balletbooster Posted April 21, 2004 Report Share Posted April 21, 2004 We have a friend (male) who is a freshman at SMU on full scholarship in ballet this year. He was an apprentice during his junior and senior years of highschool with the pro company here. He would have had no trouble moving into a company contract position this year, but opted instead for college. He really likes SMU and is happy with the program. He does miss the intensity of the company culture and he would like for the ballet program to be more exclusively focused on classical ballet, but he is pleased with the instruction he is receiving at SMU. He is a multi-talented fellow, with a wonderful voice and acting skills, so the Meadows School offers him many opportunities that more narrow ballet programs could not offer. As to the exclusive culture at SMU, I think it is a fact of life. Dallas is a status-sensitive town. When we lived there, the joke was that Dallasites really knew how to "wear their wealth" and if they didn't do that, they sure knew how to "drive it". (Needless to say, designer fashions and expensive cars are part and parcel of the Dallas experience for many.) SMU sits in the middle of the most affluent area in Dallas and many of the Highland Park kids do stay home and attend SMU. However, this elitist atmosphere is going to be prevalent, to a greater or lesser degree at any expensive and exclusive college. For what it is worth, our friend who is currently attending and my ex-husband (who attended many light years ago) were both from middle-class families, attending on merit scholarships and both enjoyed college life at SMU a great deal. TCU does have a more laid-back feel to it (just as Ft. Worth does in comparison to Dallas). Quote Link to comment
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