mollykaren said: Hi Remy I have been dancing ballet for nearly 10 years and I would love to dance seriously, but i am only grade 4 RAD and I am not on Pointe. Is there any point pursuing it by going to summer schools and trying really hard or dance more as a hobby.
well, it depends a little bit on how old you are? also, i’m not familiar with the RAD grading, so i wouldn’t know how far along you are, sorry!
if you want to dance seriously, go for it! don’t hold yourself back.
the first steps to take on the path to pre-professionalism are a bit tough, but you really have to take them seriously! firstly, look at your studio. have many dancers from your school gone on to become professionals? if so, where do they dance? do you feel that you are really improving at your studio? how do you get along with your teachers? is there a specific reason you are not en pointe? if not,or if you’re not sure, maybe ask your teacher.
make it clear to your instructors that you intend to pursue a career in dance. this way, they can correct you accordingly, and hopefully will take you more seriously as a student if they did not already.
you may want to look into a pre-professional dance school, or boarding program. it’s tough to move away from home, but if you’re very serious about dance, you’ll want to take that step. there are wonderful programs in america, and around europe as well. if you want more info about that, say the word and i’d be glad to recommend some places! :)
summer intensives are always a good idea for a pre-professional student. choose very wisely, though, based on long-term goals. what are you looking for based on your age, level, and future? i’d try to find a program where you know other professional dancers attended, or that is affiliated with a school you’d like to go to or a company you’d like to dance for. if you can not attend a very prestigious program for any reason, look for a smaller program with quality teachers! there are many. i’ve been in the situation before where i was about to go to an amazing program but at the last moment we couldn’t afford it! i instead went to a tiny program in arizona, where the school director was a former dancer with the bolshoi. the faculty were wonderful, and i got a lot of individual attention. at the end of the program, i felt i’d improved a lot!
hope this helps a bit dear!! don’t give up if you really want it ;) xx