LittleSugarPlum97 Posted December 17, 2005 Report Share Posted December 17, 2005 Hello, all! I'm the mother of an eight-year-old who's in love with ballet. She spends hours almost every day dancing around the house. She's performing in The Nutcracker currently (she's a Little Mouse). She has memorized most of the roles from watching the older girls very intently, and she dances them all herself here at home. What I worry about is whether she will get into bad habits this way. She does pirourettes all over the place and tells me that it's OK because she's spotting. No one has ever taught her to do a pirouette, and she has only rudimentary knowledge of how to spot. I'm afraid she will teach herself incorrectly and then not be able to learn the correct way later (she isn't scheduled to learn pirourettes for another two years). She also dances demi-pointe most of the time when she dances by herself, sometimes for long periods. Will this harm her feet? She takes 3-1/2 hours of ballet per week and one hour of tap. She seems to be doing very well in class, and she has a beautiful ballet body (long limbs, very graceful, lovely arched feet). How can I get her additional help without being a pushy mom at the studio? I'm looking forward to seeing any replies! Thank you! Quote Link to comment
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