ifnotwhynot Posted April 15, 2008 Report Share Posted April 15, 2008 Hi everyone, I'm new here and I'm hoping that someone can give me some advice/reassurance! My daughter is just 10, quite small for her age and desperate to follow ballet or dance as a career. She has had some considerable success with auditions and is an associate of a couple of good vocational schools and has been selected to perform with youth dance companies. I believe that her luck is due to the fact that she is good technically and quite cute (can I say that, as her Mum?!) and I am concerned that when it comes to selection for schools next year her turnout and flexibility will let her down. When she lies on her back and does froggies/butterfly her kness are about 3 inches from the floor and she is flat in only one split, again being a few inches away in the others. As she does work on her flexibility, within the time available and also, I hope, within sensible limits at home, I am concerned that she may have reached the limit of her potential. My question is: how much flexibility/turnout can increase beyond the age of ten and, indeed, how important they are at initial selection for dance schools? I have had conflicting advice from one teacher (who is not experienced with having pupils with such aspiration) and other teachers make themselves scarce as they do not want to be approached by anxious parents! I do think that after a week of intensive training at summer schools etc, the issues do seem to improve slightly, only to regress when less time is available so hope that being at a school full time would definitley make a difference - but of course, the adjudicators do not know that! I would really appreciate any thoughts or comments any of you might have, and apologise if this topic has already been covered elsewhere - just point me in the right direction! Many thanks Quote Link to comment
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