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2019/2020 Company, Apprentice, 2nd Company, Trainee Congrats thread

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Momof3darlings

The purpose of this thread is to congratulate those who have accepted a paid positions with a professional company or are furthering their training in a company training position such as a Bridge program that falls halfway between company and school.  This does not include those that are simply a transition to the top level of a Company school.  In all of these positions there will be some sort of pay be that pointe shoes, pay per performance , or a full company or 2nd company contract. This thread is for those who have made the transition from student to professional because of the contract status with the actual company.  Some Trainee programs will meet these standards and others will not.  If you are unsure, instead of posting that in this thread, please pm one of our Moderators.

If you are the parent or dancer whose journey is documented in prior years, please feel free to update with your dancers current situation, changes along the way, be that still dancing, going back to school or fully engaged in a new career.  Those questions will be italicized in this form.  

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?

 

 

If "graduated" on to college, other careers, teaching, other positions after dancing professionally for a time, etc.  Please share that path and wisdom from it:   

 

Anything else you'd like to share about the actual journey:

 

 

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AdagioMom

Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training: Large school attached to a professional company, graduating out of the trainee type division

Level of school completed: High School Grad
Audition method: Audition held at school, by visiting company AD
Position granted: Secured apprentice position with company, paid AGMA contract with benefits, shoes, etc.
Position process/progress: Promoted through the home ballet school, all the way up through the training division
Location of company: United States
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No

 

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

Dds journey appears to be a little unusual, in that she received all of her training at the same place.  She went to a wide array of summer intensives over the years, many of them the big 3-letter schools, but not all.   And although she went to several well known SIs, she only got scholarship money offered a few times, and never a full scholarship (they ranged from 1/4-3/4 tuition only-- and I think she got 4 offers over all the years of many, many auditions).  It's funny how we thought where she went for summer was so important several years back, and I also worried she wasn't getting the scholarship offers others were getting . . . .  but found when it came time to audition for jobs--  the ADs are looking at what they see in front of them (just like a lot of people said here on BT4D).   The dancer's technique, artistry and work ethic were what the ADs were paying attention to . . . only looking at the resume and finding out more information about the dancer after the interest was already there based on first look.  Also, my dd is not the super slim type, but more athletic and muscular .  Don't count your kid out if they don't have the waif-like look.  She has always looked pretty healthy and athletic.    I think I will also add, I believe the mental game is so much more important than we ever realized or understood.  A dancer has to keep upping their game and stick to it, even when things are not going well or the way you hope they will.  Ballet is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure! 

 

Anything else you'd like to share about the actual journey:  My daughter is most grateful to have a job at 18, as so many of her trainee friends are struggling to find a position.  Many have decided to move on, going to college or other pursuits.  But several dancers everyone thought would get jobs, and who are actively seeking them right now, are coming up empty so far.  There is still time, but the process is brutal and demoralizing for so many.   There is a lot of stress involved.   Also, decide what you are willing to support.  She had one initial offer of interest with a very small company who has a new artistic director planning to grow the company, but currently they pay very, very little for only 20 weeks and about 20 performances a year.  This would require a full time job  to support dance as a side adventure.  We were not will to support her in that, but some families might be willing to do so if they thought it could be a stepping stone.  In the end, she did not end up where she thought she would for a job, but is excited to start this next part of her ballet career and to actually receive a decent paycheck  and benefits doing so. 

Thi

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nynydancer

Adagio mom, this is outstanding news and very inspiring!  Congratulations!

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NYCMOM

Congratulations to you and your DD, AdagioMom! 

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ballet1310

Congrats ! All good advice also 😀

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LuvTuTuBallet

Congratulations to your daughter!! Thank you for sharing her story along with some good advice!

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julisha

AdagioMom, congratulations to your daughter!  Brava!  Thank you for the amazing advice!

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learningdance

Congrats! 

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Funfetti

Congratulations, AdagioMom! Thank you for passing on your wisdom, your experience, your hindsight. Grateful for your willingness to share. 

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Marseas Mom

Fantastic News! Congratulations to you and your DD!!

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OkieMom

Great news and congratulations! 

 

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Lady Elle

That's fantastic AdagioMom!  Yay!!

 

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whippet2me

Congratulations AdagioMom and Your lovely and very talented dd🎉.  I'm sure that her placement is well deserved.  The years of dedication and commitment to your daughters training path is inspiring l.  So happy for all of you💓

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Balletmom2000

Congrats!

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mom2two

Yay!!  So glad to hear some positive news coming from this audition cycle. Congrats!!

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