dancindaughters Posted April 15, 2004 Report Share Posted April 15, 2004 I am only half kidding here! I have actually been pretty laid back, considering how much I and my 2 dd's love ballet. I have sat and listened while the studio director agreed that my girls are not being challenged in their classes, but she cannot promote them because "the other parents would be jealous." I have stayed calm, and tried to take the long view that slow and steady wins the (ballet) race. I have not hinted that my dd be put on pointe at age 10, even though she has been able to stand on pointe in her bare feet since she was 5 - with straight knees. But it is getting to me! I am amazed at how well my dds have done in an environment that puts jazz competition above all else, that intentionally holds them back so that "weaker children" (the teacher's words, not mine) can keep up, that makes little remarks to try to bring down their confidence. Yet they have stayed so motivated! It is all starting to drive me crazy. Then I see a website for a little girl who is getting scholarships to prestigious ballet programs at the age of 8, and even Maj. Mel comments on her beautiful lines. Hey, I want someone to say my kids have nice lines! I started calling ballet academies to see if they have any summer programs for 7-year-olds, and can she audition for a higher level? Arg. I think I need a long holiday. I don't want to push; I just want my girls to be challenged. If they aren't challenged, sooner or later I fear that they will lose interest. I want them to be the weakest in the class for a change. In my heart I know they will eventually need to change studios, but I think their ballet teacher is good, and they would be okay if she would just put them at their level instead of by age, but I don't want to seem too pushy! I am putting it all out here, and may regret this post, but here it is! Keep in mind that I really won't be at all disappointed if they don't becomes professional dancers or what have you, but they have been so interested in this for such a long time, and I feel it is my duty to seek out the best for them. But if I pack them in the car every day for the hour long drive to the REAL ballet school, won't people think I'm a nut? The value of true ballet training seems to be a bit of a difficult concept to grasp for many people in our area. Quote Link to comment
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