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Author:  LisaRG [ Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:56 pm ]
Post subject:  New student at the School of American Ballet

Hello,
I'm new here - and a dance mom (yuck). My 8 year old will start her first year at SAB in September. Does anyone know the acceptance rate for winter term audition. I wasn't sure we would pass the audition based on rumors. Also, does anyone have advise to prepare her for this experience.
Thanks

Author:  Dean Speer [ Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

At that age, particularly if she's already in the school, I don't think you all have anything much to worry about. Never the less, you can coach her -- that if indeed an audition is required -- for her to treat it like she's taking a regular class (which it typically is) and not to get too nervous over it. Taking auditions is something that she can get familiar with and more comfortable with, even if the tummy butterflies never quite go away [which is a good thing].

Passing or not passing an audition is not necessarily a reflection on her ability, talent, or love of ballet and dance. Sometimes it's more of "Are we a good fit?"

She should try to have fun and be excited about it, rather then chewing her nails.

Those watching auditions often look for things beyond raw talent -- how well do they learn and take direction? Are they prepared? [On time, hair up, in clean leotard and tights, shoes.] Are their faces bright and excited?

Hope this helps and best wishes to your child for happy dancing!

Author:  LisaRG [ Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

Thank you so much for your response. Actually she already auditioned and funny enough I did what you suggested. I told my DD it was a camp for the afternoon. We were accepted in May for winter term. I was just wondering if it is highly competitive - I heard it was for the 6 year olds, but wasn't sure about the 8 year olds. I am not sure if I should get involved with prepping her for classes since I am not a dancer, although it was a great love of mine 100 years ago when I was young. She took from the NJ Ballet and ABT JKO division but she needs work on her port de bras (spelling?). Maybe I should leave it to the instructors?
Lisa

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Author:  Dean Speer [ Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

At the age of 8, she has about 10 years of training ahead of her, so patient encouragement must be exercised. She'll get what she needs at SAB and you can certainly be at her side, cheerleading.

Port de bras is important (very) and that will continually be addressed every class she takes during the long process, through daily practice and ensample.

Author:  LisaRG [ Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

Dear Dean,
Thank you so very much for your guidance! It is truly appreciated.

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Author:  jellybean [ Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

Howdy, my own daughter started at SAB at 8 as well, WELCOME! We are now in our 5th year. Just a heads up to the social environment, the kids are great, parents not so great. Also, be aware that the school re evaluates the students yearly and cuts are made every year. There is no guarantee from year to year. It can be a rough for child to deal with the idea of getting cut. Oh and the gossip at this school is terrible, always check facts with the school, the staff are wonderful. Again welcome :D

Author:  Umair [ Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

At that age, particularly if she's already in the school, I don't think you all have anything much to worry about. Never the less, you can coach her -- that if indeed an audition is required -- for her to treat it like she's taking a regular class (which it typically is) and not to get too nervous over it. Taking auditions is something that she can get familiar with and more comfortable with, even if the tummy butterflies never quite go away [which is a good thing].

Passing or not passing an audition is not necessarily a reflection on her ability, talent, or love of ballet and dance. Sometimes it's more of "Are we a good fit?"

She should try to have fun and be excited about it, rather then chewing her nails.

Those watching auditions often look for things beyond raw talent -- how well do they learn and take direction? Are they prepared? [On time, hair up, in clean leotard and tights, shoes.] Are their faces bright and excited?

Hope this helps and best wishes to your child for happy dancing! :P :evil: 8)


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Author:  LisaRG [ Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Worried about Parent Teacher Conference

Hello. Not sure if anyone is out there. I posted almost one 1/2 years ago when my daughter was accepted into SAB. It has been wonderful! Last year her student teacher conference was quick. This year they have asked for a special 15 minute meeting. Her observation class went well, but she had a few weaknesses that could be worked on, otherwise her legs are lovely and strong as is her turnout and feet. I must admit I am freaking out. She is only 9 - 10 next month. I hope this will not be the case but this school is very competitive. I wonder if any other parent has had a special conference and had it go well. And does anyone know if SAB has tutors?

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Author:  Dean Speer [ Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

As students progress, you can expect -- and should want and seek -- more in-depth assessments. View this as an opportunity to have a conversation. Not only is it feedback but a chance for you and/or your daughter to ask questions.

Author:  LisaRG [ Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New student at the School of American Ballet

Yes you are correct. I am eager to find out if there is anything we can do to help her along. I am not sure if they can tell if she is suited for classical dance by 10 years old - this is only her 2nd year training with them. Whatever they suggest I will respect. I trust them impeccably. If we must move on, I will be sad, but grateful. They have laid an incredible foundation for her. She loves the performing arts, especially broadway dance and Jazz. Thank your for your help.

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