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Archived: 2014-17 Post Grad/Trainee Congratulations


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Thank you everyone for the congrats. I still can't believe that he is starting his career!. The best of luck for everyone going down this difficult path.

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Gender: Female

 

Main/Most recent training: Small ballet school- first local and then in nearby major city.
Audition method: Summer intensive. This program does not require SI attendance for the position, but this is how dd ended up with a position.
Position granted: Trainee as school
Position process/progress: from outside
If Trainee: School trainee. Program is considered a bridge between student and company life. There is also a paid second company. Trainee program is tuition based with financial aid and scholarship money available. Scholarship money is available for those that do attend the SI (this is what it said within information dancer was given with the official offer). Tuition without scholarship is very similar to what we had paid for about half as many hours of instruction for the last several years. Program runs 6-8 hours/day.
Location of company: US
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No. Dancer has never competed.

In the middle SI audition season, dd had decided that she did not want to seek a trainee position for the following year. She thought she wanted to stay at her non-company affiliated ballet school for one more year, to polish what she had been learning there. She was not sure she was quite ready technically for the next step but she had only been at her new school for a short while and did not know how she would feel come summer. This company was one that the faculty at her school thought would be a particularly good match. Looks they were right about that. :)

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Gender: Male

Main/Most recent training: Small local pre-professional ballet school. 1st summer intensive with company program gotten through YAGP. 2nd year asked to return on full tuition scholarship. 3rd year asked to return but went to another program on full room/board/tuition (hated it). Went back to major company on full tuition scholarship this summer.

Level of school completed: Completed HiSet equivalency tests at age 17.

Audition method: Trainee audition while at summer intensive.

Position granted: Trainee

Positon process/progress: NA

Location of company: US

Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No had another offer to a different company's Trainee program through YAGP he was not able to take due to cost.

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Congrats the dancers and their parents!! It's so exciting for us to see people we "know" making their ways in the world. Love these stories of dancers finding their paths....

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The time is here! While it's still early for Trainees, conferences are beginning for current Ballet Company members. We want to celebrate, congratulate and share in the joy of our parents, dancers and even teachers who have students reaching the goals of one of the following: Post Grad Program or Trainee program at a Company related school

The purpose of this thread is to congratulate those who have accepted a position at a Post Grad Dance program for further study or a Trainee program that is professional school related for further study.

We ask that our Trainee/2nd company auditionees wait to share until they have made a FINAL decision where they are going. We do not want this thread to become a string of acceptances and scholarship information. We want to celebrate your transition into the professional world and that includes your decision on an actual offer to take. Teachers, please have permission of your parent/dancer to post.

In prior years, this thread has not only been used to celebrate, but also to track, confirm and debunk some of the "beliefs" out there about who and how contracts are received. So we do ask that you share a bit about your journey without too many specifics. This helps our younger members see the wide variety of training, acceptances, etc. that come from our membership. We understand that we are but a very small segment of the ballet world here at BTFD, but over time, we've learned that we can see trends within our membership.

Feel free to either write the information in paragraph form or use the guideline we've developed over time.

So as coined by one of our members, Let the "Contractuballetions" begin:

(Sample form)
Gender:
Main/Most recent training
: (ex. small local school, small company affiliated school, residency, etc. Do not list the program unless you want to)
Level of school completed: high school grad, partial college, college grad
Audition method: SI audition, Company Class, Cattle Call, Video, YAGP, etc.
Position granted: Secured Trainee position as school, Trainee as company, Apprentice with pay or without, Corp, Soloist, etc.
Position process/progress: promoted from Trainee, promoted from Apprentice, from "outside", 2nd year in same position, etc.
If Trainee: School Trainee, Bridge Trainee or if 2nd company does it function as school/company
Location of company: US, Canada, Europe, etc., not the actual city or company itself unless you'd like to share
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? Yes/No, explain if necessary

What words of wisdom would you offer those coming behind you about your journey or what you've learned being in the journey?

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The time is here! While it's still early for Trainees, conferences are beginning for current Ballet Company members. We want to celebrate, congratulate and share in the joy of our parents, dancers and even teachers who have students reaching the goals of one of the following: Post Grad Program or Trainee program at a Company related school

 

The purpose of this thread is to congratulate those who have accepted a position at a Post Grad Dance program for further study or a Trainee program that is professional school related for further study.

 

We ask that our Trainee/2nd company auditionees wait to share until they have made a FINAL decision where they are going. We do not want this thread to become a string of acceptances and scholarship information. We want to celebrate your transition into the professional world and that includes your decision on an actual offer to take. Teachers, please have permission of your parent/dancer to post.

In prior years, this thread has not only been used to celebrate, but also to track, confirm and debunk some of the "beliefs" out there about who and how contracts are received. So we do ask that you share a bit about your journey without too many specifics. This helps our younger members see the wide variety of training, acceptances, etc. that come from our membership. We understand that we are but a very small segment of the ballet world here at BTFD, but over time, we've learned that we can see trends within our membership.

Feel free to either write the information in paragraph form or use the guideline we've developed over time.

So as coined by one of our members, Let the "Contractuballetions" begin:

(Sample form)
Gender:
Main/Most recent training
: (ex. small local school, small company affiliated school, residency, etc. Do not list the program unless you want to)
Level of school completed: high school grad, partial college, college grad
Audition method: SI audition, Company Class, Cattle Call, Video, YAGP, etc.
Position granted: Secured Trainee position as school, Trainee as company, Apprentice with pay or without, Corp, Soloist, etc.
Position process/progress: promoted from Trainee, promoted from Apprentice, from "outside", 2nd year in same position, etc.
If Trainee: School Trainee, Bridge Trainee or if 2nd company does it function as school/company
Location of company: US, Canada, Europe, etc., not the actual city or company itself unless you'd like to share
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? Yes/No, explain if necessary

What words of wisdom or reflection would you offer those coming after you?:  

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I am looking forward to reading about everyone's Post Grad/Trainee acceptances for next year! 

Someone has to go first, so I'll take the plunge (although it's just a re-invite and nothing new).  

Gender: Male (age 19)

Main/Most recent training: Currently a 1st Year Washington Ballet Studio Company dancer (Houston Ballet 10th & 11th grade, Harid Conservatory 12th grade)  

Level of school completed: High School Graduate

Audition Method: For current 1st year position: SI Audition + sent audition videos/pis/resume to both the company and school.  Received an invitation to take company class, then received a verbal offer after two days of class  

Position Granted: 2nd Year Studio Company Dancer, with verbal offer of a promotion into company the following year

Position Process: 2nd year in same position, offered during Spring Conference with the company AD

Position Function (school, company, etc): The Studio Company functions as an extension of the company, generally dancing the corps roles in company productions.  They also combine with the Trainees and some upper-division academy students to do their own performances 2-3 times per year.  

Location of Company: Washington DC

Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No

What words of wisdom or reflection would you offer those coming after you?:  If your dancer finds himself/herself in the fortunate position of having multiple offers, go with the company that has the most supportive AD.  My son has had a wonderful year, and I strongly believe that much of that can be attributed to the fact that his AD (Julie Kent) is extremely kind, generous, supportive, and fair.  She sets a positive tone for the company, and that positive attitude has made a world of difference.  

As I mentioned above, it's just a re-invite, so nothing major.  But, I was very happy and relieved to hear that he has a verbal offer on being promoted into the company after completing his 2nd year in the Studio Company.   If you have a dancer in this "young-adult-transitioning-into-professional" stage, then you know how nerve-wracking it is wondering if their current internship-type position will lead to an actual company offer!  Obviously things could change between now and then, but it's good to know that he's on track.
 

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