What schools are best at getting students into top American ballet companies? This ain't your grandma's top ballet school list. Here at Data Pointes, we use numbers to back our claims and today we take another look at schooling. For the vast majority, ballet training does not lead to a sustained career as a professional … Continue reading An Absolutely, Whole-heartedly, Unbiased Top School List
How many Black ballet dancers are there in American ballet? While American ballet companies employ a large number of international dancers, ballet has been criticized for a lack of diversity, specifically regarding Black dancers. While increasingly discussed in articles and opinion pieces, ballet insiders are aware that this issue has been persistent. Written pieces raise … Continue reading The Missing 53: Black Representation in Ballet
What are the hiring practices of different American ballet companies? Last time we looked at hiring and dancer retention, the focus was on the top 6 companies for the 2018 - 2019 season (https://pointes.data.blog/2019/05/12/youre-hired-fired/). This year at Data Pointes, we've followed up that data but also expanded analysis to the top 22 US companies (well, … Continue reading Hiring Revisited (Part 1)
A hypothetical situation. You go to [Big Shot Company]'s summer intensive. They invite you to join their affiliate school year-round. Teenage you is floored by the immensity of this decision as are your parents. You'll have to move away from home but you think maybe it's worth it for a better chance at your dream company. What do you do?
What are the hiring practices of top American ballet companies? Hiring, firing, and moving is a regular part of the ballet world. Companies are made up of dancers in their first season, all the way up to their 24th season (San Francisco Ballet Principal, Yuan Yuan Tan). Ballet is dynamic and let's be honest - … Continue reading You’re Hired/Fired!