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After high school . . .


Would you choose to go to a college ballet program like Butler, Indiana, SUNY, Utah, etc. or would it be better to attend an intensive ballet program affiliated with a company (for example: Boston Ballet school's intensive division --the upper levels).


If you chose the latter, would you attend college on the side--either part time or full-time, or would you have a job and take ballet class?


How do you think the training would compare?



Thanks everybody in advance :yucky:

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There are quite a few variables involved in trying to answer this question. I think that the basic one is whether or not you function at entry-level professional proficiency now. If so, go for the company school, and be prepared to audition a lot if you aren't picked up right away in an apprentice or other paid capacity. If you need "finishing", then go for college. And remember, if you don't go to college right out of high school, not really a problem. You will always have brains, you will not always have the nice cooperative body you have now.

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  You will always have brains, you will not always have the nice cooperative body you have now.


We have both said things to this effect many times, but that is the BEST way it's been said yet! :yucky:

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Hmm, for Mel Johnson:


I guess I was wondering if those "finishing touches" should be made at a pre-pro, company attatched school or at college. I am still a junior right now in high school but I am definetely not ready to enter a company. . .

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I think it depends to an extent on how much finishing you need. If a year would be enough time, go to the co-affiliated school, but if you need longer, try college.

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I concur. While it's tough to read a future, it's a little like the weather: easier to predict in near time, but as you consider longer and longer times, the forecast grows more and more inexact. One year is near time in a case like this, and a lot can happen in a year.

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