dancindays Posted April 16, 2008 Report Share Posted April 16, 2008 It is that time a year again when I start thinking about next year and I always have the same issues... First, my daughter dances at a studio where the main focus is not ballet - the ballet teachers are great and talented and I trust them - however most of the kids are taking ballet, jazz, hip hop etc. as an after school activity to have fun. My daughter is only 10 years old, ballet comes very naturally for her but, she does not want to leave the studio - she wants to stay with her friends. I have explained to her that if she truly wants to be the best she can be she needs to go somewhere else. But she is 10 and not a competitive person by nature. And while she says that dancing is the most important thing to her she can't see down the road. She gets lots of attention at her dance studio from friends and teachers so naturally she is very happy. My gut is to let her stay and see if she changes her mind in a year or two, but I worry that she will regret it one day.... But I'm not sure how strongly I should persuade her to leave. Second, if we do stay at this studio, the ballet classes are 1:15 min long and they will never be 1:30 min - the studio is a business and they can fit in more classes this way. They will offer three or four ballet classes at her level next year- She currently takes two. I would like her to get the best training she can at this studio so if she decides one day to move she will have done her best under the circumstances. How many classes should she take? And would private lessons or more classes help make up for the shorter classes? Quote Link to comment
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