Blanche Posted April 24, 2005 Report Share Posted April 24, 2005 My 6 year old daughter has been waiting since age two and half (when she first saw Nutcracker) to have a chance to perform in it. Yesterday she auditioned for the first time--nerve-wracking for me, exciting for her. I was a little (more than a little?) surprised when I was handed the rehearsal schedule, however. Rehearsals begin nary a week after school is out at the end of June, one to three per week, and continue through the performances in December. Dancers (including the 6 to 8 year olds) are allowed one "week" of vacation in that six month period, and may be excused from rehearsal only for their own "serious illness" or death in the immediate family. Since I have not been involved in any Nutcracker performance anywhere in more than 15 years, I feel a bit out of tune. Back then, I remember rehearsals started somewhere in August or September and there were a certain number of excusable absences (though I was HS/college age and remember being at rehearsal even with colds and such). Is what my daughter being asked the norm these days, even for 6 to 8 year-olds? I am certainly one who understands the commitment involved in a ballet performance, but it struck me as a very early start and a long haul for that age group. I'd like to know from all of your experiences out there, is this the age now that this sort of commitment starts? Feeling a bit naive here now that I'm the parent... Quote Link to comment
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