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AM I taking enough ballet?


odette922

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Okay..

Monday: Technique- 6:30-8:00

 

Tuesday: Technique- 7:00-8:30

Pointe- 8:30-9:30

 

Wednesday: Technique- 6:30-8:00

 

Thursday: Technique- 6:00-7:30

Pointe- 7:30-8:30

 

Friday: Technique- 4:30-6:00

 

Saturday: Technique- 10:00-12:30

Pointe- 12:30-1:30

 

I also usually have rehearsals on saturday for 2 and 1/2- 3 hours..even though it doesnt really count as class..

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Victoria Leigh

Okay, that's pretty good, dwc. Maybe next year they will add the 2 other days of pointe :yes: Do you do any jazz or modern?

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camilla_marchant_3

I am currently going to the best ballet school in my area and even they don't offer training everyday, even though it is quite a professional school and has great training. I do 9 hrs of lessons a week and then probably about 3 hrs on my own but somebody said this doesn't count. Surely this is enough? How would you fit in other important activities such as school work? I already don't have time to socialise much!

 

You said that you like to see students doing a technical class and pointe 6 dasy a week. How many hours per day would that be?

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pointegirl18

heres my new schedule...

 

Monday: technique...5:30-7:00

 

Tuesday: technique...2:30-4:00 (sometimes pointe)

 

Wednesday: technique...5:00-6:30 & jazz...6:30-9:00

 

Thursday: Sometimes a technique class (hour and 1/2) but not always

 

Friday: technique...2:45-4:15 (sometimes pointe)

 

Saturday: pilates...9:00-9:45 & pointe/variations...9:45-11:00 (maybe rehersals for a show)

 

Sunday: maybe rehersals for a show

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balletgirl45

I take about... 9ish hours and I'm 13. I want to take more classes but I don't have the money, the dance teacher I have right now is GREAT and I don't want to leave her. There is one other dance place that I used to take my aunt owned it but then moved to china. That's when my dance teacher moved to a different dance school(s). I followed her to 3 dance schools. She wants me to go to a dance school that's kind of far away but my mother (she admits this herself) is cheap. What should I do? :blink:

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pointegirl18 without knowing your age and how many years you have studied ballet, your schedule seems a bit lacking. :blink: It has been my experience that a pointe class without having a prior ballet technique class is not in the best interest of any dancer. From what I am understanding, you have 2 ballet technique classes weekly? :shrug:

 

balletgirl45, please take a big breath, slow down so it is easier to understand your question. :sweating: Since you have found a teacher with whom you have a good relationship, maybe your teacher might be able to help you with scholarship information for the other school as well as speaking with your mother regarding how important ballet training is to you. Please suggest to your mother to become a registered member of BT4D so she may begin the educational process with input from parents of dancers, students and teachers alike. It may be eye opening for her! :thumbsup:

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Victoria Leigh

Sweet_ames, that would be about 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. I'm hoping that you are including rehearsals in that number? It really sounds like an awful lot for a 13 year old. Can you break it down day by day for us?

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Midnight_Vixen1992

I'm 15, and I started seriously studying ballet when I was 9.

 

Monday: 1.5 hr technique, followed by 45 min of pointe (2 hr, 15 min)

Tuesday: 2 hr technique (2 hr)

Wednesday: 1.5 hr technique/pointe class (a regular technique class, but taken on pointe by the intermediate/advanced students, which includes me) (1.5 hr)

Thursday: 2 hr technique class (2 hr)

Friday: 1.5 hr technique, followed by .5 hr of pointe (2 hr)

Saturday: 2 hr technique class (can be taken on pointe by the intermediate/advanced students if the student wishes) (2 hr)

 

From October-December, and from March-June, I usually have between 5-7 hours of rehearsals on the weekends as well. That makes 11 hrs and 45 min during the months without rehearsals, and between 16-19 hours during the months with rehearsals. Is this an appropriate schedule for me?

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In my experience, it is not the best schedule to have a full class on pointe instead of a technique class. However, it is common for some schools. You seem to be right on track for number of classes per week, but your rehearsal schedule is a bit exhausting for one day of rehearsal. Do you dance all of those hours or are those hours the times your studio is open? Even professional dancers in the top companies in the world, do not have 7 hours of consistent rehearsals. :) They may be in the building, but not dancing! Do you have a day off weekly? A day of rest is advisible. :o

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I am 13

 

Mon: technique 1.5 hours + 1 hour variations on pointe

Tues: technique 1.5 hours + 1 hour pointe and variations

Wednesday: technique 1.5 + 1 hour partnering (obviously on pointe)

Thursday 2 hour technique

Friday: 2 hour technique (on pointe)

Saturday: 1.5 technique + 3 hours rehearsal (on pointe)

 

no modern or jazz

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I am 14 and a half and I dance about 20 hours a week. We have 1.5 hour technique classes 5 days a week, and then we have our R.A.D class that is one hour long once a week, and I take the level higher for the extra ballet, so that is an extra 1.5 hour class. I also have jazz and lyrical each once a week. However, I only have 1 pointe technique class, sometimes 2! Most rehearsals are on pointe, and then 1-2 days a week we do a center pointe. Does this sound like enough pointe?

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Victoria Leigh

Adagio xo, that sounds quite good to me, although I hope that there will eventually be some modern and/or jazz added.

 

2dance2dream, it's not bad, but I would prefer more dedicated pointe class time, as opposed to doing center on pointe.

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I take about... 9ish hours and I'm 13. I want to take more classes but I don't have the money, the dance teacher I have right now is GREAT and I don't want to leave her. There is one other dance place that I used to take my aunt owned it but then moved to china. That's when my dance teacher moved to a different dance school(s). I followed her to 3 dance schools. She wants me to go to a dance school that's kind of far away but my mother (she admits this herself) is cheap. What should I do? :shrug:

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Victoria Leigh

balletgirl45, your question was answered higher up on this page, following the first time you asked the same question. Please scroll up a bit and see a post by a teacher/moderator, vrsfanatic. :shrug:

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