learning.a.lot Posted March 5, 2013 Report Share Posted March 5, 2013 Noting the feedback from Audition tours this year in Europe, Diane said: Yep, grim is the word, all right. We have not yet heard of any contracts being given; most dancers appear to be "sitting tight", if they have a job. For students it is not nice. Many companies either have no contracts or only want dancers with "at least two years professional experience". After one audition - invitation only - where (still student) DD got to the end and was called in to talk to the AD, she was told that there were no contracts to be given,but that she should "come back next year". -sigh- And Swanchat noted: I think our thoughts that 2% may have shriveled to 1% with the growth in supply of dancers and decreasing demand. I do hope others will share what they are seeing out there. DD heard from her former schoolmates that it is quite grim for new dancers looking for jobs although the Royal Ballet has hired a record 5 students from the current RBS graduating class! Being an optimist in general, I am curious, having read back several years on this forum, as to how it differed in "good" times compared to the hyper-competitive and bleak picture Diane and Swanchat reveal. It seems to have been this way back through the early 2000s, worsening in 2008, and never really getting better. Did ballet auditions have less dancers show up 10 years ago? Were there more positions offered 10 years ago? Were there more companies, ... or less well trained dancers looking for work? Are there just more schools today turning out too many well trained and excellent dancers for too few spots? If there are so many dancers looking for work, perhaps ballet has become more popular? More people who love it and will go to it...increasing revenue, then increasing jobs? DD was told to be opportunistic by several professionals...and you never know where that opportunity shall arise. Planning a future in ballet has never seemed to be easy or certain. Or was it once? A book I have said that a ballet dancer has a one in a million chance of being a professional. Similar to a child desiring to be a professional baseball player or soccer player. It seems true now. Was it always? Quote Link to comment
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