I've been wondering something. Why is it that some dancers are promoted into the corps and stay there for years and years while others spend about 20 minutes in the corps before they're promoted to soloist?
Does the (enter the job title of whoever promotes ballet dancers) feel that some dancers aren't suited to be soloists, so they stay in the corps until they leave or get fired? Do dancers choose to stay in the corps ("Yeah, thanks for thinking of me, but I kinda like dancing in the back. Why don't you promote her over there?")? Is it due to the fact that some dancers have the talent to get promoted to soloist quickly, while others need years of performing experience first?
The same thing happens with soloists. Some are promoted to principal the same year they become soloists, others have to wait a few years.
I just feel like if I were a 6-year corps member, I wouldn't be jeteing for joy if some apprentice was brought into the corps and then bumped up to soloist 6 months later.
I don't have anything against people who stay in the corps for a very short time, or a long time, I just think it's odd that there's such a difference in the time spent.