eskimopieo Posted May 10, 2004 Report Share Posted May 10, 2004 I found this quote on an old thread when I was searching for some ideas on how to make sure my daughter gets the best training she can get in a small town: Most dancers do not get into companies at 16, and most do not have to leave home to get training unless they live in a small town where there is no good training. We live in a VERY small town, where the local dance school's "ballet" classes are offered once a week by a teacher who seems to think ballet & lyrical are the same. The "advanced" level gets to do pointe too! I think we can all agree that this is NOT good training. Even as a newbie mom a few years ago, I guessed that dd needed something better than what was offered locally, so we began driving her to the nearest big town. However, even in the big town, there is not much of an emphasis on ballet in most dance schools. Probably 2/3 of the local dance schools focus on competitions. There are two other schools that claim to be "pre-pro" ballet schools, but even they have only 5-6 hours of ballet weekly (technique + pointe) at the highest levels. I have heard that these schools, and other non-competition schools in the area, have or will soon be cutting back or combining classes. (The competition studios, of course, are booming.) The fact is, there is no ballet or non-competition school that we know of less than 3 hours away that offers anything more than this. My dd is not dreaming of a career with ABT or NYCB, at least not that she's hinted to me. But I know that many of her dancing friends would like to go on to companies or college programs. Can these dreams come true for small-town dancers stuck with a less-than-ideal schedule? How can these dancers make the most of their limited class time? Quote Link to comment
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