I unearthed the below from an interesting article
about what former-NBS student Neve Campbell was up to. The odds certainly appear very slim indeed of making it into a prestigious school – let alone a professional company. And how many of those who dance for a professional company stick or rise to a position above the corps de ballet?
Actually, “start” isn’t strictly accurate. The stage isn’t a foreign country for her. Like many other girls who’d studied ballet from the age of six, she dreamed of ballet school. At nine she auditioned with 2,000 others for Canada’s prestigious National Ballet School and, alongside six others, got in. “We started off dancing a minimum of five hours a day plus academic work. It’s such a big thing to be there – you’re constantly made aware of that.” Nevertheless, five years later, with solo appearances with the company already under her belt, she became the first person in 50 years to quit the school.
I have searched for this before with no luck. There doesn’t appear to be any statistics on the odds of making it in ballet. Food for thought for those in school: Do your homework! If you only exercise your body what will happen should you need to exercise your brain? A gorgeous toned body is nothing with a flabby, out–of-shape brain.