Guest Watermill Posted October 7, 2003 Report Share Posted October 7, 2003 As a ballet dad with a soon to be 15 year old DD on a professional training track,I am "haunted" by a figure I read here on BT: When Boson Ballet AD Miko Nissenen looked to reshape his company, he held three auditions, saw over one thousand dancers and hired approx twenty. My math skills are dreadful but I can still figure that to be around two percent. With the downturn in government & private grants to arts orgs in general resulting in company/season cutbacks which results in more experienced company dancers on the market, the competition may be even fiercer than before. I am of course sure that some of those dancers not hired by BB still found jobs elsewhere, but whether the percentage is 2% or 4% it still points to an apallingly low number of employment opportunities. As our family begins to nudge the $10,000 mark per year of training expenses, (this includes all costs: shoes, travel, lost work days etc), I must admit that I'm watching both my daughter's progress and the general employment situation like a hawk. How do other parents wrap their minds around this brutal reality? Quote Link to comment
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