Just a short note to say that Julian received notification late last week that he had been accepted again into the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Program in New York City. Whoo hoo!
However, we were a bit upset at first to see that he had not been awarded a scholarship. Last year he received a 25 percent scholarship. My husband wondered what type of “message” they were trying to send to Julian by not offering him any “incentive.” So, he wrote a note to someone (who I won’t name) who had seen Julian at the audition and worked with him in New York.
Turns out, the lack of scholarship was an “omission.” An email came back today offering him a 50 percent scholarship! Double whoo hoo!! It’s not a “training scholarship” or anything like that, but we will take it! He was very happy, and that’s the message we wanted to hear. That sounds more like, “We want your son to attend our program, and we see some potential,” or “We see some improvement over last year.” It’s a bit more encouraging.
After all, the poor boy (well…he’s not poor; he’s having fun…it’s us going to the poor house especially since my husband got his two weeks’ notice today…) has been adding in ballet wherever he can. His program has about 6 or 7 hours of ballet a week if not more. He then adds in another hour and a half; he’s considering adding in another hour and a half as well. Plus, he has been rehearsing for YAGP (although we’ve put off competing until fall); that’s another 2-3 hours per week of ballet. Then, of course, there are all those rehearsals for Nutcracker in the fall and now for Alice in Wonderland. (He’s the White Rabbit.) So, he is fairly focused on ballet even if he isn’t in a full ballet program.
Anyway, all that said, he’s happy to have made it in again along with all the “ballet boys.” And I’m happy he did, too. We had a good time in NYC. I’ll try this time not to tear my ACL this year…especially since I’m just now at the tail end of my recovery period from the surgery.
Now comes the not-so-fun part, though…finding somewhere to stay in the city. Ugh. If anyone knows of a great apartment to sublet in the East Village, let me know.
Oh, by the way, the TDC Second Stage performance was awesome! Julian’s duet, choreographed by Mark Foehringer, was lovely and well danced; they’ll keep working on it, Mark says. Julian’s choreography also was well danced by his three dancers, and he got lots of compliments on it. He looked great in his hip hop and tap pieces. Too bad he doesn’t get much of that any more. (There will be time in NY…) And his other contemporary pieces looked great as well…one piece by Bret Easterling and another by a student choreographer. Then, to top off the show, he was in a modern piece by Brian Fisher. That stopped the show. (Good thing it was at the end.) It was hilarious! Julian danced the whole thing with his hands in his pockets, including doing lifts and partnering. Pretty amazing stuff.
That turned into a long post!