puzzler Posted January 24, 2009 Report Share Posted January 24, 2009 I'll preface this by saying DD is at a competition school that really emphasizes ballet and technical training. DD would like to dance professionally but knows her body type and style of moving is better suited for contemporary dance than classical ballet. She has attended summer programs for the last 4 years and has had success at SI auditions from top tier and regional programs. her home studio knows and nurtures her and we trust the advice of her teachers regarding preparation for a professional dance career - probably not at NYCB but that's not her goal We are likely facing a cross country move this year. We are considering a shift to a pre-pro ballet school as we know there is no disadvantage to taking more ballet at this point in her training. She loves the intensity of her current school but is not motivated by competition. Here's my question: DD attended an SI audition recently and several parents were talking about dancers who transfer from one pre-pro school to another at 15 - 17. It seems that the climate at some schools means that new students are viewed mainly as threats to the hierarchy in terms of getting roles in productions. We are comfortable with her being placed at "lower" levels to ensure she has appropriate technical skills. this isn't an issue of feeding her ego, but whether or not we'd want to make an already difficult transition even harder for her. We understand the competitive nature of dance and that she will always be competing for a role or "spot" but is this attitude common to pre-pro schools? If not, can those who have made the switch to a new school at a later age suggest questions or red flags to keep an eye out for as we explore her options? Quote Link to comment
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