Pointe Shoes on Holiday
You have been taking ballet classes for several years, then you started pointe work for several more years and now you are ready to take your first ballet audition for a professional company.
By now you must be about 16, 17 years of age and are now a fantastic ballet dancer ready to dazzle your peers with your ballet point work. You’ve been through a lot and you deserve a rest, a pointe shoe holiday?
So what are you going to do? Have you thought about a career in dance or are you going to college? If you are as good as you feel being a ballet dancer, then you take the audition. After that you go on holiday for a while and put your ballet pointe shoes to rest. They need it too!
The biggest dilemma for a future career as a ballet dancer is “do I go to college or do I take the audition and hope I get into the company?” Answer! Finish High School and go for the career in dance. Take a correspondence course to get your college degree. If you decide to audition after college you will be about 20, 21, or 23 years old. Your technique may be weaker than when you were at your peak at 16 or 17, also you will be up against your younger peers when you go for that audition.
Think very seriously about what you are going to do, then take a holiday, but not for too long. You still have to keep in shape by taking ballet classes and pointe classes.
After all you spent a good 9-11 years preparing your technique in ballet and pointe work for that one moment, that first ballet audition. Now is the time to go for it! Your parents also were involved, they may have even asked the question “what should every parent know about ballet and pointe shoes but were afraid to ask”.
Do you remember the times they took you to ballet classes either by car, bus, train? The hours they had to wait while you took your lessons and the money spent on ballet lessons, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, leotards and even on costumes for those yearly dance recitals. You owe them. Now is the time to go for it!
No doubt growing up you had to watch your weight by eating proper foods, and/or reading up on nutrition. Hopefully your parents guided your good eating habits. Dancers are the best athletes compared to other forms of physical activity.
Why? Because they are ALWAYS IN TRAINING from the day they begin their ballet classes until they decide to hang up their pointe shoes. That may be anywhere from 20 to 30 years. How many other athletes work out EVERY DAY for 20 to 30 years? You answer that question. Dancers have to have good eating habits, a healthy life style to be in tip-top physical condition to compete against the many future ballerinas taking their first ballet audition.
So have you chosen the path of a career in dance? You’ve worked hard, kept up good eating habits. You have a good ballet and pointe work technique. You are ready for your first audition. Which company have you chosen? Do you know the style of the company, working conditions, pay scale, does the company tour, how many weeks during the year does the company perform, etc. So much to find out BEFORE taking your first audition.
When the curtain opens, look for more information on what is needed to be done BEFORE joining a ballet company.