vaughanville Posted December 30, 2011 Report Share Posted December 30, 2011 Hello. I'm new here and posted a welcome, but the suggestion was made that I post here as well. I'm mom to a 17yo dancer with a desire to continue dancing post high school with the eventual goal of having her own studio. Unfortunately, I don't think she's had the training she really needs to audition and be accepted into any college or apprentice program at this point and I am only just now realizing it. She's been attending at a very small studio that she loves, but has never been encouraged to go to summer intensives or nor was required to audition for anything except their once-every-two-years production. Last month she auditioned for a dance conservatory program that her instructors graduated from and they nearly guaranteed her she was ready. She just received their letter of rejection. :-( The head of the dance department is very kind and gave us some encouraging words stating that while my daughter has "excellent facility for dance" and should "continue to dance and get more training", that she simply was not yet qualified for that level of a program. Now we're trying to decide what she should do next. I have no idea how to ascertain if it's just THIS program that is too much for her and perhaps we should try another or if, as the director said, she just needs a little more training and can then audition again. I did note that she was by far the youngest and smallest in the group of dancers auditioning that day. She's not interested in leaving our metropolitan area and financially it would be better for her to continue to live at home, so our options are limited. There are two good post-high school programs in the area...at least if word of mouth is to be believed. But the word depends on the mouth I guess. :-/ I just don't want her to waste more time in one of these programs if they're not going to bring her to where she needs to be. I hope to find some answers and direction here. Thank you in advance for any help that is offered and for your patience with my ignorance of the way the world of dance works. Quote Link to comment
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