I’m sure that many young dance students are asking themselves this same question as the time to apply is fast approaching.
As my family home is in Italy, I have been looking for a two-week professional course in Europe towards the end of July. My search has highlighted two that interest me – the Princess Grace Academy Summer Course in Monte-Carlo and the Amsterdam International Summer School (AISS). Both are held at schools associated to two prominent ballet companies: Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Dutch National Ballet.
With graduation auditions less than two years from now, it is important for me to gain experience and understand the employment opportunities for classical ballet dancers throughout Europe. I am certain that either of the summer schools listed above would provide me with invaluable training experience, plus allow me to make new acquaintances that could lead to exciting opportunities in the future.
Like all young students, I must consider the financial costs of summer training also. A two-week course normally costs around £2,000 when taking training costs, travel, food and accommodation into consideration. It is necessary for me to continue to fund-raise towards these expenses. Some dancers are lucky to gain course fee reductions, sponsors or promotional work to help fund their training. As always, I am actively looking into all three options. I will keep you posted.
May Update: I would like to thank everyone who sponsored my Summer Training via GoFundMe. The target was quickly raised and the funds have opened up an amazing opportunity for me to attend 10 days of classes at the Acri–Horimoto Ballet Academy in Japan. I fly to Tokyo on the Tuesday following our end of year performance at the Royal Opera House on July 12. Blog post will follow!
If you would like to read more about ways for young dancers to become more media savvy, I recommend you read the following two ‘Ballet Business’ articles: Fundraising and How to write a press release published by Ballet News.