thislife Posted July 30, 2013 Report Share Posted July 30, 2013 (edited) Hi! This is my first post. I've read a lot of posts over the summer and I just made an account. I'm posting because I wonder if someone has some advice for me and my son. My son just turned 15 and he's been doing ballet for several years. He is not fabulous but he is pretty good. I've seen some videos on youtube of boys his age that are amazingly good and that's not him. He's good but not THAT good! In auditions he gets into the really hard summer intensives with a partial scholarship but he gets full scholarships from smaller summer intensives. Okay, that brings me to where I need advice. My son just got back from his summer intensive. It was a program in a medium size company. Big enough that they did auditions in lots of cities in America but I don't see the company talked about very much on this message board. He picked this summer intensive because he really liked the teacher at the audition and they gave him a full tuition and housing scholarship. My son LOVED the program and LOVED his main teacher. Now he really wants to be a professional dancer for this company. He has gone to 2 summer intensives before but did not like them nearly as much as he liked this one. They really like him too! They wanted him to stay during the school year with a scholarship but I don't like the idea of him staying with a host family. They said he automatically has a scholarship for next summer and they want him to be a trainee in a couple of years. The artistic director of the company likes him a lot and says he is a good fit for the company. I think this is great and so does my son. He will be at home one more year or maybe two and then get an apartment in that city when he is 16 or 17 with some other trainees. But, his teacher at home thinks its too early to think about settling down. She says if this company likes him then other companies will like him too and he needs to go to a different summer intensive next year and keep his options open. I say if he likes the company and likes the teachers and artistic director and they want him then that is just one less thing to worry about for the future. What do you think? Edited July 30, 2013 by thislife Quote Link to comment
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