blahbber Posted June 7, 2008 Report Share Posted June 7, 2008 (edited) I'm running out of time. What I figured out in last season's audition rounds was that I'm seriously short on technique - much to my shock! I've been attending a very conservative school where there's nothing more important than placement. So, thinking that I dance fairly neatly, I auditioned for some minor classical companies. I mean, I'm only auditioning for the corp so the importance of cleaness should far surpass virtuosity, right? Then, I get to auditions, and I'm the ONLY one who does single turns at the barre and doubles in the center. Everyone else just goes mad with their turns - at least 3 in every combination. There's even problem problem with my fifth position! I seem to be the only female who does NOT do a tight toe-to-heel fifth even though I know that I have better turnout than a lot of other candidates and that my extension a la second is actually to the side. I only made past the first cut in two auditions, one AD told me that there is potential but I'm not company-ready and even asked if I trained in England? (where did he get that from? there is no mention of UK anywhere on my resume and I don't even sound british!) So now I'm panicking really badly, because I'm already 23. I took 3 years off due to an accident before coming back to training. I've finally made up my mind to to leave my old school after my June performance (next week), and am going to NYC to acquire those 6-turns, 130 degrees arabesque and get those forced tight fifth happening even if it means destroying my knees (at my current school, every time I attempt to force a tight fifth, I get lectured on "we want you to be able to walk when you are 80"). Here is my most important question: Given my specific situation, would I be better off enrolling in a full-time structured program or just take 3~4 Advanced/Professional level open classes a day (e.g. at the STEPs). Another thing I've heard about is that doing variations helps with technique because you are repeatedly doing the same steps over and over. Is it wise to spend money to get a coach in NYC and work on variations or would I be better off spending the extra $$$ on extra class, pilates, etc? Oh the third problem is: I haven't done much pas de deux, but I don't feel PDD is my training priority right now, because PDD is not often done in auditions. Can I afford to leave it until I get a job? There's not much partnering tricks used in corp so I can pick it up later right? Really appreciate your advice. Edited June 7, 2008 by blahbber Quote Link to comment
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