Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:48 PM
My question is that I have noticed a LOT of work being done in parallel (feet together both facing front). Last year there was more than this year. This year, they are working in first position (45 degrees) and sometimes in 3rd. However, new steps seem to be presented in parallel first. For instance, on parent observation day, I saw a move that will clearly progress to pas de chat being taught in parallel, as well as a move that will likely become balance. Will introducing new steps continue to be done in parallel? I understand not wanting them to force turnout with beginners, but it seems very odd. Will my daughter be behind in developing her turnout if she doesn’t use it consistently in class? She takes 2 classes of 60 minutes each this year.
I don’t remember ever learning anything in parallel - skills were all taught as they were meant to be continued. Is this some new teaching method, perhaps associated with a curriculum that I am not familiar with? My background is Vaganova and Balachine style.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:55 PM
I was Russian-trained and did not learn parallel until my first Modern class.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:44 PM
Pony canter is a good way to describe what I saw. The balance move was a down-up-up step walking forward in parallel. They also learned a chasse-tendu derriere move that was in parallel, that looked like a prequel to an arabesque (which they haven't learned yet).
My frustration, in addition to my confusion, is that many of the girls in her class are struggling, but she is anxious to move ahead.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:12 PM
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 04:46 AM
I've just attended the weekend of recitals for our current school and feel really confident in my decision to move her for next year. There are so many performances for the school that it was impossible to see all of the levels, but I did see a sprinkling of older dancers throughout the weekend. I was surprised to see upper level dancers still closing into first position in some dances. In all of the dances, and at least three that I saw were the highest level classes/'company', the girls had great difficulty closing into fifth with very little rotation in their legs (ie, knees front). I saw many examples of girls on pointe, but not all the way over their boxes. Even my mother commented on the pointe work. My 10 year old son leaned over to me during one 'company' dance and exclaimed that not one of them was reaching full releve (or even half releve for that matter). What's distressing me is that this school is very highly regarded in our small town and it would nearly take an act of god to convince our dear friends that their children were not receiving adequate training. I wanted to thank you all again for your insight and help earlier in the year. We're headed to a good place!
Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:27 PM
@pasdeduxmama and we are at the opposite end of the spectrum with our 9yr old DD being rushed through her Cechetti exams..she is slated to go for grade 2 exams this summer, when I asked her teacher "what's the rush, and shouldn't she have two full years of grade 2?" I was told "she's more than ready! In my opinion (as a non-dancing parent) it's not in her best interest or giving her a solid foundation, more it's just bragging rights for her teacher to say almost all her students get commended grades.....Needless to say we will be dancing somewhere else next year..change is hard but sometimes it's very neccesary. Good Luck to you both!
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Good luck with the transition, pasdedeuxmama! I'll be interested to hear how the new school works out!