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Can I Make it as a Pro?


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I am 14 yrs old, & I dance 3 days a week, for a total of about 5 hours per week. I 4 hours for ballet and 1 for modern. I'm still on pre-pointe. (Its frustrating. Some girls have been on pre-pointe for 3 years, this is my 2nd) Our school uses the Ceccetti meothed and I have only passed Grade 1 and I am working on Grade 2 for another year.

 

By the time am a senior I will probably be taking class 5 days a week. And will be on pointe. Will this be enough to make it as a dancer?

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Sounds like way too slow for a dancer on track for a career in classical ballet. You should be on pointe by now, way beyond Grade 2, and dancing at least 5, preferably 6 days a week.

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I am 14 and 1 level below the advanced class( the highest level) ( will be in that class next year) I dance 8 hours a week, but with rehersals it is about 20 hours now. is this this enough to become a ballet major in collage?? I have been on pointe for 4 years. my work load might double next year.

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Sorry, rehearsals really don't count as classtime. Sounds like you're a bit behind the curve in terms of classload. If ballet in college is your goal (and why is the goal not career), then that might get you there. Might.

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There are only 4 classes offered in Iceland I can take We do pointe once a week and the rest is on flats.Is there any other traning I can be doing untill I move back to the states and can take more? :party:

 

(Off subject but kinda funny,capizo pointes cost 130$ in Rekjavic)

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I am 13 years old, and take 3 classes a week. I am en pointe, and really honestly try my hardest. My teacher tells me that I am better than all the girls in my class, but the artistic director keeps telling me that I can't take the Advanced 1 class. I am currently in Elementary 2. Do I have any hope as to being a professional dancer? :party:

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There is no way we can know that without seeing you, NHB. Three classes a week is really minimal, and it would be good if you could get a couple more classes, even if they are lower level. Thirteen year olds are not expected to be in the top level, but they should be no more than two years away from it, or three at the most.

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If I danced anywhere else I would have be on pointe! Its frustrating how she keeps us back. But I dont think theres anything I can do about it.

 

And I started ballet when I was 12. And some girls are studying their 3rd year of grade 2 and still havent tested....

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I totally know I'm not professional or ANYTHING like that, but if you don't mind my thought?

 

Maybe because you started ballet at 12 years old and you are 14 now you haven't had enough experience to be on pointe? I really don't know. Thats my thought. Sorry if it didn't help at all.

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Stronger in what way? Are you better aligned? Rotated? Have better feet? Have more knowledge of technique?

 

When I answered you before you had not stated that you have had such a short time in ballet. It normally takes at least 3 years and a solid Int. level technique, including all the things I mentioned above. Please read the "Sticky" entitled "Facts of Life about Pointe Work", which is on the YD forums and the Pointe Shoe Topics forums, with all the Stickies at the top of the forums.

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I have read that.

 

I have realized that I am not going to make is as a professinal dancer, its just not going to happen. I will continue dancing throughout highschool though. Its just very hard to finally realize it wont happen. thanks though.

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May I ask why you are so quick to give up? It's not unheard of to become a dancer starting from age 12. It might take a bit longer, it might require an exceptional school and a very high intensity program, but it's not impossible if you have the physical facility and the passion.

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I would just like to know if my schedule is okay:

Monday- 1 hour 45 min

Tuesday- 1 hour 45 min

Wednesday- 1 hour 30 min

Thursday- 3 hours

Friday- 2 hours 45 min

Saturday- 1 hour 30 min plus rehearsals

 

I am nearly 13 1/2 years old and have been on point for 3 years. Since I was 8 my goal has been to become a professional ballet dancer.

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arabesque, how much of that is technique and how much pointe?

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