balletdaughter Posted August 21, 2008 Report Share Posted August 21, 2008 (edited) This is my first post so I hope I do it right...feel free to correct me. I've been reading posts for a while and have found this forum to be very informative. My DD is 11. Since she was very young, she's been taking classes at a pre pro school with a very good reputation. Two years ago, the studio seemed to imply that they did not think my daughter was talented or had potential as a dancer. At that point, she was taking 5 hours/week of ballet. Last year, her teacher saw potential in my daughter and had her take classes at her original level as well as a few additional ones. She also started her on pointe in the spring of last year. Here's the issue...she has mixed feelings about her old studio though she liked her teacher from last year. She does, however, like performing in a professional production of the Nutcracker. At both studios, she would be dancing 7 hours/week in September with an option for a Saturday class/performing group for 3 1/2 hours. The new studio would also offer an elective jazz class. The new studio would have a pointe class starting in Sept while the old studio would start pointe in January. My DD feels like the old studio favors certain dancers and feels hurt by this. That's why she is open to leaving that studio. By the same token, she is nervous about leaving a studio with a great reputation and going with a teacher she likes (the teacher is a former professional dancer). My daughter is now feeling like maybe the teacher only told her she was talented because she was looking for students for her new studio. Does the reputation of the studio make a difference? I hope this makes sense. My daughter is having such a difficult time deciding which studio to go with next month. Thanks. Edited September 27, 2008 by balletdaughter Quote Link to comment
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