Kjersten Posted August 8, 2011 Report Share Posted August 8, 2011 I won't fit the "16 & under" category for much longer now, but I figured I'd use it while it lasts. This is my situation, which I am both nervous about and bewildered as to what is the best thing to do. I could fill pages with this story, but I'll try to keep it concise. (I am also expecting that, in doing this, someone will post a link to a topic very similar to this one, and that I can gain advice in that manner; essentially, this is a "late starter" post, and I apologize if the administrators deem it redundant.) I have been dancing for close to two years now; however, my first studio was unfortunately not serious, and so I think of my serious ballet training as having started about 10 months ago. As I have said, I am sixteen years old, and live in southern California. I will be a senior this September, and will too soon be at the post-high school crossroads. My mother wants me to go to college, but I have recently and honestly come to the conclusion that academics do not interest me much; I want nothing more than to dance and pursue a career while I am young and able. My difficulty with applying to companies, is my level of experience. (To give you an idea, here's a few things: I dance 17 hours a week, almost all technique; I have solid double pirouettes; my developpés are above 120º to the front and side, 90º to the back; I have oversplits to the left and right, and 180º to the center. My worst aspects are my back, and my feet. I began pointe 4 weeks ago, and despite stretching my feet 30 minutes/day, have a hard time getting over my box due to inflexible ankles–genetics be darned.) I am looking into college programs, both in-state and out-of-state, though I would rather take up a pre-professional program: I get the feeling there is no program that would take me, because there are so many other sixteen-year-olds at a professional level already. But getting into a good dance department is no easier: I feel like I wouldn't have a chance at an Indiana U or Butler U audition... What I need right now is advice, and recommendations. Are there colleges that do "placement," rather than "yes/no" admissions? Are there pre-professional/trainee programs that would give me a shot? I'm a hard worker, but my technique/rotation/turns/extensions/et cetera does not yet reflect it... Thank you so much, in advance. I am very nervous, and any and all guidance is appreciated. Quote Link to comment
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