R.Mc Posted February 13, 2006 Report Share Posted February 13, 2006 Well, I currently live at home with my parents in London and attend a well-known full time pre-professional school. I have just turned 20. Just to give you an overview of my training, at school we take between 3-5 1.5 hr classes a day, are on pointe a least once a day and have two pas de deux classes a week. I am in my second year of a three year course. My father has been offered a job in Los Angeles, CA. My sisters are at points in their education where moving would work out fine, so my parents are seriously considering moving. There are several things that I am unsure about. Firstly, I know that I am 20, but I have never lived away from home, let alone on the other side of the world from my family- we're really close. I appreciate that once I get that elusive contract I will almost certainly have to move away, but that is a different thing. So I would consider moving to America. But I have a few questions about the training. 20 in the sort of school I am at is not exceptionally old, many many people finish their A' Levels before starting at a full time conservatory. My course graduates with a BA (Hons). But mine and many courses like this, are very much focusing on a performing career. I have got the impression that dance courses in American universities, are less likely to lead you to a company contract. Would I be able to transfer to a suitable course? Secondly, at 20 is it too 'old' to be considered for a residency programme, from what I've read, the system in the states appears very different from ours. Even in the final years of training, students seem to take one or two classes a day in the US. Is this accurate? I would also really appreciate recommendations of schools or programmes near, or near ish to LA, where I could get good training to in a years time be company ready. Sorry for the length post, I am a little confused.... any suggestions or words of guidance would be really helpful. Quote Link to comment
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