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Contemporary schools with strong ballet influence


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Hi there,

 

I'm living in Ireland and have two years left in secondary school, so I'm starting to look at possible colleges to audition for in 2016. I'd like to train as a contemporary dancer, but would prefer to go to a college that would also give me a strong ballet base. Although I am interested in and enjoy performing most modern and contemporary dance styles, I love more ballet influenced choreography, and watching contemporary dancers who clearly have a strong ballet technique (like the dancer of Nederlands Dans Theater!)

 

I was wondering if anyone knew of any schools that would be suitable for me? I'm looking for somewhere where I can study for a BA in dance, and am thinking of schools in Europe. I've been looking at Fontys Dansacademie in the Netherlands, Palucca Hochschule in Germany and maybe Rosella Hightower in Cannes... does anyone know anything about these schools or have any others to suggest?

 

Thank you, any help would be much appreciated!!  :)

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Ram bert is a clear option and takes from age 16. London Contemporary Dance School takes from 18 and the ballet is ballet for contemporary dance. My DD went there already with Adv 1 and was still challenged to be the best she could. There is unlikely to be any opportunity to do pointe work but that easily changes. Northern School of Contemporary dance is very similar. Central is ballet but with good contemporary. You may need to decide what your focus is. Most ballet companies have contemporary style works within their repertoire.

 

Heather

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I know a few dancers who trained and then went on to dance, in the Netherlands, they can't speak highly enough of the colleges they attended. 

Hi Ellie, after doing a bit of research loads of schools in the netherlands have come up as looking good, it looks like the place to go right now! I know some girls who go to Fontys dansacademie, and they're really enjoying their training.

Thanks Skydancer! Will let you know how I get on!

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