thedriver Posted July 20, 2004 Report Share Posted July 20, 2004 Several recent threads have brought up the issue of partnering at the SI programs. I must admit that I have only viewed this issue from the prospective of a mother of a DD who year round, attends a small studio with just a handful of male students. One of the reasons she wants to attend SIs and one of the reasons I pay for her to attend SIs is to afford her the opportunity to partner. I’m embarrassed to admit that I never looked at this issue from the male student’s viewpoint. Please correct me if I’m wrong but I get the feeling that male students at many SIs feel they are being over used having to partner many different levels of female dancers (especially the younger inexperienced dancers). One mother of a DS mentioned that he and the other males were on full scholarship and therefore felt compelled to keep the rigorous partnering-class schedule set by the SI. I can see where this situation creates a dilemma for SIs. Without the opportunity to partner, many female dancers might decide to remain at their home studios for the summer and forgo the expense of a SI. I could be entirely off base here but I think the younger female dancers pay disproportionately more (larger class sizes, fewer # of classes, fewer scholarship and financial-aid $) of the SI cost. My question is when should DKs (females and males) start partnering (SI &/or year-round studio)? If inexperienced males should not be partnering inexperienced females how do the females become experienced? And lastly would it be possible for SIs to hire male apprentices and company members for partnering classes? I am posting these questions in the cross talk forum versus the SI forum because I would like input across the spectrum (moderators, dancers, teachers, young dancers, parents...). Thanks Quote Link to comment
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