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  1. Graduate destinations from contemporary based university dance courses do vary from university to university but most are geared towards preparing graduates for freelance work. Many also go on to do PGCE courses either to teach dance in secondary schools or to become primary school teachers. What students end up doing after graduation depends largely on what they have the confidence to pursue, which is often influenced by what kind of experience and training they had prior to starting the course. Those pursuing freelance work often end up with a portfolio career involving teaching classes and workshops, directing and choreographing youth and community dance groups as well as performing in small scale companies, possibly ones they have formed themselves. There is also the possibility to go into dance development or arts administration, either full time or as part of a portfolio career. I think your daughter needs to investigate some of these university courses and see whether the kind of jobs graduates are getting are something she'd be interested in. I did a dance degree myself and some of the students came to the course with unrealistic expectations of what they would be doing at the end of it.
  2. Surely not. After all, only three of the RB apprentices were kept on so there would have been no guarantees either way. In his position, I would have chosen the POB contract and would stay in Paris now. It will be interesting to see what he does. Perhaps a question for another thread but what's the deal with the ENB auditions? I saw them advertised, but are they regular ongoing contracts or short term just for one production? If it's the former, do they usually recruit in this way?
  3. Yes. Plus, it's a London based company. I don't think it's a big deal that they're taking this angle. Do they? I don't believe Julian MacKay got a mention when he left, he just kind of disappeared and it was later reported on here where he was heading but the RB didn't say anything. Shame about Di Primo, I was hoping we would see more of him. I had wondered from the start whether his height might be a problem, but in the end it seems there were not many male contracts available this year anyway. I do hope he is successful in getting a contract elsewhere.
  4. My Dad used to not like paying at the pump in the Tesco garage, but one day he went in the kiosk to pay and when he signed they told him his signature didn't match the one on his card! He signed again but they would no accept that the card belonged to him. Eventually a supervisor was called and my Dad explained that he could have simply paid at the pump without having to produce a signature at all, which is what he does every time now!
  5. You've received some good replies here, Jellyfish. I am curious as to your background. What attracted you to ballet? You say you're 23 now. Have you trained for a different profession? Some posters have mentioned Matthew Bourne who started training at 22, but I think 22 was the age he started at Laban, I don't think he went there with absolutely no previous experience did he? I would also like to add that it is a little easier for men to get into dance later than it is for women, it is infinitely easier to get into contemporary dance at a later age than ballet, and was probably easier to start later at the time Bourne started his training than it is now. He has mentioned in interviews that at the time, Laban was considered one of the easiest schools to get in to. Now it's one of the most selective. Jellyfish, at the age of 23 there are still a number of ways you can earn a living from classical ballet. Perhaps you have the potential to be a teacher, or maybe a stage manager, lighting designer/ technician, stage designer, costume designer/ maker, administrator or many other roles essential to the running of a ballet or dance company. Alternatively, maybe a career as a performer in a different field would appeal.
  6. Even a place at vocational dance school isn't a ticket to the profession!
  7. Wow, I'm so impressed with the way ROH have dealt with this. I hope you and DD will enjoy jewels. I had my first migraine at 11 but my second wasn't until many years later when my oldest daughter was 5 months. I got them fairly frequently after that but they seem to have tailed off again now (I hope!) I hope it turns out to be an isolated incident for your DD.
  8. Festival bingo!
  9. How much time have you got off? What are your plans for after you graduate? A summer school could be a chance to make connections that will come in useful later. If your summer holiday won't be super short, you could do a week close to when you finish for the summer then you'd still have a decent amount of rest. Are you having to work during the summer too?
  10. Just an update on this as I have only been able to watch part of the selections so far, after the initial information was published, an updated document was released to the candidates with the following announcement: IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THE COMPETITION PROCEDURE DOCUMENT This year, male candidates can wear colored t-shirts during the competition, as long as they are close-fitting. However, they must wear black tights, white socks and white shoes. I guess that solves part of the mystery for this year at least, although I have seen black socks and shoes as well as flesh shoes without socks (for classical) from the men ;-) I haven't finished watching the selections but Joshua Jack Price impressed me the most so far. Looking forward to watching the final on playback later! Edited to add: Anyone else find the commentary a bit annoying? It's mostly "good girl!" and "He did very well!"
  11. It's definitely not essential but unlike auditions for lower school where they're looking purely for potential, you do need to have reached a certain standard to get into an upper school. A full time vocational lower school will (or should) provide the necessary level of training to reach that standard but it is not the only route. There are different challenges for students who don't enter full time training until 16+, lots of joggling and often difficulty in finding enough classes to accumulate enough training hours but it can definitely be done. It is easier in some areas than others.
  12. There is some discussion about this in the pinned "Information for lower School Auditions" post pinned at the top of the forum. Best of luck to your DD :-)
  13. A strange and probably insignificant thing I've wondered for the last few years is why do some candidates break the dress code? You reach a high enough standard to enter and then beat the odds to be selected, they specify that male candidates should wear black tights and white leotards, females in pink tights and sleeveless leos, but yesterday and today there were guys in black and coloured shirts and I remember previously seeing girls in sleeved leos. I wonder if the organisers say anything about it and also why the candidates "risk" it! Maybe I only think about it because I'm the type who would fear getting kicked out if wearing the wrong thing! Random musings aside, here's today's livestream for those who missed it:
  14. I think you need to get your ballet teacher involved in explaining to your parents what it takes to make it into a full time vocational training programme at 16. At your age, even 2 classes a week is not really enough to get you to the standard required for somewhere like the Royal Ballet School. Has your teacher got experience in preparing students for vocational school? Has he or she got other students on associate schemes? If you're successful in being accepted to the associate scheme, your associates teacher can help with speaking to your parents. If you're not accepted to the associate programme, see if there are other associate schemes you can audition for.