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How many hours of ballet classes should I be going to if I want to be able to dance professionally? I've had 1 year of ballet last last year for 1 class per week and I've just started again in September. So far, I'm taking 1 class per week, but I'm going to take more soon. I'm 14 and I'm not on pointe yet. I know I have a lot to catch up on.

 

Also, since I'm kind of a beginner, should I be practicing at home? I'm afraid that I'll develope bad habits. :)

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Hello

If you really like ballet and want to become better, I would tell my teacher that I really intersted in ballet!

I can't tell you what to do but I can at least tell what I DID!!

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bubble-tea, with that much catching up to do, you really need intensive training as quickly as possible. The problem is that there is very rarely any intensive training for beginning level students. You may need to go to more than one school to take more classes per week. Dancers on a professional track at 14 have already been on pointe for a couple of years and are taking at least 5 technique classes a week, plus some pointe classes, and usually also a modern or a jazz class and some Pilates.

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Guest Mollieochie

My dance schedule goes something like this:

 

Monday: Ballet technique, Pointe

Tuesday: Ballet technique, pilates

Wednesday: Ballet technique, Pointe

Thursday: Ballet technique, pointe

Friday: Ballet technique, Jazz

Saturday: Ballet technique, Modern

 

I hope this helps! I think going to more than one school will help. Pilates has helped with flexibility and strengthening, so I would recomend that. I would also talk to you teacher, like angel lissa said. She/He could probably help you! :)

 

Love,

Mollie

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I wish that I could do as much as you mollieochie! I live in the country and not near anything!! I have to drive an 1/2 hour to go to a decent studio!

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Melissa, I'm afraid that it's very often necessary to drive at least that far, and much farther, to get to good training. We have students who drive an hour and a half each way, and many more who drive at least an hour. Of course the parents have to be willing to do this, and understandably this is not always the case. :)

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wow that would be alot of driving..I use to to go a studio 5 minutes away but the good teachers left and the teacher I was going to have only had her grade 8 Ballet!

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This is a very helpful post. Though I've taken dance classes since I was 3, I really did not start getting serious about ballet until I was 12. I know that we aren't supposed to give advice, but I just wanted to give you and word of encouragment to work hard and you will definitely see improvement. I cannot believe how far I've come in just 3 1/2 years with the help of my teachers, parents, and peers. Good luck to you!

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I think what she was saying is that once you become serious about ballet and get into intensive training, which takes a lot of help from good teachers as well as family, and if you work really hard, you will see progress. I would certainly hope so! :grinning:

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Most 13-year-old ballet dancers that I know, are on a professional track program. They attend classes at least 6 days a week, which consists of a ballet technique class (usually 90 minutes) , followed by a pointe class (which can be 30 minutes to 45 minutes). :wallbash:

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Guest imadancer

I'm taking 6 hrs. a week- not including the very numerous rehearsals :grinning:

 

monday: ballet technique 1 1/2 hours

wendsday: ballet technique 1 1/2 hours

thursday: jazz, pointe, "challenge class" 3 1/2 hours(total)

 

saturday: rehearsals

sunday: rehearsals :clapping:

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Guest Mollieochie

Do you have someone you could carpoole with? My studio is an hour away from my home, but I am in a carpoole with other people. That lessens the driving for my mom (because I have two other sisters!) :P

 

Love,

Mollie

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Guest adagiogrl

Like jump4joy, I did not get serious about ballet until was 12 and started going to a more professional studio 30 min. away. Once I decided I was going to get serious, I tried to take as many classes as I possibly could, and with some luck, was able to progress quickly. I am now 15 and nearly caught up with those who have been in serious training much longer. We'll see how I do....

 

I am currently taking 90 min. ballet classes 6 times a week, a jazz class, and about 9 hours of pointe and rehearsal per week.

 

Good luck!

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if your on the professional track its really important to get as much intense training as possible as quick as possible. i started when i was 13 and i moved away from home for ballet. my scheduale is very long so for an idea, my lightest day is 3 30-7

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