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LilMama

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What’s your take on this? Pros and cons? What’s the point to make peope go through audition when they basically accept everyone. And by everyone I mean a 9 years old that can’t do a proper plie.
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Maybe they audition for placement levels, or if there is an audition fee, to make money? 
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Effort.  Attitude.  Response to corrections.  And as has already been said, to determine proper level.
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Summer intensives at small ballet schools usually go from beginner to more advanced, so even those just starting out would get a placement.  And what Heidi said too; the SO gets a look at effort, attitude, response to corrections, etc.
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The point of the audition is so that they know what they will be dealing with. Having an audition also makes it easier for them to turn away someone for any reason they desire but still leaves the door open to take anyone with a desire to improve. At 9, they aren't looking for much. Most intensives are not competitive at that age by any means. 

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DD's former school had an audition and 3 separate programs, a kind of summer dance camp for young dancers, an intermediate intensive, and an advanced intensive.  If there was strong interest, the advanced intensive was broken into two levels.  So everyone was accepted to something.  It was also a chance for dancers from the area to come and take a class with the director, see the facility, and ask questions from the staff and parents hanging around in the lobby.  The audition fee was $5 more than the cost of a regular trial class and usually there were two teachers present, one conducting the class, and one observing and taking notes.
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I'm sure they'd deny a kid who came into the audition and was a discipline problem.

Otherwise, it allows them to get started leveling the kids.
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LilMama

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It didn’t cost to audition. The school has a pretty good reputation in the area so I guess I was hoping for them to be more serious on who they accept, even for those at a young age (Starting age is 10 and they claimed to be a pre-pro training program)

Then to know someone who got turned down by our current studio that got in this SI definitely giving me second thoughts. Or I’m just a bit bitter lol thanks for all your inputs.
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I'd discourage you from reading too too much into how selective a school is.  Most especially when it comes to the very youngest ones.  What matters is the training they provide... that's what you have to focus on.  Some amazing schools want to offer their amazing training to a wider array of dancers.  It's less about "their" reputation, more about the kids.... so they don't write kids off just because they haven't reached a 'certain' level by a 'certain' time.
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Are speaking of a ballet intensive or another type? If ballet ages 7-8-9 - the skills at that point are very basic and beginners I would assume would be encouraged. At least at the true ballet schools that my daughter has attended and I have observed the qualities that they need vs what they can teach are negligible at those ages. In my comp studio it’s differnent and they have their own method for determining levels and would turn away a younger participant at an intensive as they could be higher level classes. What I like about ballet is it’s not what you come with it is what you can learn. [wink]. Perhaps they have an all inclusive starting program to build their school later on?
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The larger the program they have the more levels they can have.  So that very bottom level is filled with younger kids and those with less skill.
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It’s a ballet intensive. DD is going in next week for the “audition” maybe we’ll take it from there and see...
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