hi all!<P>well, i have spent the past week doing the assessments of dance students at the local performing arts academy, where they invite in a professional panel of 'outsiders' to appraise the students technique (only). student progress, attendance, application, etcetera - all these are separately assessed by the staff who teach them, of course.<P>anyway, having viewed the graduating class ballet, pointe, variation and pas de deux assessments, i would like to offer some information to one student, who is unlikely to get work in a suitable company in australia - or indeed in ANY company in australia - due to her height.<P>now, please don't ask me what it IS! i don't know.....but she's tall, very tall....you'll just have to take my word for it.<P>this dancer is an exceptional balletic talent, but would need to try somewhere where tall female dancers CAN be considered. i have been told by someone who should know, that major american companies usually CAN arrange green cards, if they want an employee badly enough. such a scenario is NOT impossible to imagine, in this case - or i wouldn't be wasting your time!<P>so, those of you who know the US companies - if asked to name large classical companies which have tall men, accept tall females, have a good reputation, and whose dancers may reasonably be expected to benefit from working there (i.e good classes, good staff, chancs to learn and improve and progress, etc)....where would you suggest?<P>btw, this academy requires all students to study graham technique, cunningham technique, contact and other modern approaches. i did not see these assessments, but the student would be at least competent in these, to be graduating, so a ballet company which does non-traditional things is fine too...<P>my guesses so far are PNB & SFB...what do you americans think?