Dance Studio vs Ballet Studio
Posted 29 April 2003 - 10:34 PM
Posted 29 April 2003 - 11:23 PM
So, the culture is one of ballet. I'm sure the kids in our area who long for competitive jazz dance feel left out -- they have to travel somewhere else to find what they want.
I wouldn't be too quick to lay the blame on lack of discipline and patience. Those are awfully adult qualities to expect from kids who have just graduated from pre-ballet. It could just be herd mentality -- Susie and Kiara and Alexis and all those cool older kids are doing jazz, so I'm going to also.
Posted 29 April 2003 - 11:56 PM
with the younger kids wanting to seem more grown up and emulate the stars that they see dancing in cola commercials etc. My daughter does enjoy jazz and I feel that it helps to make her a well rounded dancer. It is important to me that her studio keeps the music, costumes and movements age appropriate. Hiphop is another matter, I guess I'm to old to "get it" but I just disagee with the values in the lyrics (materialistic, often) and the whole acting tough thing that seems to go with it.
Guess I just feel a bit disappointed when I notice how many little girls start out in ballet but leave before they really learn what it is all about. This seems like a loss of potential talent, enjoyment, and also the loss of an educated audience.
Posted 30 April 2003 - 02:42 AM
Posted 30 April 2003 - 06:11 AM
There are several dance studios in our area largely due to the fact that we are in close proximity to a professional ballet company. If there is no way for children to see live ballet, it may be hard for the children to actually see what they are working towards.
Are there no other studios in your area? Perhaps, with a few phone calls you might find something more suitable for your child.
Remember, it's not just the name that counts. Speak to the artistic director and find out what their mission is.
I have to edit this again, sorry:( Out studio may not be as suburban as the area in which you live, however, knowing the more suburban areas around us, I think what I wrote earlier would apply to most.
Posted 30 April 2003 - 07:49 AM
Posted 30 April 2003 - 08:29 AM
This happens in the soccer program, too, by the way. I think kids test lots of interests early on, and toward the end of the "tween" years start to identify their own passions.
This doesn't really answer your question of whether kids today have less discipline and patience (although, as a classroom teacher, I share your impression and concern, and would add "respect" to the list). Maybe Mel or Victoria can tackle that one, as they have a historical perspective.
Posted 30 April 2003 - 08:52 AM
I really think it depends on where one lives and the luck of who starts and maintains a ballet program... In the lower Westchester/Fairfield area outside of NYC, I can think of at least 4 programs that are really only ballet programs. Naturally each, or almost each, would think it was stronger than the others and more disciplined, I'm sure.
Usually it's the background of the person that starts these programs that directs their vision... There are, though, a whole bunch of broader based dance studios in this area, too.
Do any of these ballet programs "produce" professional dancers? My guess is that no, they do not...however, I do know that there are some students who do move on to train at schools with a more professional bent.
So, I really think that if everyone responded on this board, you'd get a real mix of answers.
Posted 30 April 2003 - 09:28 AM
I think this just goes to show that the market for quality ballet instruction is still largely untapped and undeveloped. It makes me sad to hear about so many areas in which there is not even ONE ballet school offering the "real thing". What it will take to change that is dance professionals willing to go to those places and build schools and build interest in the art where there may not have been interest before --- all very challenging tasks.
Posted 30 April 2003 - 08:37 PM
Posted 01 May 2003 - 08:35 PM
It seemed no one understood that my daughter really liked ballet, in fact, loved ballet. Quite honestly, it was a tough battle....like salmon swimming up stream. The studio had over 250 girls and a waiting list. It was a successful studio and met the demand of the community. We realized that if my daughter wanted to study ballet, she would need to attend a ballet school. We now commute 80 miles one way for the lessons. Is it worth it? You bet. My daughter said it best the first day at the new studio ..."This is real ballet".
Posted 01 May 2003 - 08:42 PM
I take my hat off to you Babsaroo, and to your dedicated dancer, as well.
Posted 02 May 2003 - 05:56 AM
my response: no, 'fraid not. this is spot on, ALL of your post - even in australia!
"Maybe it is different in your city?"
Posted 02 May 2003 - 07:14 AM
Posted 02 May 2003 - 09:50 AM