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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:52 AM
So, DS was dancing at a big (for us rural ppl) pre-pro place I'll call FB, who use ABT curriculum. DS loved his teacher(s) there. DS was told NOT to go away, that his teq. wasnt strong enough, he was too young, etc. Hubby and I still thought he should go (esp since he wanted to quit due to bullying at school) and have an adventure. So he went, and loved it as earlier stated. When he returned, his teacher was very displeased with us. She said his teq was all messed up now, his turnout was too much (think 180 instead of 90 deg) and that it would take months to correct.
Now, I'm no dancer, and don't pretend to be one or know a lot. However, I think there are different styles - like Balenchine (sp?) , Russian, etc. He was taught a different style. His body responded to that. He did that upon returning, because that's what he spent hours and hours doing in CT. I thought it looked beautiful. I was proud. He was proud. He was happy. His teacher , who - to be fair - devoted her whole life to dance - was NOT HAPPY...
The Bolshoi teachers are amazing, and hands-on ... They will put your body where they want it. Here, the teachers tell my son or demo how they want him to stand, etc. The Bolshoi style got results, and my DS was good with their teaching style/methods as his father and I explained it would be quite different fm his regular studio.
After Nut, I had a meeting w/ DS's teacher/head of FB to clear some things up concerning YAGP, SI auditions, privates, etc. Well, it didnt go well. I was told that in order for him to continue his training there - he would need to NOT go to any other SI's until his jr or sr yr of high school. That is when she felt it was a good time to go. I re-stated my opinion that I felt it was a good thing to go and see other places/dancers/teachers/etc. She calmly restated her view that a child needs to be secure in their training style before they go anywhere else. I happen to see her point of view, I just don't agree with it for our son. I was asked to sign a contract. I couldn't do it in good faith , because I knew that if he had the chance to go to Joffrey or Bolshoi or Ballet West or Orlando, he was going to go if at all possible. So we left. It broke my heart to leave, but we did. So no YAGP for my DS this yr.
DS is now at a small, local (4 mins away as opposed to 1 hr away) studio. The owner is knowledgeable, kind, and seems open to parental input. DS has brought up his grades, and can fish and swim and have more of a life now. However, the training isn't what he was getting. It's good , a good 2nd, but ...
All of this is to say - Make sure your DS's teacher is cool with the SI picks, or it may come back to bite you. Also, make sure the style is compatible. AND - be secure/good enough with your decision that you can walk away if need be. It was hard for us, but I wouldn't change a thing. He LOVED the Bolshoi SI. And hopefully he can go again this year. Those 3 weeks were great for him.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:27 PM
You were right to follow your gut instinct. It may be necessary at some point to find a residency for him, though, since the current year-round training doesn't sound quite up to snuff.
"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor"- (Currently poking Poseidon in the netherworld with his trident)
"Christian Louboutins are uncomfortable, but I screamed the first time I put on a pointe shoe." Mila Kunis
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:34 PM
Keep on being an advocate for your son!
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