Since I found BT4D a few days ago, I've read many threads and they have been so helpful for me. Thank you!
Now I can actually put my concerns into words (more or less) and want to ask you all.
My son started ballet at 8 at a pre-pro school, and now 14. He didn't care for ballet when he started, but apparently he is good at it, and now he's been serious over the last 3 years. Did SI at two prestigious schools on scholarship, which he loved, and took semi-private lessons last year outside the school, which he enjoyed and improved much.
We've been very grateful for this school for the gift of ballet in my son's life, which helped him immensely in building self-confidence, and his teachers are excellent teachers. My son has always been in all-boys class, which is the reason he did it in the first place, and the whole experience there has been nothing but positive, until now...
My concern is ... It seems that his pre-pro school doesn't do what they say they do. I've read your threads on 'training guidelines' and 'partnering for young boys' etc. and according to those and what I heard from some professional ballet dancers, our school provides the minimum or less than minimum end of the spectrum of training. Yet, they don't offer private lessons and strongly discourage taking private lessons outside. It's become more of a concern for me when last year and this year, he hurt his hip and foot. According to his physical therapist, it was due to bad habits for very basic posture or steps... He is not the only one sitting out in class these days. Another concerned parent talked to the school about a similar concern, but they did not seem to see the need to revise the curriculum at all. I know two girls who left the school so they could take private lessons and 'really' pursue their ballet dream. The school tells us that they are raising professional dancers, and my son is doing fine there. I know they like him, but when I noticed that the company rarely hires their own student, and the tuition is expensive compared to other big pre-pro schools (our school has less hours ), the cause of his injury and how the school responds to them, I feel troubled.
He does respect his teachers and has some long-time good friends, so I don't think he would want to leave the school.
Do I just close my eyes to what I perceive as the double standard of the school, and discreetly take him to private lessons? (unfortunately, he can only take private lessons from the same teacher twice a month at the most since he is in high school now).
This is as concise and clear I can be. Any insight, different perspective, welcome!