KarenD Posted February 3, 2008 Report Share Posted February 3, 2008 I am seeking neutral advice. My daughter is sixteen. We live in a very rural state but are fortunate to live near a small company with a good school. The instructors have good backgrounds and credentials and the quality of instruction is great. My daughter in the last two years has received both recognition and roles and is now a member of the company... but it is time to start looking ahead to what happens after high school. My daughter wants to dance but is also smart enough to know she needs to prepare for a life after dance. We had a very good discussion with the artistic director. My daughter had been thinking of universities with a good dance program. The directors take on this, is that she does not see many dancers entering the professional world from the university route. More often she feels they come from students who have aligned themselves with a school associated with a ballet company...and then work up through the ranks. And while she feels my daughters abilities are strong and growing, she does not feel she could go very far in the world of a big ballet company. Reason? My daughter is tiny, a bit under 5' 2'. She is still growing but genetics are against her, she comes from a small family! On the other hand, she could stay in the area, continue to dance with this company, and take classes at the local university here. The director basically indicated that she did have future ideas for my daughter. She felt that my daughter would have greater opportunities for attention and performance here, than if she went elsewhere, even if she was fortunate to get into a corps. Which she felt would be tough because my daughter is so tiny. My daughter understands the logic of this, and frankly, this would be kinder to the family finances. But I don't want her to have regrets about not having tried either. Your advice for a tiny dancer? Quote Link to comment
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