gabb Posted November 18, 2005 Report Share Posted November 18, 2005 Hi Iam very confused, my DD auditioned and was chosen along with two other girls to play Clara on the Nutcracker, they were rehearsed 45min twice a week, that involved the dance at the party and almost none of the acting part, this took around 6 weeks then finally came the first rehearsal with all the members of the company, the director (who was a principal dancer for ABT) just told my DD to do all the acting but she didn't know what to do, nobody took the time to guide her, the director knew this girls are not from a professional school, but he said he couldn't risk it and told the girls they were outand one of the ballerinas of the company took their place while they just sat and watched,no explanation given, after 6 weeks of his assisstance calling them Clara, two days later they told us that since the girls had not been previously taught their part they should give them the benefit of the doubt and they gave them one performance each, and started trainig them. my DD teacher who is a member of the company was very upset since she witnessed how my DD was not helped and and panic not knowing even the way to wave hello in a ballet, she is not a pro, ok but they knew it... today she came out crying because she was not given a chance to perform in rehearsal, and another girl did it and the director told her that he liked it very much, My DD showed some jealousy,but she feels defeated that she cannot save the mistake she made,I told her her friend took the test having studied and my DD took it knowing nothing, they have to see her again and my russian teacher is rehearsing(nobody nows this since the company didn't want this to happen) her and she is doing pretty good, but shouldn't all Claras be rehearsing every time, they just meet twice a week and the first show goes in 10 days! They told us Claras weren't taught their parts cause they got a little disorganized. Do you think my DD can change her impression on the director, she is so worried. dancing had always made her happy and I don't want her to loose this feeling. i am the mother so I cannot judge her artistry but public love her, her teachers praise her so much and this summer a woman approached her after a performance and told her "you don't now me, but i saw you dance last year and I came just to watch you . I am a fan" do all pro companies work like this? mothers are not allowed even to breath in there, which I do understand but they give no information and get mad if we ask. They are so Diva like!! any voice of wisdom here? Quote Link to comment
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