msd Posted July 30, 2006 Report Share Posted July 30, 2006 First, to the parents of 13+ (and to the wise teacher/moderators) a moment to stop and say HURRAH!! and THANK YOU!! I stumbled on this site when my dd was going on 10, had just announced that she was serious about ballet...and I was searching for information. I found it, and much wise council, here. Lots has changed; new members, the topics on the board (always new information), ideas, etc...but for my dd -- dancing, always dancing. I've learned a lot along the way, from her, her teachers, and here on the boards. Now dd is turning 13 in September (yes, I've promised her her own account then) and this ballet thing is getting more and more "real" (okay, overwhelming at times). This summer, she did her first SI away from home. LOVED IT. Come fall, she will be in class 5 nights a week (she's thrilled); and rehearsing most weekends. So again (and not for the first time), I'm coming to the Parents Who Know (as in, have been there) for wisdom -- any thoughts on the world of the intense, daily dancer? I'm still working out the kinks of transporation versus (my) work schedule, carpools, homework (as in WHEN will it happen?), sleep, meals...the behind-the-scenes stuff to make this ballet life workable in the context of family life. It's interesting...when the parents' board split a few years ago into the over/under 13 groups, I didn't really think anything of it. Now that dd is turning 13, and the intensity and commitment is ramping up full speed, it's starting to hit me that this isn't (and in my child's eyes, never was!) a nice, after-school something to do; and maybe next semester we'll try basket-weaving. Next semester, mom, is more dancing! At least in her case, 13 is kind of a turning point. In the level she's about to enter, there are two programs: full-time and intensive division (yup -- she's in intensive, and like many others are responding on another current topic, one of the youngest in her level). It seems to be getting very real about now... How do you do it? What keeps you sane (on and off the road)? Best-kept secrets for a well-adjusted (well...in light of the age!) teen dancer?? Quote Link to comment
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