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Too late to make a career?


raminoodles

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So I began ballet 2-3 years ago and have been dancing on and off, but recently have been doing it almost everyday (at the Russell School of Ballet near the D.C. area). I really have a passion for it and I want to take it to the next level. Honestly I spend a lot of my free time stretching, watching ballet videos, and day dreaming about it. I am a 21 year old male, about to be 22 in May. My teachers say I have a lot of potential, musicality, and strength but when I told them I want to do ballet as a career, they said it was too late for that, rather they suggested jazz or modern as a career. But when someone tells me its too late I just want it that much more, I love the challenge. I have been searching the web for summer intensive programs but cant seem to find one suited for me (I would say I am at an intermediate level). The Virginia Ballet offers a summer intensive which my teacher will be able to get me into, but I was thinking of a place more well known for example, PNB, Joffrey, North Carolina, Washington Ballet, etc. I feel as if I do a summer intensive it will whip me into shape and increase my chances of becoming a dancer. The question I had was, is it too late for me to start ballet and make it a career? Also do you know of any well-known companies that will accept someone my age/experience? This will be the only summer I can do an intensive then I am on my own really (the max. age I see at most places is 22).

 

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Hi, raminoodles, and welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers! :wink:

 

Cutting right to the chase, for a man, 21 is not too old to begin serious study, but for a classical ballet career, it's on the lower order of probabilities, which your teachers have told you. It may be premature absolutely to discourage pursuits in that direction though. A strong grounding in ballet technique is highly advisable for entry into any professional dance career track, so please continue study! If I were you, I'd go over to the Washington School for an audition class, particularly for the purposes of evaluation. You need a viewing by high-level instructors in order to assess your next course(s) of action.

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Thank you for your help! I am studying under 2 people right now, one who danced with ABT and the other has danced with Ailey II and Joffrey but I will still definitely go to Washington Ballet and get an evaluation. Do you think I would have a chance of getting in to the school or am I too old? Do you have any suggestions for summer intensives? Have you heard of the Virginia Ballet?

Thanks again!

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If that's the one in Fairfax, and used to be the school of Tania Rousseau and Oleg Tupine, yes, I recall them, but that was a long time ago! There's only one way to find out how you would do at Washington School, and that's to go and try. See what they advise. Sight unseen, I can't make any call on your chances.

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If that's the one in Fairfax, and used to be the school of Tania Rousseau and Oleg Tupine, yes, I recall them, but that was a long time ago! There's only one way to find out how you would do at Washington School, and that's to go and try. See what they advise. Sight unseen, I can't make any call on your chances.

 

I just got in contact with a company dancer at the Washington ballet and am waiting on a response before I go and try! Super excited :wink: But yes, that is the school in Fairfax founded by Tania Rousseau and Oleg Tupine...They have some very good instructors but I haven't heard anything about their reputation, however I believe any intensive program will be so beneficial to improving! thanks again

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Check out Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. They offer 5 week intensive and if male over 18yo some assistance if you work some hours.

http://cpyb.org/lib/uploads/2011%205_Week%...on%20(1110).pdf

Only a few hours north of Washington DC

 

Wow, I just took a look at their summer intensive and its a perfect fit for what I am trying to do! Just like you said as well, free housing for males if you work a bit. The only problem the deadline for work/study aid has past and the only way I would be able to afford it is if I had free housing. Do you think they would make any exceptions? This is the only place that does not have an age limit I am so surprised! Thanks for the tip :wink:

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