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any updates on the Ailey school? Would love to hear anything about the pre-pro or scholarship program.

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Joanne356

My daughter attends the BFA program. This is her first year. She is trained in classical ballet and wanted to expand her horizons. She loves it. Ballet is required. So is modern,Horton, and west African. The other students have a variety of backgrounds. Some have been trained primarily in modern with little ballet experience. Body types are varied. Opportunity seems to abound.

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Topher99

Just wondering if anyone has had recent experience with Ailey Certificate or Independent Study year- round program. DS was accepted - I don't know how competitive it is to get in. There seems to be very little written about the Ailey Program in general.

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MissDonna

DD is in the BFA program as a freshman this year. Something I didn't realize is that BFA's and certificate students dance in the same technique classes based on level. Their programs are different though outside of technique. Ailey BFA students are also Fordham University students, and as dance majors have several classroom oriented dance requirements like Anatomy, Dance History etc. in addition to the Fordham core requirements.

I agree that it is not easy to gather information about Ailey programs on line and I would suggest an in person all day visit if they offer that, which I bet they do. Then DS could get an accurate perspective and ask his questions.

DD is a well trained and highly experienced young dancer who finds the training extremely effective and challenging, if that helps at all. The ballet in particular is very strong.

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DanceMumNYC

Does anyone have any current info on the junior division for ages 7-17? I looked at their schedule and noticed that most of the lower level ballet classes are only 1 hour each. There seems to be only one 1.5 hour class/week and the rest are 1 hour in any given lower level. It isn't until Level IV (of 7 levels) that all of the technique classes (4x/week) become 1.5 hours. Does it matter if the technique classes are shorter than recommended between the ages, say 7-12, as long as they have 1.5 hour classes in the teen years?

The school also seems to offer just as much (or more) modern/jazz as ballet. That said, I was wondering if this is a good place for beginner & intermediate (younger) dancers to build a solid foundation, or if it's better for teens to attend as a "finishing school" in order to join a contemporary ballet or modern company. The website says 75% of the company came from the school, so I wondered if those students were "raised" in Ailey or if they just attended for about a year or 2 before joining the co., which is common in many schools with a company attached.

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Balletnica

Did anyone audition for the Junior division in June (especially the boys’ program)? The director mentioned that results would be out in mid-July but we haven’t heard anything yet. Curious if anyone else has heard. 

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