Friday, May 2, 2008

DanceMind: Dear Janie -- CON, Pointe 2

Janie writes -- Con, Pointe #2 ...

I know very little about the company, which does not necessarily mean it will be bad. But there is a chance that  might not like it or worse, get out of shape or injured while I am there.

Response -- Time has passed and I am sure you have researched and talked with people. Now you know more.   You would KNOW very little about any company UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE.  That would be very true for any experience, ballet, work, vacation or otherwise. Until you are immersed for a period of time you do not really know about them. What you read in the brochure is a marketing pitch and is not always true to how they operate day to day.
It is not about being dishonest, it is business to put our best foot forward even if it is embellished or glossed over. This of course can happen here in America.  I speak with lots of performers who struggle within the dynamics of their companies.  You always have a choice in the event that this occurs --- 1. Leave.  2. Change your response.  3. Ignore.  4. Change the situation.

Knowing you -- You can keep in shape.  Moot point.

You can get injured anywhere on the planet. You will handle it in the best way if injury occurs.I am sure they have professionals on hand because dancers get injured.  Moot point.

Good thinking. You have done a real good job of thinking this through.

Sanna Carapellotti, MS CCHT
Performance Specialist

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