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There is with Stuttgart. Not sure about the other one.

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The Stuttgart Ballet has a very fine school associated with it, The John Cranko School. Their website is in German, English and Japanese. The teaching program is Vaganova, years 1-8 with a fully qualified teaching faculty. The director, Tadeusz Matacz, speaks English beautifully and is a very elegant, kind person. The faculty of the upper classes include the teacher of Vladimir Malakhov, Petr Pestov and Ute Mitreutter-Russu, both of whom have taught in the US in teacher/student training programs throughout the US in the summers in the 1980s and 1990s. I have had a few attend the SI as well as the year round program of study. The results were pleasing to say the least.

Definitely check it out! :thumbsup:

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Ms. Schneider, the website for the John Cranko school doesn't mention a summer intensive program. Do you know where one would obtain that information?

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I could be wrong but...as best I remember, the regular program runs from September to late July. The Cranko School is closed down during August. If my memory is correct then, there is no SI at the Cranko School.

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I do not think the SI exists anymore. I had a few students attend the ballet school for a two week summer program about 7 years ago. I am not sure whether or not it was an actual separte SI but three of my students did attend. One ended up staying to complete his studies and is now dancing in a company in Switzerland.

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Is your students name Matthew Bledsoe?

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I am not quite sure how Ballet Talk would like me to answer this question since it does not involve only me. I will check with the administrators prior to answering this question.


It is obvious who I am, however I do not feel comfortable divulging on the Internet who my students may be or may not be/have been unless authorized by said students.

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Ballet Stuttgart has an excellent reputation (and the school also). My ballet teacher in Germany was once a dancer with Ballet Stuttgart. She teaches Vaganowa.

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I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this school. I've heard it's a great school and I am aware that they have a website but if someone here has attended JOhn Cranko's school in Stuttgart and could share their expereince it would be much appreciated. thank you

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I am currently working hard to get into is the John Cranko School in Germany, and they do not hold housing for students over 16. How could I go about getting housing there? Does anyone know of host families there?


I've never even left the U.S., and I don't know how easily I could get work in a foreign country. How does one provide for themselves in this instance? :sweating: Although it would be nice, I don't want to jump to the conclusion that they will just let me stay at the dorm anyway given I do some RA duties and chores.

Is anyone here familiar with John Cranko School? Please fill me in on what you know that might help me out. I really want to go, but I don't know if I can if I can't find housing.


Thank you,

Turnout Burnout


I am working to develop my audition tape for Cranko. I really really REALLY want to get in, and I'm working towards making a decent audition tape to send in. I feel a bit silly as I just posted a new topic about Cranko when this was already up.

More than likely it will be moved here but just in case it doesn't, I was wondering about housing for Cranko. I'm too old to live in the student housing and I can't afford to just rent a place on my own.

Does anyone know of a host family program there? Are there even host families? I know no one that lives remotely close to Germany, I don't have any potential roomates going to Germany, much less Cranko, anytime soon.


Thank you,

Turnout Burnout


P.S.: Speaking of potential roomates, if there are any dancers looking at Cranko and are also

looking for a roomate, I'm trying to get my 30 posts down so you can contact me.



**These two posts on 2 different threads were moved and merged into this existing topic about the John Cranko school by a Moderator. You may edit your post if you wish, Turnoutburnout. Don't rush those 30 posts. :D

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Turnout Burnout


I am holding the information we got from the school now. If you are accepted as a student of the State Ballet Academy here, (ages up to the age of 18:exceptions possible) education is free. However, the students need to pay for their board and lodging. Private rooms or nearby dormitories may be considered for accomodations.


I am sure if they accept you, then they will help you make arrangements. Living in Germany is not cheap...so be prepared.


If I remember correctly and things haven't changed, the university system in Germany is the same...free tuition but room and board can be pricey depending on where you live. Stuttgart may be more reasonable that some cities in Germany, I don't know.


Good luck with your audition.

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Turnout- I just noticed that you are a male dancer! :)


Well that may make it a lot easier for you to get into any professional school- as they tend to make exceptions for well trained males even if they are slightly above the age deadline the school is setting.

I would give it a try! :)

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Turnout - I am sure that the school will help you with housing once you managed to get accepted. Stuttgart is a major (and expensive) city but more affordable than living in Frankfurt or Munich.

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