What are my odds of becoming a professional ballet dancer?
I know it's a hard question to answer without ever seeing me dance, but what are my chances of being able to make it to being a professional ballet dancer? I'll be fourteen in about a month and I'm 5'3 and 103 lbs and I'm pretty muscular and flexible. I auditioned for SAB this year but didn't make it, and there was no way my mom would let me go to an intensive yet anyway (God knows why). However, she will allow me to attend one next year (I will be fifteen in the summer) and I'm hoping to go to PNB, San Francisco, SAB, or the Hadrid Conservatory. Is it too late for my first intensive, and will this affect my chances of a career in classical ballet? I want more than anything to be a dancer and I am wiling to do whatever it takes to do so. Any tips for help would be greatly appreciated! Please help! In addition, my goal for the year is to have an impressive arabesque (as in 100-120 degrees or higher) and mine is only at about 85-90 degrees, so PLEASE HELP ME!! My ultimate dream is to dance with a company like PNB or NYCB, which I know I have like a one in a million chance of achieving, but what steps can I take each day in my dancing to get there? Please be completely, blatantly honest; I really want to know if I have a chance. Thanks :) I've been dancing for about ten years, have been en pointe for around one and a half, and although I don't attend a pre-professional school like SAB, PNBS, or the Hadrid Conservatory, the studio I dance at (in my level and up) is mainly geared towards students with professional careers in mind, although other students dance purely recreationally. However, I do hope to attend a pre-professional school for the last few years of high school, if I can get accepted and my parents are happy with the academic studies that I will have access to as well (my parents are quite intent on me having proper schooling through college if I would like to have a professional career in dance as they know very well that you cannot dance forever.). In addition, if anyone has any information about specific pre-professional schools with good academic programs (even though they may be outside of the school itself) that might be a good fit, please include that. I dance around 17-25 hours a week, depending on rehearsals, because my parents wanted me to focus on academics this year. However, next year, I will hopefully be back to around 30-35 hours a week including rehearsals.
Asked By: - 2/23/2012
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You want an honest answer and I will give it to you. Attending a summer intensive is not what it takes to become a professional ballet dancer. Many recreational ballet dancers do that as well and SI programs are mostly money makers for their school/company. If you didn't make it into SAB summer intensive, then there is... More
Answered By: mintchips49 - 2/23/2012
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You've given us the most useless information possible to make that determination. Better info would be: - are you en pointe? - how many hours a week technique classes? - do you attend a world-class pre professional school?
Answered By: K - 2/23/2012
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