BW Posted September 22, 2004 Report Share Posted September 22, 2004 Over on the parents' forum, dbleon brought up the question of using "contacts" in order to get an audition, etc. The thread started to get off track a bit, but I thought dbleon brought up some important points about what parents and students should expect from the professional ballet programs in which they've invested so much time and money. Today the majority of colleges and universities do have career counseling and mentoring programs. Why they even give students the option of having their resumes critiqued. There are all sorts of networking devices out there in the academic world via what are called Listservs - they are basically email lists that one must subscribe to and it's a great way to compare notes, ask questions and network with one's peers and even those higher on the "totem pole" in one's chosen field. But what about professional ballet programs? As dbleon posted on that "contacts" thread, shouldn't parents and dancers expect some real guidance? Is it too much to expect that: 1. DK's have a working knowledge of the dance "business". 2. DK's informed of which companies they should audition for (body type /dance style, most naively hope their school company will offer them a position). 3. That DK's should be given the skills to form a "plan" after leaving the program. Sometimes I wonder if there's been such an upsurge in ballet being pursued at such an intense and competitive level, that the schools just haven't caught up with the times. I wonder if there's any literature available that compares the number of professionally driven ballet students today with those of 20 or even 10 years ago? What experiences do you all who either teach in these programs, have attended them and graduated from them, or have children who have done so? Fortunately there is an organization called Career Transitions for Dancers, but what about career counseling for the current dance students on the professional track within some of the more renowned programs in the US, Canada and Europe? Quote Link to comment
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