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Does anyone have any first hand experience with the year round graded level ballet program at BAE for the 13yr old and up group? Would this be considered a pre pro school?

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Though my DK doesn't attend BAE he has taken classes there. BAE is a very well respected school and the graded level program seems wonderful. The teachers are very hands-on and it is a serious group of kids who go to the school. It is definitely a pre-pro school.

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Some of the most obnoxious teenage and pre-teen boys I've seen in my life, I met in the BAE dressing room. Overhearing conversations, the ethic seems to be that it's OK to trash the dressing room (including putting gum in nasty places) because it's someone's job to clean it up. I've seen the same attitude toward their chauffeurs as well --- "Isn't your driver waiting for you?" "That's OK, let him wait."


I've seen many ballet studios, and I've never witnessed anything approaching that level of disrespect toward adults. We certainly do not tolerate it in schools I've been affiliated with.


The training in the studios is very good. Excellent teachers, well funded program, and they're looking really good when I look in. They also put a lot into their year-end demos, etc. The training is considered SAB-like, I believe they're a kind of feeder school to SAB. They have a lot of serious students who are working hard and getting good results.

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I don't have any first-hand info, but recently while looking through a dozen or so companies' dancers' bios, I noted that quite a few came from BAE. I also know someone who taught there for several years; what I know from that person and what I see as proof on company websites makes me comfortable saying that, yes, it is a reputable pre-pro.

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I'm hoping someone will be able to update on the current "graduates" (if any) in this program and what their plans are for next year. If they have company positions, please let us know if those are trainee, apprentice, corp and then male/female. This information helps others track the true success of the program from year to year.

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I have been quite inactive in the past few years partly because of my move to attend classes at Ballet Academy East. I graduated there in 2008 along with a few other girls. Some continued on to college. I took a position with Nashville Ballet 2, another girl took a traineeship at BalletMet which has since turned into a full company contract and one girl got a position with KCB. One boy left to train at SAB.

So far this year one boy has been accepted to SAB for the coming year. The rest are waiting to finalize plans. There were very few graduates this year. Although they have MANY young talented dancers there now who will be graduating in upcoming years.

I have nothing but kind things to say about everyone there. The students, faculty, and staff were all very welcoming to me and I wouldn't be where I am today without the superior training I received there.

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Thank you MAdancer for updating this thread. We were hoping someone familiar with BAE would post. We hope you will also review your experiences with your 2nd company as well. And encourage any of your other BAE grads who are members to update their respective threads as well.

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I am interested in this school. I was wondering if some one had some experience with BAE? How many hours of ballet/pointe a day? How many days a week? How many levels? Do you like the training? ect.

Would be happy for any feedback :)



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Does anyone know if this school's pre-professional program is hard to get into? I'm interested in it, and I live about an hour and a half away, so is that a worthwhile trip?


Thank you!

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What is the age limit for BAE? Would they consider a 19 year old from Europe...?

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Can anyone share their audition experience for the year round BAE program? Was it barre-center-etc. or just focused on certain aspects? The instructions are to be warmed prior to the audition, that it will only last around 20 minutes, and it won't be with other students.

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