drivingmissdancer Posted September 23, 2006 Report Share Posted September 23, 2006 I have a 10 year old daughter whom I homeschool along with her younger siblings. She has always been a very physically active child requiring little sleep. We enrolled her in gymnastics as a toddler to try to burn off some of her energy, and she eventually found her way to a pre-ballet class at age 6. From that point on, she has only wanted ballet. We have done lots of other extra things for fun, but her drive for ballet continues to grow as each year passes. She continues to want to take as much ballet as possible. With our schedule, this works well, because we have found all of our extra activities to be a source of fun socialization and exercise after schooling. We found a good small school, which as far as we know seems to have solid training (at least at the younger levels). She is a very grounded, happy kid who seems to be thriving on this. Here are my concerns. We have slowly added classes over the years (2xweek, then 3xweek, then 4xweek - her idea). This year, she has ballet class 5xweek. She has 3 classes at her level, one the level below (her idea), and one extra variations class where they are learning more complex combinations (her teacher's idea). This seems to be a lot for her age. She is convinced that this is what she wants and is determined to work hard to get it. Are we doing the right thing by her? We are trying very hard to let her guide us in this process, but want to make sure her she is not hurting herself by doing too much. My husband and I played sports through college, so we are used to daily training– but mostly not until age 12 or so. There is no risk of her going en pointe too early, as the school is very conservative about this. I know much of my concern would be a non-issue if I was talking about a 12 or 13 year old (as it seems that this is the time that classes step up in intensity), but should we continue to let her go at this pace for the next few years? My other question is with respect to her actual training. Being novices at this, how do we know she is getting good training (the school seems good, but how do we know a teacher is good or not)? Does it really matter too much at this age? If she is going to do all these classes, would she be better off at a pre-professional school now – or should we just wait for a few years? Thanks so much for all of your help. I have already learned so much from this board. Quote Link to comment
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