Violin4Me Posted July 25, 2008 Report Share Posted July 25, 2008 (edited) My 14 yo DD is taking a placement class at CPYB a week from Sunday and she is scared to death to do it. We just moved to Carlisle with the military and have been looking at all of the ballet options available, but we are just not finding a whole lot here. My DD had kind of shied away from CPYB because she is a little bit older - she danced for 6 years as a little girl, then did gymnastics for 4 years, and returned to ballet seriously about 18 months ago. She has progressed very quickly, has been on pointe about a year and is doing very well. She received a wonderful evaluation at the end of the year and was going to move up to the next level at her former school. When we asked her former teacher about CPYB, she said that she didn't think it would be a really good fit for DD because of the intensity and the competitiveness. But, her teacher really doesn't have any first hand experience, so she is giving an opinion based on hearsay. Unfortunately, DD heard her say that and now it is stuck in her head. We had to push really hard to get DD to even agree to sign up for the 2 week intensive. We took a tour earlier this week and she was overwhelmed by the size of the program. She is really worried that she will be taken off of pointe and put in a class with much younger girls, based on what she has has heard others say. I know she would get good training there, but we will only be here for 10 months, so I don't know how much she would be able to progress through the program during that time. I have tried to convince her that this may be a wonderful opportunity for her to train at a world-class program and that she should at least give it a shot. But, I also know that she will have to go into that placement class in top form with all of her confidence intact if she wants to do well - and only she can make that happen. Any advice?? Edited July 25, 2008 by Violin4Me Quote Link to comment
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