Guest ProudBalletParent Posted January 17, 2006 Report Share Posted January 17, 2006 Hello everyone, it's been a while Well, here's our CURRENT situaiton, It seems various teachers have expressed to us their opinion on dancers taking time off from dance (ballet specifically). One teacher has her dancers take the whole month of August and the whole month of December off. She says she feels that their bodies need that. Yet another teacher says that time off should be in moderation. For instance, maybe a few weeks in the summer and a few weeks around the Christmas season. We have recently gotten off our holiday vacation from school and dancing. My dd (who will be 11 this year) had a total of 18 days off from dance classes. However, she is the type of child who has dance in her blood. Therefore, I would find her in the basement with her cd player and ballet shoes (sometimes in costume, ) dancing her heart out. Not just "flitting around", but actually using the counter top in one section of our basement and using it as a barre and going through a full barre. The problems? Well, when she went back to her dance classes, BOTH her instructors noticed that she was popping her ribcage. With her dancing as much as she did, but with no one to supervise, she devellopped a bad habit that seems to require much thought to correct for her. If she had been in classes, I feel she would not have learned this bad habit. What are your opinions? At this time of year, I have to start thinking about my dd's summer dance schedule (good grief ) Thanks everyone, and I hope your holidays were wonderful! Quote Link to comment
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