Guest Daniella64 Posted October 3, 2003 Report Share Posted October 3, 2003 OK, Im not sure if anyone is on now, but I need some advice. If you are on you can IM me @ Girlstar64 @aol.com or just reply. I am 20 years old, been dancing since I was 15. I have been taking an Intermediate/ Advanced ballet class with pointe on wednesday nights and we have been assigned a new teacher. He is a russian man, we learn balanchine technique in this school, and he is very strict. First, he has horribly complicated combinations, even at barre. On the floor he aways gives us hard turns and jump combinations you usually only see men do, and us girls have never done. He has us do the combinations one at a time while he follows us and shouts corrections. He tells me I am a very good dancer but I need to work on my turns ( something I am quite aware of : ), so he is always picking on me in class on turns, forcing me to try over and over until I can to a triple to the left, something that rarely happens, and is still never quite right. Anyway, I can do triples if I concentrate and work hard, but I find around him I get intimidated and its like stage fright or something, I freeze up and cannot concentrate on technique or anything but his eyes on me. I get so frustrated I feel like crying. Last class in pointe we where doing fouettes and I kept loosing balance after a few tuens and messing up, and he just yelled for me to do it again, until I got so tired my ankle sort of rolled a bit and i hurt my big toe in my shoe (got a blood blister). By then he was still telling me to try again and I was on the verge of tears so i slipped out of class like 10 min early! It is an adult class, but I have not been back to class yet until today and I am afraid I will be in trouble. The truth is now Im sure I cannot go back into his class but I dont think the director will allow me to switch, she is also very very strict. I just couldn't tell him I was leaving b/c I knew he would say his famous line "what are you chicken?" and make me stay, and i just couldnt stay. When I am in ballet class I concentrate really hard on everything while I simply dance and enjoy moving to the music, his class desn't feel anything like that to me, and I don't feel i will progress is his class. Anyone have a suggestion as to what I should say to him and/or the company director about this. I am so nervous. Thanks! ~Daniella Quote Link to comment
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