are going down to visit the school later this year. We could either go down in June and see their June Series and watch a rehearsal/class or we could go in May and I could take a class. Which do you think would be better? I have heard that a lot of new people who come to the school are placed in level 2B initially, but you can get moved up. Level 2B doesn’t have any pointe, so I’m worried if I was in that level that my pointe would really suffer. I’ve heard of people moving up 3 or 4 levels in 6 months to a year. Do you think that would be a really bad situation to not have pointe? How long can you go without a pointe class before your technique will really start to suffer? If I was in level 3 (the next level up) I could be taking 34+ hours of ballet a week. I could also take 3 pilates classes and possibly partnering. I am so confused about what to do. I get so upset whenever I think about my current school and the so so training I’m getting there. What do you think I should do? I know you can’t decide for me, but could you help me please? Quote Link to comment
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