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Dancing during the summer...


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So this past year I've been at college but this summer I expect to go back to my normal dance life. I know my dance teachers assume that I will be going to the same studio I've been at for 4 years...but this new studio opend up and they have a few classes I would love to take...like pas de deux and so on. I'm intrested in looking at this school. Would it be rude of me to take most of my classes at my normal studio while checking out the other one?

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I think it would be a good idea to discuss it with one of your teachers, or the director, of the school you will be attending for most of your classes. If you have been there a long time, I think they would be very hurt if you just went somewhere else.

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I have a similar situation here. About 1.5 years ago I started taking classes at a different studio -a very good one- and told my regular theacher (were i began dancing and had been for the past 1.5 years) about it. She told be it was ok, but she thought that the other studio technique , Cuban-based, would propably put too much strain on my bad knees. So I stopped going, out of fear. I later found out this wasn't at all true :dry: , and was told that the other teacher was actually very understaning about weak spots and injuries.

This summer (its summer here in CR, yup, in Januray) im taking my regular studio's SI classes, every morning from 10 to 1, and in the nights i sought out begginers classes at two other new studios. One was an 8 session course, very fun and laid back, which ended today. The other place is at an amazing arts center, and Im thinking of staying there, because the teachers (a cuban couple) give amazing instruction, and there are only about 5 students, so its great, every class they focus and help me out, and also give us body consitioning and streching time each lesson. If I do decide to stay, Im not sure I should tell my teacher (because i now know what she really feels), and I would still be taking the 5 weekly classes and all the rehersal at my regular place. Shes a good teacher, and ive gotten good classes there in the past, but she picks favourites and corrects only them and ignores all the rest, so i feel i need more attention at times (and less yelling would also be nice). So MUST i tell? ANd how??? :unsure:

 

 

-sorry, long post, i know! :blushing: -

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Danzatriz, I think the situation is a bit different with a beginning student. You have only been at that place one and a half years. That's not quite the same thing as if you had been there since age 5 or something like that. If you need to take classes in more than one place to take enough classes, then go for it. Once you are beyond the beginning level, then you need to decide which school and stay with it. By the way, I have been very impressed with what I have seen of the Cuban training. :dry:

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Actually, I think i miscomunicated. The first time I tried another school, i had been there 1,5 years. Im now in my third year of training -even though im not sure in out of the "begginer" label yet.

Still, I decided to take only 3 classes at college this semester to focus more on dance, so i think i'll stay at both places (originally it was to be in a bIG ballet performance my teahcer is doing, but im now not sure if I'll even be casted, but that a hole other story)

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