nightowl Posted June 30, 2008 Report Share Posted June 30, 2008 Hello to all. This is my first posted question. Please forgive me if it is wordy. I have a 17 year old ballet dancer who has been sure she wants to dance professionally since she was 3. She has never lost that passion or focus. However, I am concerned I need to do more to help her meet that goal. Our family had to make a move 2 years ago and fortunately after 6 months of looking, we found wonderful teachers trained at the Vaganova Academy in Russia. The only problem is they are so small that they do not have more than 4 days of classes available and the advanced level is often mixed with intermediate. A typical schedule is Friday: 2hrs. ballet/pointe, Saturday: 10:30-3:00 of ballet, sometimes character, sometimes pointe, then rehearsal which can sometimes last until 4:00, Sunday: 1:00-3:30 ballet/pointe, then rehearsal, Monday: 1 1/2 hrs of ballet (no pointe). Pointe time is always dancing on pointe. Not really pointe technique training. Now the schedule for next year will hopefully be spread out over the week more. My concern is that my daughter is struggling to keep her endurance up and I can't tell if it is her or the lack of dance days in her schedule. Prior to moving she had endurance because the classes were designed to build endurance. She also danced six days a week. These classes, being Vaganova, build muscle and artistry. The endurance is harder to maintain. It seems the teachers feel it is my daughter who is not working hard enough at barre to build endurance. Which may or may not be true. A dancer can always work harder. I know after barre her entire leotard is soaked. But how much is the schedule contributing? Should I try to supplement with classes elsewhere and if so what types of classes? Quote Link to comment
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