Siegelife Posted January 18, 2005 Report Share Posted January 18, 2005 I know that this question will vary from dancer to dancer. However, as a ballet mom I"m curious. I have a 9-year old dancer who I believe is talented beyond the normal student who takes ballet for "fun". However, I am a mother. However, again, I did dance when I was in my teens. Her current ballet school, which I have been happy with, I think....doesn't give too much information about students' progress. Yes, they get moved up to the next level etc. However, I am wondering if a child at her age can be identified as a dancer that would want to consider the Schools of the Arts or go out of state to summer intensives etc. I danced when I was already into my teens and as much as I loved it knew that I wasn't going to get to that level. I know that the windows of opportunity can pass by. The teachers seem hesitant to answer questions. I believe that it may be in fear of the parents that want their child to move up because someone else in the class did etc. I am not asking that she be put somewhere she is not ready for. However, how do I tell if she is getting all of the training that she should be. How do I tell if she will be a recreational dancer or one that I should start looking at further opportunities for? Furthermore, does a teacher approach you, as the parent if she is one of those students that they may recommend to seak opportunities. Or are ballet teachers so caught up in the competition of schools and programs around them that they just keep quiet? I ask this because my daughter did two Nutcrackers this year. She did the one put on annually by her dance school as well as the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker. When she approached her teacher with the news of making the Moscow Nutcracker as well. The teacher didn't have much to say. After the Nutcracker's were finished and my daughter approached the teacher to show her pictures she was asked if she liked the other one better. What a question. I don't see why you wouldn't support a child's accomplishments since they were the ones that trained her and taught her everything she knows. It should be a compliment to the teachers. Also, these students are not going to be at this ballet school forever-hopefully going on to Companies or more challenging schools. I don't see why teachers get so offended. Just need some insight. Thanks guys Quote Link to comment
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