HappyGoLucky Posted July 6, 2004 Report Share Posted July 6, 2004 Hello Everyone! I'm New Alright, so here's the story: When I was 13, I decided dance would be a great way to stay healthy and in shape - and it was similar to skating. (I used to be a serious skater, but my rink closed). I started taking a Beg/Int Ballet and Jazz class at a local studio. After a year of this, I realized dance was something I truly loved.. Something I wanted to do FOREVER. So, I started going to a more serious studio just this past year. I started out taking 5 classes a week, then in January, I moved it up to 7 - and now I'm at 9. Now I'm 15, and will be 16 in December. I am OBSESSED. It's basically all I want to do - ALL the time. I take Int/Adv. classes - though by huge professional studios I'm sure they would be considered just Intermediate. I will be starting pointe by the end of the summer at the latest. Some Other Facts: I'm of average weight - 5'4" and 105 lbs. Basically all I do when I come home from dance is practice! I take: 2 1/2 ballet classes, 1 1/2 pointe classes, 3 jazz classes, and 2 hip hop classes (I realize this isn't good for technique.. I just enjoy them very much.. It has improved my strength and flexibility though!). There is only one more ballet class at my level that I could take. I am signing up. There is another studio in my area that is equally respected. If need be, I could take more classes here. My studio seems to be a very high quality institute. It is very focused on technique, has a strict dresscode, and is very very cautious about future pointe dancers. I worry though, because most classes besides company classes and very advanced ones are only an hour in length. Does this suggest lack of professionalism? Some of the teachers were part of the SFB.. So I assume they know what they are doing. My teachers seem to think I'm improving at a stunning rate, and say I have much promise - but I am not near being the best of my age group. I live in a small town in Central California. So Basically What I Want To Know Is: How far do you think I could take this? What do you advise I do? How many classes should I attempt to take? Do you think I could work up to auditioning for a SI? What SI do you reccomend for me? What am I capable of? Should I even consider taking dance more seriously? How far can my love for dance go? Do you have any tips/advice for a newcomer to the huge world of dance? I feel so confused - and am very unsure of what to do. If I left out any information that would be helpful to you in helping me - please let me know! Thank you for your help! Quote Link to comment
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