(New Mexico, USA)
Career Development Plan - What can I do to audition?
My name is Katie. I am 12 years old and have been dancing for many years. This is my second year auditioning for summer intensives and I am planning on attending the same school that I did last year. It is a small school that has no connection to a company or a full time school. It was a very good program and I am happy to go there again but I want to go bigger places. The only problem is that most schools don't hold auditions where I live or anywhere near it. My parents don't want to take me out of state for an audition, but I feel like that is the only way to get to go to the more prestigous ballet schools. Do you have any suggestions for how I can still audition for bigger schools? Thank you very much! Kathryn
Reply by Odette
To:- Career Development Plan - What can I do to audition?
Thank you for your query, it is great to hear from you.
It highly depends on your self-motivation to how you succeed in becoming a professional ballet dancer. The Seven Secrets, on the 'Seven Secrets of Ballet' page, will give you the key answers of how to thrive in the ballet world.
Summer intensives are all about gathering experience and learning in new environments. It is a great idea to do a summer intensive connected to a ballet school. This way, you start to build recognition within the institution and if they grow to like you, they could eventually offer you a place permanently at the school.
I have known several dancers who have sent off a dvd to different ballet or summer schools, instead of going to a first audition. You could perhaps consider this idea which would save your parent's option of taking you out the states to audition.
I would advise you discuss further with you parents and ballet teacher about your feelings to pursue bigger places . They will be able to support you and help make your goals happen.
All the best,
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