swantobe Posted August 10, 2010 Report Share Posted August 10, 2010 I would really like to be a ballet teacher. But I'm behind on my technique (only RAD Intermediate level, with a lot of bad habits that need fixing I think ) but my previous teacher (who emigrated) tole me she thinks I have the ability to become a teacher, provided I can catch up and I work hard. She was talking specifically in terms of the RAD teacher's programme though, that being the context of the discussion. Anyway, I am trying to decide the best method of training for me right now...whether it be the RAD programme or a university programme. I don't have a lot of options in terms of training (i.e. can't find classes 6 days a week). I finish university at the end of this year but the RAD programme only starts again in 2012, so I have next year to work on catching up technique. These are my options for 2011: Option A: Part-time/Full-time work plus ballet training OR honours degree, part-time work and ballet training Possible schedule (this being all the classes I could take at my new studio): Monday: 90 minute Adults RAD Intermediate Foundation/non-syllabus (depending on week) class with 15-30 minutes beginner pointe included Tuesday: 75 minute RAD Intermediate class; 75 minute RAD Advanced 1 class (both possibly including pointe work) Wednesday: 90 minute Adults RAD Intermediate/non-syllabus class with possible pointe work (beginner-ish level) Thursday: 75 minute RAD Advanced 1 class; 90 minute RAD Advanced 2 class (a level above where I will be, but required by studio to try); could also do additional 75 minute RAD Intermediate class Saturday: 60 minutes body conditioning Sunday: 60-90 minute private lesson - RAD Adv Foundation I know the above is a massive mish-mash of various classes, but that is the maximum I can do at that studio, in conjunction with pilates/conditioning classes and cross-training at my health club. Pros: - I can afford this (pretty much) and this is a BIG ONE - I can work (another big one) - It is close by - I can possibly still do my graduate studies (for "Plan B") - Very small classes, individual attention - Specific RAD training (could also be a con, though) - One performance a year - Very experienced RAD teachers - Able to take numerous lower level classes to work on my difficulties/bad habits (I will be taking my RAD Intermediate in 3 weeks, so when this timetable applies, I would be in the Adv 1 class) - Already accepted into this studio and classes Cons: - Mostly RAD syllabus classes, not non-syllabus ones - No separate pointe classes, classes too short - No pas de deux, no repertoire, no different dance genres Please bear in mind that other topics, like anatomy, music, teaching etc would be covered during my RAD teacher training in 2012 and 2013; 2011 will be a "gap" year in this case where I catch up technique. Option B: University dance programme (3-4 years) Sample second semester, 1st year, schedule: Monday: 8h30- 10h30 Ballet and repertoire 10h30 - 12h00 Jazz dancing 12h00 - 13h00 History 14h30 - 17h00 Stagework Tuesday: 8h00 - 9h00 Make up 9h20 - 10h30 Contemporary 10h30 - 12h00 Music 12h00 - 13h30 Ballet 14h00 - 15h00 Dance teaching 15h00 - 16h00 Tap Wednesday: 8h00 - 9h00 Anatomy 9h20 - 10h30 Contemporary 10h30 -12h00 African dancing 12h00 - 13h00 Pointe work 13h30 - 14h30 Composition 15h00 - 16h00 Dance teaching Thursday: 9h00 - 10h30 Ballet 10h30 - 12h00 Body conditioning 12h30 - 13h30 Stagework 14h00 - 15h00 History Friday: 8h30 - 10h30 Ballet 10h30 - 11h30 Pas de duex 11h30 - 12h30 African dancing 12h30 - 13h30 Creative movement 14h00 - 15h00 Performance class (I assume the ballet technique classes include some pointe...???) Pros: - More training, not RAD specific, range of things taught - Experienced teachers - Other dancers specifically focused on a career in dance Cons: - Not sure AT ALL how I might afford this - Not able to work (at all, owing to commute especially) - Minimum 2 hours commuting each day, including expensive petrol, tolls. No viable public transport system up and running yet (although hopefully the trains will be up in the next 2 years). - Not accepted into this programme yet, haven't auditioned yet - Have yet to fully investigate this programme (in terms of visiting etc; have only spoken to someone in the programme) although planning to in the near future - Larger classes, less concentration on ballet specifically That's just all I can think of for the time-being, need to run to university right now. I know it may seem silly, but syllabus training in my country is really big - most parents who are looking for recreational training for their children (recreational training being my aim) will look for RAD or Cecchetti schools and teachers. Having a degree from a university, without the ensuing RAD qualification, might not be a viable option for me, and it is unlikely I will be able to afford to do both the university programme and then the RAD programme. The commute, expense and lack of ability to work may be dealbreakers for me on the university programme. I'm not sure a student loan would be a wise option (if banks give student loans to dance majors...?) and there are no scholarships/bursaries available unless you are really talented, which I am not. Input from both RAD and non-RAD teachers, adults etc would be appreciated! Quote Link to comment
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