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  1. Yes, I agree bridiem. Change is a fact - especially if you look outside the big classical companies. If a company has a significant contemporary ballet rep. then it might be an idea to train and select dancers that have the ideal physicality for that. This facility and aesthetic can be different from that of the ideal classical dancer. Still can't see this as women struggling to keep up.. More that there is scope for vocational school and artistic directors to broaden their view of what a ballet dancer should look like.The upside is also more diversity. (just trying to make lemonade out of lemons here)
  2. Thank you Sadielou for the report from the trenches! I wish your DC all the best. I found the topic: Investment in the Doing Dance forum helpful after reading the posts in this thread. Really, ballet training is a very dodgy investment. It is better for me to view this training as a 'lifestyle' that we have chosen. It must be positive for her 'overall' development if we continue to pursue this and finance it. That is the test not whether she has a career in it. That is how I want to approach this journey based on what I am learning. Others will see things differently. If my non-dancing DD goes to a job/internship interview and she is told "there is no job" or she is disrespected then I would expect her to stick it out for the experience OR feel free to walk out the door. This is something I wish to instill in my dancing DD too.
  3. Thanks for this! Great mindset for parents and students. Yes, for my DD, ballet training is a 'lifestyle' that she has chosen and we are - mostly - enjoying the bumpy ride so far. The time and money put into it is not an 'investment'. It would not stack up. Note to self - we do not need a prize at the end.
  4. RBS will be teaching and holding auditions at ARDA's Summer School in December - Brisbane, Australia. ARDA is the Annette Roselli Dance Academy. They posted on their social media, with a more info to follow tag. Probably runs like the Chicago and San Fran auditions in January i.e. where the audition is preliminary and leads to admission to final audition in London
  5. Please excuse my misspelling of Yuri Fateev's name!
  6. I just added a topic to the Doing Dance section: Mariinsky Ballet Ask the Expert YAGP interview Interesting interview with Yuri Fateev of the Mariinsky. He tells the story of Xander Parish at 28:30 which ties in with the video discussed in this topic.
  7. Interesting interview with Yuri Fatee about what the Mariinsky looks for in dancers. He talks about their classical/modern mix i.e. 80/20 or 85/15 at 6:00 on, the Corp being one of the stars of the Mariinsky at 11:40 and the style that is developed over many years of training 14:15 He speaks of Xander Parish's rise to principal at 28:30 which ties in with the video in the topic: Xander Parish Promotion under the Dance News & info section of this Forum.
  8. This was wonderful to watch, thank you! It is so important for young ones to see this. Getting into a great school and company does not mean that you live happily ever after. Xander backed himself and took a big risk in order to grow and continue developing as a dancer.. Also loved hearing about and seeing the massive stage behind the stage at Marinsky and the contrast between the new and old theaters - sigh.
  9. It is tough all right and probably very bewildering. All the best with the auditions!
  10. Are you talking about 17/18 years old? Princess Grace of Monaco and several of the German schools e.g. John Cranko Schule, Palucca etc sometimes take students in their final year which might work for your DD. Obviously entry is highly competitive. Have you also thought about some of the top Australian ballet schools? Some of these vocational schools - not associated with a company - are highly motivated to help their students get into top schools or companies. They act as finishing schools and have established networks and can help with audition tours and videos. In the USA there are pre-professional options and university programs.
  11. LearningCurve, I don't think you should duck! You're just calling it as you see it. It does sound like there is a fantastic opportunity however for someone to head your way and offer an outstanding classical program! It can be done. Australian cities are comparatively small in terms of population but there are schools that consistently produce students (12-18) who are offered places in the top UK, EU and USA schools.
  12. Someone who went the other night said that they wished more principals and soloists had been cast e.g. as planets etc. I understand this was how it was when Ratmansky first staged this with The Australian Ballet in 2015 and that it was magical. Sophoife, you are guaranteed a wonderful night attending Cinderella with the Stojmenov/Campbell pairing . I checked my calendar again yesterday to see if I could make their 12 or 14 December Sydney performances. But no. Have fun for all of us!
  13. The young lady referred to was already known to RBS through their summer schools. One avenue has closed for now, YAGP, but there are certainly other ways that international young dancers can and do get themselves seen - RBS intensives and auditions... I think it highlights the questions raised by a few people here.... what is the standard now expected of a 15/16 year old? Is the Lower School training that a student receives going to get them to the required standard for Upper School? Is selection at 11/12 years old for a vocational school logical?
  14. Oh no! We can't do either of those dates. Please advise if you hear about any other options....
  15. Oh that is interesting. Definitely sheds some light on it for me! The Prix did lower the age limit to 14 1/2 years old last year which helped some people. As I say, it felt as though the older ones were more represented in the Finals but sometimes you can get what you want without reaching the last round. Some of the elite international ballet schools like to take students at a young age, e.g. 15 and under, and don't have the same lower school/upper school distinctions you mentioned. In Australia, most school leavers are 18 but quite a lot will be 17. Also you could leave school at 16/17 with ROSA, record of school achievement, and build on that (e.g. online) to get Higher School Certificate and tertiary qualifications later.
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