danceintheblood Posted January 4, 2005 Report Share Posted January 4, 2005 I have read some wonderful information on this site, but have been struck by some of the differences between Australia and the US with dance training, so I thought you may be interested to know how things work elsewhere. Classes run over four terms of 10 weeks (along with school terms) between the beginning of February and mid December, with a two week break between each term. We then have a break of six weeks between mid-December and the end of January. Due to our 'long' break including Christmas and New Year, we don't have Summer Intensives as such. My dd will be doing a one week Summer school in late January and this is pretty much all there is on offer where we live. All students are accepted to this without having to attend an audition. There appear to be very few opportunities for students to audition for schools due to this. The Australian Ballet holds auditions around the states once a year for places in the external or residential program, but there's not much else for young students that I know of. There are also very few residential programs for students below university age. In fact, the only one I'm aware of is the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. We don't encounter the 'Nut' phenomena!! My daughter's school puts on a different production every second year (Coppelia, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker, Giselle etc) and on the alternate years put on a production of various pieces by students of classical ballet, contemporary and jazz. I've been surprised to read posts here of students aged only 10, 11, 12 doing classes six days a week, sometimes for three or more hours per day. This would be considered very unusual here. My dd is in this age group and does three 1.5 hour a week classes in classical technique, one 1 hour character class and one half an hour long pre-pointe class. These are clustered on three days of the week, so they still have time for other activities, firendships etc, but each year the number of days increases, so that by 15 or so they are attending six days. Anyway, just thought I'd share some observations and differences that I've noticed. Quote Link to comment
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