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2019/2020 Trainee (Auditioned Top Level of School) Congratulations


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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: Pay to attend Post Grad Program or Pay to attend 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)
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

Any words of wisdom to share about your journey, auditions, placement, etc. for those joining the journey next year?  

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  • Momof3darlings changed the title to 2019/2020 Trainee (Auditioned Top Level of School) Congratulations

Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training
: Local ballet school with pre-professional program and large youth ballet company. We knew zero about ballet and were fortunate that the school we stumbled upon when she was a toddler had such a strong program. Other than summer intensives all of her training has been in one place. 
Level of school completed: Will graduate from high school (online program) in May 
Audition method: Daughter started reaching out late fall requesting to take company class at some of her top choices to try to avoid open auditions and 'must attend SI' if possible. Following company class she spoke with the AD for a bit and then received an email with the trainee offer near the end of 2018. Contract went out in February. 
Position granted: Trainee within company (scholarship)
Location of company: US 
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No 

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Gender: Female
Main/Most recent training: Local ballet school followed by 2 years in a Professional Division at a school attached to a top US company.
Level of school completed: Graduated early last Spring
Audition method: Reached out to my top choices by sending resume and pictures requesting to take class with trainee programs and scheduling specific auditions. This allowed me to visit the facility, as well as meet the staff.
Position granted: Trainee within company
Location of company: US 
Was this contract offered at a competition or because of competition attendance? No 

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Congratulations all so far!  I have gone in and added a question that was on one of our other forms.  If you will go back and edit your post to add the question and answer if you have additional information to share.  Thanks.  The question is listed for those posting in the future.  

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