Guest abcfordance Posted April 14, 2004 Report Share Posted April 14, 2004 (edited) I am kind of thinking out loud here and am playing devil's advocate to some degree. This is a topic that has come up a few times over the last year in some classes that I take as a student as well as in discussion with other teachers. For Sylphide in the "Desparately need advice thread": It's great that your teacher feels you have the facility to do third level work, but I question if your body really has the strength and stamina after 6 months of training. You mentioned you had near daily private lessons, and 3rd level Vaganova is generally considered the 3rd year material from their school, which is training nearly every day, plus selection for body type, and related conditioning modalities. As an adult you may pick up some concepts more easily, have better body awareness and more strength. But I'm not sure that you would neccessarily have the ability to "make up for" 2.5 years of very specific training. Since your post doesn't say if you are returning to dance after having danced as a child and then taking time off, I will admit I am assuming this past 6 months is your first time dancing. And now allowing this tangent to develop a life of it's own... Just curious what teachers of adult students think about on this subject. How do you decide when to accelerate an adult student's progress faster than you would allow your child or teen beginners to train? Is it fair to push their physical training to meet their mental abilities or do you still feel that it takes a certain amount of time for the body to be neuromuscularly trained and able to function correctly? Just because a student is capable of doing something much sooner than we normally see is this the right thing to encourage? When teaching children we have the argument that the body is still growing and forming and there are certain rates of progress that seem more beneficial than others. We don't have the same thought process with adults. What guidelines do you follow for your classes if you teach? Edited April 14, 2004 by abcfordance Quote Link to comment
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