marigold Posted March 11, 2008 Report Share Posted March 11, 2008 As a parent, I am finding my daughter's deemed potential and passion for dance to be as huge a responsibility handed to me as is all the happiness that comes from her dancing. The decisions that have to be made are profound ones. I knew that already. But I have just been talking to other parents since a first run at YAGP and have been told that most seriously pusuing a career in dance are already forgoing their education in middle school and attending pre-professional dance boarding schools similar to the high school ones. They are students who have already been in competitions since age 9 and spend most of their school day hours preparing for them, as opposed to hours after school preparing for them or taking classes. My d. now takes classes 5 days a week. I was told she is physically in the tiny percentile with the right body type for classical ballet. She wants to pursue a professional career but also wants to go to college. I have read that this is possible in different ways. But is it really? There are so many naysayers among parents. When a teacher who knows the business well tells you that the potential for your d. to go all the way with her dream is there, what do you do? Are there examples of professional ballet dancers who have arrived where they are and havel stayed in school? Quote Link to comment
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