LabGranny Posted August 23, 2011 Report Share Posted August 23, 2011 DD is a high school senior and is still ironing out her plans for next year. She is planning on focusing on contemporary ballet. We have been researching schools for a while and did some visits this spring and summer. My question is, based on the economy, does it make sense to go to a more well known expensive school? We have some programs here in state that have BFAs in Dance. They are not that well known, but are much more in our budget. Plus, I would think she would have a better chance at scholarships. A second question is who to listen to in terms of what school is good and what is not. We visited a very prestigious classical program this summer and met with the department head. He knew and we knew it wasn't going to be a good fit for DD, since it is so classical. He was graious enough to spend an hour with us talking about what schools are good. He asked why DD wasn't staying in Oregon. He said one of our schools was a solid contemporary program. DD's dance teachers haven't felt that it was. Who would have a better thumb on the pulse of what is good in a school, the head of such a good program or someone local who might hear more about the work. The school is a couple of hours away and DD's teacher admits he hasn't seen a lot of their work. A second teacher also said it was just mediocre, which leads back to question #1, whether mediocre is good enough in this economy. Any input? Thanks! Quote Link to comment
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