Taradriver Posted April 9, 2008 Report Share Posted April 9, 2008 A year down the college decision road and dd is no longer a dance major. She is doing wonderfully at university and is very happy but is now majoring in something else (her other first love). Dancing for grades drove her away from the ballet major. She quit. She did not get poor grades in dance. They were fine. But grading is both objective and subjective and she became increasingly frustrated. There has always been an academic debate in dance faculties when it comes to grading. I mean hardly seems fair to give a good grade to a dancer blessed with great facility but a so-so work ethic and a lesser grade to a dancer who works very hard but may not have the same natural ability. And communicating how the dancer is being graded can be dicey. Long story, but dd did not like it. This was something she never considered. So, I am advising all of you seniors out there to ASK the ballet department about their grading policies before you make your decision. We were naive. We never thought it would be an issue. This isn't a knock on the university dd attends, either, she is still there and loving it. And she is still studying ballet, as she puts it, "without the gorilla on my back." There is something to be said for majoring in something else at university and taking ballet at a pre-pro outside, even though the schedule is demanding. Good luck to each and every one of you fabulous seniors! Quote Link to comment
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