Guest Lukayev Posted May 31, 2003 Report Share Posted May 31, 2003 As someone who will be attending the Kirov/UBA SI this summer in hopes of being accepted into the year-round program, I was doing some reflective thinking and came up with a question (or two). Let's call a potato, a potato and a school, a school. These institutions for learning (and I speak of the ballet ones, here) strive to have their students attain the pinnacle of success in their professional lives as dancers, through beating them into the ground and then watching them grow right back up again, more beautiful than they were before. But when a student can already nail 32 fouettés with some doubles and triples thrown in, whack that leg up to a 180 degree extension (a most unfortunate ability IMHO), and leap higher than Baryshnikov in his better days, what else can the teachers do? Work on the student's artistic side, ok. But then what else? Barre is barre and it's designed to make one's quality of movement that much more flawless and placed. It is not meant to prepare one for the big drama/soaps like Giselle or whatnot. So with a school like UBA, or say SAB, NCSA, and so on... at what level are they going to take students under their wing? The ones who have everything down already, to the point of dazzling their auditioners? Or those who have yet to reach that 'point' but look well enough on their way towards it? I believe I'm the latter of the two.. no, I KNOW I'm the latter. There is no way I'd become Principal Numero Uno of Les Ballets Dramatiques et Soapies right now. I've got a lot to work on. But isn't that what teachers at a school want? To have some part of their style, their method, their 'voice' impressed forever into a future dancer? Just my thoughts. Cheers, Luka. Quote Link to comment
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