dancemomCA Posted July 13, 2006 Report Share Posted July 13, 2006 OK - I'm going out on a limb here, I'm sure there are dissenting views; however, I do believe that when we are speaking of "Pre-pro" ballet schools in the truest sense we are only speaking of NBS, RWB, Quinte, Goh, Alberta Ballet, Ecole Superior and Les Jeunes (?) (Quebec). I may be missing out on the East Coast, however, many eastern students study at the above-named schools. As mmded posted earlier, there are many threads/posts about these schools that could be reviewed and contain a wealth of information. These are schools which offer intensive ballet schedules with daily/frequent pointe, boys' classes, partnering, residences, academics and/or billet families with excellent teaching staff. IMO - I would not really consider any other school to be pre-pro (although many like to use that title) - yes, some excellent rec schools have graduated students who have gone pro - Marqa's daughter is one, I know of one (in 15 yrs) at DS's old hometown school, but they are very few and far between. Most local rec schools simply do not have the number of ballet hours per week required to produce a pro-track student, most have NO boys, therefore no partnering or ppd classes. Teaching staff in most cases is not what you would find at Canada's larger schools, etc. Also, I take a dancer's bio with a grain of salt - if it is not updated, or contains embellishments or omissions, it is sometimes difficult to ascertain where they truly trained. Most talented/ambitious dance students started off at hometown local rec studio, then probably auditioned for one of the larger schools to continue training at a higher, intense level. Often many of these students go on to do 1 or 2 years of post-grad training elsewhere and it may not be ballet - it may be modern, musical theatre, college, etc. Now you guys can fire away! Quote Link to comment
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