Posted 16 March 2002 - 08:37 AM
The frightening thing about this kind of competition is that it fosters that kind of school. Eleven "numbers" for the competition! How much technique is being learned by these students who are doing all these "numbers" all the time? They learn to perform, and to "sell", and maybe some of them will have enough natural ability to wind up in Vegas or even MTV videos. Fine, if that is their goal. BUT, the problem comes when they think they have ballet training. They think they are "advanced" dancers, and then they audition for a pre-professioal program in ballet and find out they are teenage beginners. I had two video tapes come in this week, audition videos for our Summer Intensive. They were 15 and 16 year old girls who have danced almost all their lives, and they sent a video of themselves doing what they think is ballet. Neither of them had ever heard of turnout, placement, port de bras, or articulation of the feet. Seriously, I am not exaggerating here. It took only seconds to see that they were total beginners in ballet, and there was no way I watched either video long enough to suffer through seeing them in pointe shoes. They did not know how to relevé on demi pointe. Very sad. They are probably both "stars" in their home schools, which are definitely competition schools according to the resumés that came with the videos.
[ March 16, 2002, 08:41 AM: Message edited by: Victoria Leigh ]