BalletNutter Posted October 2, 2003 Report Share Posted October 2, 2003 I'm relatively new to Ballet Alert and have been reading quite a bit on the various threads about upcoming Nutcracker auditions, rehearsals and performances at ballet schools around the country. My 2 dds spent many years in a school that put on annual Nutcracker and spring performances but I believe now that the school was akin to a "Dolly Dinkle." (I didn't realize it at the time.) About 18 months ago, we moved to a fairly new school where there are no such performances and instead either a few in-house studio or outside performance opportunites but on a significantly smaller scale. There appears to be a far greater emphasis on learning ballet for ballet's sake at the new studio rather than prepping for the next Nutcracker or spring performance. I do believe the pre-professional program in the new studio is fairly strong -- my dds have improved SIGNIFICANTLY in 18 months but that could be because we spent too many years at the Dinkle. So now I'm wondering what your thoughts are about young dancers (12-16) studying at a school where there are not a tremendous amount of performing opportunities. Is this OK? Is it a drawback? Should we be concerned? How important is it? Can anyone weigh in on this issue? Thanks! Quote Link to comment
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