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Are ballet dancers encouraged to try other dance styles?


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I know that if one wants to be a professional dancer she/he has to train intensely, but do ballet teachers usually encourage students to take classes other than ballet?

 

I've disscussed this with a few other dancers and not one of them differed in her oppinion than dancers should know more than one style, even if they have a focus. One of them (ok, that was the one that told me RAD was no good, but still:) ) even told me than no ballet company now does only ballet, they do ballet +modern or ballet +jazz (mostly ballet of course but when they audition dancers they do look for some jazz/modern skills)

 

I am really confused, I can't form an opinion.:o Most of the so-called "well rounded dancers" I know aren't very good in all their disciplines, even if they can do more than one thing. On the other hand, with chances of becoming a professional in ballet being so *slim* (no pun intended) its good to have a back up plan (unless you ONLY like ballet and no other dance styles).

 

Any opinions are welcome. Thanks!:D

p.s - I browed through the other threads and didn't see any similar to this one, but if I've missed it i'm sorry :P

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I think most of us encourage our students to study other forms of dance as well as ballet. With the varied repertoire of most companies today, some work in modern and/or jazz can be most helpful, and of course the study of these dance forms can also lead to other work if one does not make a classical company. But ballet is still the basis for the making of a dancer, and should be the primary form of study.

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Guest LMKdancer87

Hello! I think that trying different styles od dance are fine to do. Some types are even based around ballet. For exaample: jazz uses very many positions from ballet. In terms of different styles of ballet (Checetti, Balanchine Etc.) I think that dancers should train in their early ages at one school with one style, not traveling around and around to different school. When a dancer gets older, i think that its an ok idea to go to a SI at a school that trains differently. This way you can get a different flavor! At my ballet school (princeton Ballet School) A girl who was 11 o 12 years old got into SAB and was encouraged not to go. I think that was a good decision.

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Well, My teacher said that Jazz could help with ballet. And that some teachers encourage this.

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I have a friend in college, that when she auditioned for the college dance theatre, she had to be as proficent in modern and jazz as she was in ballet. They were expecting a well rounded dancer when she got there. (She is majoring in dance now)

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Guest LaFilleMalGardee

My jazz teacher said that there is a ballet company where dancers are required to dance tap because it makes their footwork faster.

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Very curious about the name of that ballet company, La Fille ;) Can you find out?

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There is an older dancer at my school and (I Don't remember the name) she was aduitioning and she had to have a modern dance to perform.

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About the company that requires tap dancing for ballet, I think this is a great idea. My ballet teacher also teaches tap and she always says that glissides are very similar to wings in tap!:D This helps us think of going up in the jump rather than side. She also tells us to quit doing shuffles in our frappe exercises!!!:D

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Guest ballet_shalom_forever

I think modern in a way is the "anti-ballet". I mean it was created as a rebel to ballet and its strict rules (notice the shifting hips/ flexed feet).

 

So its surprising to me that companies would actually want that especially since it can make the dancer a bit lazy by giving him/her a break from pointing his/her feet, curving his/her arms ect.

But I guess that if that's what companies want, that's what dancers should do:rolleyes: .

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OLD modern was the "anti-ballet". Present-day modern requires a technical edge that not everybody can get! The problem with the "anti-ballet" type of modern is that it's really very self-indulgent and based on the "anti-elitist" idea that anybody can dance. This statement is true enough, but then there's the little issue of getting people to PAY to watch just anyone dance!

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Guest ballet_shalom_forever

Yes self engulgent was the word i was looking for! Thank you!

 

By the way, LaFille, I saw a picture of pointes shoes with taps on them a few months ago. Maybe I'm 100 years behind and everyone else knows about them but I was shocked! I can't imagine dancing in shoes like that, though.

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