scballetmom Posted March 24, 2010 Report Share Posted March 24, 2010 First off, let me say how much I have learned from all of you on this board! I appreciate all the time and effort you have put in to provide so much information and encouragement to "newbies" like me! Thank you! We are struggling with our SI decision. Our 13 yo dd auditioned for summer intensives this spring for the first time. She was accepted to each program, with reasonable to good level placement (in the programs that indicated this information). All of the other dancers from her studio who auditioned were accepted to the programs they auditioned for as well. This makes me feel that they are getting solid training. However, although all were accepted, none (including our best dancers) received any form of scholarship or instant acceptance or any other special attention from any program. Apparently, no auditioners felt any of us had "potential" worthy of a scholarship either! Perhaps I'm reading too much into this. All of the other girls have sent in their deposits and are making travel plans for their chosen SIs. We're still on the fence. My husband is very hesitant to spend the money on the SI my daughter is most interested in. This SI will offer many dance forms (including ballroom, modern, etc.) and favors Balanchine. (DD has had no Balanchine training.) They also have a well respected Company. She was accepted to another SI about an hour away (that costs less than half of the first one and would be in commuting distance) that is strictly Vaganova. They have turned out lovely dancers and YAGP winners. They teach only ballet and some jazz at their SI. (Our studio emphasizes classical ballet and offers one jazz and one modern class weekly.) At age 13, I'm wondering which would be the best choice for her future (I know! No one has a crystal ball!). I know that the more selective SIs like to train dancers while they are "young". How young is "young"? She will be auditioning in the older groups for some programs next spring. Should we choose to hone in on Vaganova ballet technique at the closer-to-home SI (and start saving for next year) or would it be a better decision to invest in the more expensive SI and provide exposure to more forms of dance and also to Balanchine training? Is this 13th summer critical for her ballet development? Thank you for your opinions. Quote Link to comment
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