motherof5 Posted June 30, 2004 Report Share Posted June 30, 2004 Dd is in her 3rd week at her new school, and she's having a difficult time adjusting. She started her training almost 2 years ago in a school that we thought to be a very good school. As time went on, we started questioning whether or not this was the best place for her. She took a trial class at another school that we new to have an exellent reputation. My husband and I were allowed to watch, and we were amazed at the intensity and professional attitude of the training! Watching this class confirmed for us that we needed to move her quickly. So, she started the summer program, 2 classes a week in the Elementary 2 level. Her teacher is giving her lots of corrections, trying to undo some incorrect technique that was left unattended. For example, when she does a tendu, she was curling her toes under. And, she was told to lock her knees back in her hyper-extension. This was never corrected at her old school. At this school, it's much more fast paced, the kids have to pay attention 100% of the time, or they'll miss something. Dd keeps saying "things are so different at this school". She's used to a more relaxed class, more "fun", I guess. She's having a difficult time getting used to the intensity of the teacher, as well. "Yelling", as dd calls it. She asked me "when someone is yelling, doesn't that mean they're mad at you?". I always pass on to her any compliments from her teacher to reassure her that she's doing well, and her teacher cares about her. Dd keeps talking about going back to her old school in the fall. I finally had to tell her that she can't go back. I'm not sure how long it will take her to adjust to a much more disciplined atmosphere. She's finally starting to get to know some of the girls. They are a very friendly group! I've been sitting in the lobby while she's in class, so I can get a "feel" for the atmosphere, and I am so pleased with this school. The co-director is kind of like a mom to these kids. She really cares about them. There is always conversation about helping the graduates find jobs. She has a lawyer look over the contracts, she calls these companies making sure her graduates get the benefits they deserve. I'm very impressed, and pleased, with the nurturing atmosphere of the school, and friendliness of the teachers, students, and parents. So, I don't know how long to give dd to adjust. Is this normal to have such a difficult time? She'll be 11 in September. The teacher wants to be able to move her up to Intermediate 1 with the rest of the class in the fall. We're told she's doing very well, and responds to corrections very well. Most of all, her teacher passed on to the co-director, who told me, that she thinks dd is a very nice, friendly girl, who is always polite and respectful. We are hoping she'll be able to tell that she's progressing and receiving good training, and that she'll begin to enjoy her classes. But what if she doesn't? I should also add that she wants to be a ballet teacher some day. So she needs good training! Quote Link to comment
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