Guest andalusia Posted October 3, 2003 Report Share Posted October 3, 2003 I started a ballet for beginners class in September. I have no experience dancing but I am a musician and some things we do seem a little odd. First off, we never use classical music for the warmup and often for most of the rest of the class. I find doing tendus to pop music a little weird. The classical we do use is cheesy guitar and flute versions of the Pachebel Canon and so forth. Also, the teacher doesn't seem to follow the beat during a lot of the exercises. We have the music on but we're following her at her tempo and basically ignoring the cd. Is there a standard series of levels to go through in learning ballet? I thought we'd be following the RAD syllabus, just moving through faster than the little kids, but last week we were doing Grade 5 stuff. I can't see how we can be doing things right or in order if we're just skipping around but is this normal? Which brings me to another question: is it typical to do different exercises every week? We never repeat the same sequences two weeks in a row and I can't remember any of them. I can't memorize them as she shows them to us but I think I could if we reviewed them the next week- but we always do something completely different. Is there some way to write them down or something? The teacher is mainly a tap and jazz dancer which bothers me a little because I don't know if she knows what she's doing. The problem is, I paid the year's fees already. I just don't know right from wrong in ballet yet- so tell me, are these things normal? Quote Link to comment
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