Guest dancingforever Posted November 30, 2003 Report Share Posted November 30, 2003 Ok, I started taking ballet a little over 2 years ago to help with my other dance forms, mainly tap, jazz, and musical theatre. My first year, when I was 13-14, I took twice a week. Last year, I took 5 times a week. This year, I am taking 5 times a week again, and now, 3 of those classes are on pointe. (I am aware that going on pointe after a short time isn't typical; however, I know that my teachers waited an amount of time that was appropriate for me, since I was already at a level close to my age and had strong technique). I take 3 times a week at one studio and twice at another. The problem is that I feel like ballet is taking over my other kinds of dance. Since I don't aspire to be a professional ballet dancer, I want to work out a more balanced schedule. In the beginning of the year, I told Studio A that I wanted to stop taking the Thursday class so I could take tap, since it had been cut out for ballet. My teacher said that if I did that, I wouldn't be allowed to continue pointe, since I would only be taking twice a week. I reminded her that I would actually be taking 4 times a week, since I also take at Studio B. She then told me that she didn't count that at all. I offered to take another class on Saturday, making my total at Studio A 3 times a week but on 2 days, but she didn't like that either. So I decided to not change my schedule this semester and just continued with the Thursday ballet class. Now it's time for registration for the next semester. I really want to take the tap class. Should I sacrifice pointe for that? I'd still be on pointe twice a week, just not with this one teacher. I know ballet is the foundation of all dance and that I'll need it if I want to get anywhere, but isn't 4-5 times a week enough for my aspirations? Please help! Quote Link to comment
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