cosprballet Posted March 6, 2004 Report Share Posted March 6, 2004 I have a 2 DK, a 13 DS and a 10 DD. They both grew up at a fairly large well rounded studio, of which I am the business manager. I danced at this studio until I was 13 and life took me in other direction. No regret's, although I will always wonder "what could have been..." if my parents would have followed the advise of my teachers and let me go to a year-round program. I very much enjoyed the whole process of learning, but wasn't very seasoned in the performing arena. Anyway, on to to my present journey of this life in ballet. My DS is somewhat talented, has received alot of good feedback and encouragement both locally and and abroad. His determination and drive are exact. He KNOWS that he want's to be a dancer. His answer to the poll on the Men's Forum: What do you want to use/or be in ballet in the future? His answer was a matter of fact: A principle dansuer, and then a choreographer! He does have to work very hard in the daily grind of learning his craft, but lives for classes every day. In fact his goal is year-round so he can "live it, breathe it, be it." I am in awe of his resiliance as being a 13 yr old 7th grade boy who loves ballet, and everyone know's it. He has the attitude of "you take me as I am, or not, it's your choice." On the other hand we have DD who has more natural talent in her little pinky than I could have ever dreamed of. Problem? She has no spirit or drive . I know that we have no say in this. It's a gift that has to come from inside. We will be exploring swimming, drama, singing, volleyball, ect. in the coming future because this is what she wants. Ballet will take a back seat for her, so she can explore all the things she say's she missing out on. My question is: has anyone had this experience with an extremely talanted child who does not have an interest to pursue their gift? How do we as her parents guide and support her? We don't want to her to resent ballet, but are hoping that given the opportunity to explore other things, that she will eventually come full circle and return to ballet. Quote Link to comment
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