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Deciding between different year-round programs...


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We are moving over the summer and need to switch schools in the Fall (11 yo DD)--DD currenlty attends Vaganova based program, and just started pointe, she would like to stay with Vaganova if possible (but she has also been trained in Cechetti).

 

We are really having a tough time deciding! I'd prefer experienced teachers and reasonable distance from home.

 

 

School #1: Vaganova based. Weekly schedule: 4 technique classes/90 minutes; 4 pointe classes/30 minutes. Small class size. Not affiliated with professional company, school is relatively new, no track record. Teachers for age range are new, no track record. Once reach age 14 must go to the full day program (character offered but no other dance) or go elsewhere. Distance from home is good. No restriction on SIs, school prefers you to stay in Vaganova SI

 

School #2: Vaganova based. Weekly schedule: 4 technique classes required/5th is optional/each is 90 minutes; 2 pointe classes/60 minutes; 1 pilates class. Average class size. Not affiliated with professional company, school is well established, good track record. Teachers experienced, good track record. Once reach age 14 must go to full day program or go elsewhere. Distance from home excellent. No restrictions on SIs.

 

School #3. Teaches primarily Balanchine style, but also classical teachers on staff. 5 technique classes/2 @ 75 minutes in length, 3 @ 90 minutes; 2 pointe clases/45-60 minutes; 1 pilates class. Average class size. Not affiliated with professional company, school is well established, good track record. Teachers experienced, good track record. All levels designed to accommodate full day of school; character and modern in upper levels. Distance from home is ok. No restrictions on SIs.

 

School #4: Classical based (Cechetti). 5 technique/90 minutes; 3 pointe classes/60-75 minutes; 1 Character weekly; 1 modern class weekly. :Larger class size. Not affiliated with professional company, school is well-established, good track record. Teachers experienced, good track record. All levels designed to accomodate full day of school. Distance from home is not great. School requires you to get permission to attend other SI's.

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Can't help you decide, but how wonderful you live in an area with so many choices!

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Looks like you have one major factor to think about- full day program or not. In a blink of an eye, your dancer will be 14.

 

You don't mention performance opportunities. I know that would be a factor for my child and financially, performance opportunites may contain hidden costs when looking at a school (participation fees, costume fees, and so on).

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I really just want the best training. She loves performing and all these schools have 2 or 3 performances per year. I think I have to eliminate School 1 because I'm not confident about their teachers. And I have to eliminate School 4 because DD does not want to be restricted to specific SIs.

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Wait, are two people considering the same set of schools??? I'm confused by your post, nycdancermom.

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