eskimopieo Posted October 9, 2004 Report Share Posted October 9, 2004 I have been investigating options for adding some extra ballet classes for my 12yo recreational dancer. We had considered changing studios (at least temporarily) or taking classes at 2 studios. We just wanted to get her back to where she was taking at least the same number of hours weekly she had been taking at her current studio before they cut back the schedule this year. Our big problem is there is just not a big selection of other studios to choose from. There are maybe 4 other studios in the area that have a reputation of being "good" studios. 1 is too far away to be practical, 2 are larger schools with competition teams, and 1 is a ballet-focused school. We decided to try this one first since she wants more ballet. She tried a lower-level class & came out saying, "OK let's go now" so I knew it wasn't the experience she hoped for. When I started asking about how the class went, I noticed she was beginning to get a teary look & then she burst into tears in the car. She said the teacher wanted perfect turnout & was pushing the feet into place on some of the younger girls. This particular instructor is from Russia, and dd had a lot of trouble understanding her accent and knowing what the teacher wanted her to do. She came out of class feeling like the teacher thought she was a terrible dancer. I know she needs to work on certain issues (like using her turnout) but otherwise she seems to be on a level with other dancers her age in this area. I told her she doesn't have to go there again, because I really don't see the point in driving 45+ minutes 2-3 times a week to a class she doesn't enjoy. Dance class may not always be fun, but I don't want her to hate it! So that leaves us with the other 2 area schools. One seems to have a decent ballet program with students who have gone on to the big name SIs, but I'm very worried about sending her to a place that has such a focus on competitions. The other studio I really know very little about. I'm just very torn on what to do at this point. I don't want her to continue falling behind from the current studio's 1 day/week schedule for her level, but adding classes at her home studio means she would either be taking a class with much younger students (possibly 6-7 yo) or adults. Sorry I'm just rambling on right now. I had really hoped she would like the "ballet" school & this problem would be solved by now! Quote Link to comment
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