dancingjet Posted July 8, 2008 Report Share Posted July 8, 2008 I'm not quite sure where this may go, and I may just be looking for others who have experienced something similar. Last night, DD was crying over ballet for the first time. She talks about working so hard and feeling picked on, that she can't just have fun. The ironic thing is we moved her to a studio that is much more child-centered and relaxed, with a more slow and steady approach. Her teacher has expressed that sometimes DD almost works too hard. I can't tell if this is really about ballet, or summertime blues, or what. DD doesn't show any of this at class, but she's so amazingly good at shoving things down that it's a minor miracle that she broke down at all last night. There's a perfectionist streak in her, and while I think she hears that it can take months or even years to correct something, I don't think she believes that. She gets frustrated hearing the same corrections over and over again. I feel like all I can do is listen on the rare occasions she opens up. She knows that she can stop ballet at any time, and that she is welcome to try other things too if she wants. Part of me feels like she's depressed about summer vacation, that it hasn't been what she wanted, that she misses her school friends and it's easy to pin it all on ballet because there are things there that she can articulate. She goes to school in another city so it isn't simple to see classmates, though she did see one of them twice last week. She complains about summer being "so busy" already. We went on a vacation (!) and the only activity she has is ballet, where her other best friends are. Any thoughts? Been there, done that? Quote Link to comment
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