LauraR Posted July 9, 2008 Report Share Posted July 9, 2008 I didn't want to post this under the SI forum for two reasons 1) I think it would get more responses here 2) I think this is more of an age and general dance issue than a SI issue. However, if I am making a mistake, please feel free to move this thread to the appropriate spot. My dd just turned 12 last May and is attending her home school's SI. It is a popular SI and is 5 wks in length with the girls dancing from 10-5 with an hour break. This past week she has just been in tears and is literally counting down the days until the end. I am really surprised at this turn of events because this is the kid who loves to go to class, every class, never misses, and is bored to death when class is out. She says she knew it would be work but she's not having as much fun as she thought. She has a guest 'jazz' teacher and she thinks his routines are too suggestive. She doesn't like having barre twice daily. She had a girl-related accident on the first day of SI, and it's scheduled to return next week and she's VERY anxious about that type of thing. She also found out her two favorite teachers (and their styles) are not returning next school year. Her list goes on, and she's usually not a complainy girl. I think the biggest issue is the other girls she's placed with. Being a first year pointe student, she was supposed to have a separate SI program with her classmates, but enrollment didn't allow for that this year. Therefore, these girls were invited to the regular SI and placed in the lower level. Most of the other girls are from recreational or competition type schools, or at least, from schools with a different set of etiquette. When a teacher stops to make a correction or repeat the choreography, a few girls roll their eyes or make the OMG comment. A few won't try pointe work if they think they can't do it. Some feign injuries in one class only to show up to the next one. Other catty behavior is going on during breaks. My dd usually just avoids such things, and I usually don't see it at our school to that degree. I wonder if she's just overwhelmed by the negativity on top of being tired. Last week she had a class with a higher level and she said it was so nice because all the girls were so serious and in a good mood. So now, she's getting a bit turned off to ballet and SI's in general. She says she definitely doesn't want to dance in a ballet company if they do barre all day. ;) While she does enjoy ballet (one barre a day is enough for her), I think her main interest lies in modern, tap, and Broadway style of jazz. She's a smooth mover, muscular, a good jumper, not a good turner. What should I do with her at this point? Just keep giving her hugs? I can pep talk her through the SI and she's determined to finish. She's looking forward to next year (so far, we haven't received evals or placement). Do modern/"jazz" students stay with ballet schools until their mid-teens before they switch? Quote Link to comment
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