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!
I am so sorry to hear about your husband losing his job. That totally sucks. ARGH how frustrating!
Several years ago, I had what I thought was a total dream job at a major studio/network…but after just 2 years I was layed off. So please remember this kind of thing happens to even the best of us.
You know what I did while I was out of work? I started taking ballet again. Back to the barre at age 36! LOVED IT EVEN MORE THAN WHEN I TOOK CLASS IN COLLEGE!
Has your husband ever taken a class?
Would he even consider it? who knows?
I’m sure he’ll land somewhere soon… Keep me posted on how it’s going.
Catherine L. Tully says
Congrats to you and your son!
Congratulations to your son.
My son (12) auditioned and got accepted to both ABT Alabama and Joffrey South, but no scholarships were awarded to him. Unfortunately without a scholarship he will not be able to attend.
Boy, do I understand the classes and rehearsals. My son takes 12 hours of ballet and an hour of hip hop each week, now he wants to add another ballet class and modern to the mix…not counting the rehearsals for Peter & the Wolf (he’s Peter) and Hansel & Gretel (he’s Hansel).
Its a lot of time spent at the dance center, but he loves it.
I hope your husband finds new work soon.
Thanks for the words of encouragement about my hubby…and sorry to hear about the scholarship. They are few and far between from what I hear. We were lucky to get one last year, but I think once you have one you are on your way…