Anonymous said: what was the auditionh like for nbs?
This is a really broad question lol but overall it was quite intense. (Just to clarify, I did the TTP one!) So, it’s four days and basically you attend all the types of classes you actually would have to take in the program. You’re there from 8:30ish to 6:00ish and the entire time you’re under survellience, or at least that’s how it feels. They watch you dance, they watch you take history (ballet history) classes, they watch you teach an exercise on the last day, and they watch you watch classes. The people in head of the program are very friendly, but serious. They only want the most dedicated, hard-working, ballet-loving dancers who are 100% ready to become mature, studious teachers, and they reiterate that desire for dedicated teachers a hundred times throughout the four days. You have to have several meetings (including one with a psychiatrist, a physio therapist, and the program directors). You get to ask people in the program how the program is (and I’ve been two years, and each year they say the same thing “If you don’t REALLY REALLY REALLY want this, run now” and “This is an extremely demanding program, do not underestimate it”). The thing I found as well, is that Ms. Roes, who heads the program, will be brutally honest with you. Her first impression of you describes a lot of how she will consider you so when you first meet her, do not act overly fake or anything but work to impress well. She makes snap judgements that are usually fairly accurate (scarily accurate sometimes) and she will be friendly and approachable, but at the same time, she will not sugarcoat a thing. If she doesn’t think you’re strong, she’ll tell you. If she doesn’t think you can dance, she will tell you. If she thinks you have good abilities for teaching and a strong personality, she will tell you that as well. Don’t go into it thinking that if they don’t like you, they won’t take you, but also understand that if they don’t like an element of how you teach/work/dance/live they will tell you, same with the things that they do like about you.
It’s a really fantastic experience, however, make sure you’re ready to give it every last ounce of energy and effort. It’s hard, but satisfying, and that’s coming from someone who was turned down twice. You will be seen no matter what, and you will be seen for your flaws and strengths, some of which will be discovered for the first time by them. Their feedback will make you stronger and more aware of yourself and the experience in general is fantastic but intense.
Honestly, if I had to give one piece of advice, it would be to be fearless in your approach in each of the classes/tests/interviews/etc that they give you and if you mess up, own up to it. They appreciate effort and enthusiasm, and love it when people give everything valient attempts.
Let me know if I answered your question or if you have any other questions. :)
Hope that helped haha