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Is it possible to improve?


Astrodancer

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It seems lately that none of my teachers make many corrections (to anyone) anymore. Individual corrections are especially scarce. I am the type of dancer that needs frequent reminders of my bad habits, otherwise I start to backslide. I feel like I've been hovering at the same level for the past year or so, and its really starting to depress me. During the rare moment of a correction, I always try to apply it to myself, and I ask a lot of questions in class too, in hopes of gaining whatever information I can in order to improve, but I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere.

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Sounds like your instructors are all suffering from burnout. Time to go school-shopping, then.

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I know that would be ideal. But with my situation, its just not possible. What is your opinion though, about making improvements? :)

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If your teachers aren't going to look after it for you, then you're going to have look after it yourself. Work as well as you can with what input you can get.

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Guest arabesque07

I have that problem every now and then. I go back to the basics to make sure I haven't lost certain things in my basic technique. I'm very careful to articulate through my foot, and such. Also, I always use that time (as well as every other class) to work particularly on my rotation, turnout, and strength. Those are things that cannot be taught very well, but that you have to work on yourself. I'm careful to make sure my knees are always over my toes and basic stuff like that. Fortunately, though, those periods only last for a few weeks. Hopefully this will not be a continuous thing for your teachers either.

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Actually I already do listen to other people's corrections (when there are any). The problem is that nobody in class seems to get many corrections anymore.

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Guest Turnout Burnout

Sounds to me as if your teachers are going through something...

I don't know how out of line in ballet etiquette it would be to ask for more corrections, but my past experiences with teachers (at least with the ones I've had, everybody's different) is that they like to see an assertive attitude (no pun intended... :blushing: I bet that joke gets old quick.) I wouldn't go ahead and ask right away though, until somebody with a bit more studio experience than I do says it's a wise decision.

I know what you are talking about, I have had one or two teachers that just seem to grow apathetic, usually after some disappointment in behavior of students in class and out of the studio/school. I think it's a bigger problem with teenagers because they tend to be more prone to disrespect and lacking in attention during class. I'm not saying you personally have done anything to intiate the lack of corrections, but that perhaps another student has and the teacher is just stressed out. Our teachers are human too, lol! :lol:

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