ginam Posted October 7, 2008 Report Share Posted October 7, 2008 Hello, What should children typically be doing in ballet classes at different ages, from say 4-12, assuming they've started when they were 4? I don't want her to do anything inappropriate for her or that will harm her body later, but I also don't want to be so easy going that if we move, she'll sign up for ballet and not have solid fundamentals with other children her age. Here's our situation if you'd like to know...otherwise just some good pointers are much appreciated!! Gina Situation: My daughter turned 5 last month. In the States, she took ballet from the summer of 07 through May of 08 and LOVED it. Her classes were very introductory, as you can imagine...movement, listening to the teacher, loving music, starting to get the idea of pointing toes, skipping, etc. We've just moved to Japan and have a couple of options, but don't know what to do. I'd love to put her in a local ballet school, where she could learn ballet as well as some Japanese language. We saw a recital of theirs, which was lovely, and by age 12-15, the girls are really looking graceful. American children are welcomed. Our other option is to take lessons on the US base here, in English. One Japanese teacher on base is really recommended as being true to ballet and having high expectations, but being kind as well...the other two are spouses of service people, so I don't know if they are really BALLET TEACHERS, or people who have danced previously and are now teaching. Here's the deal: I know that one teacher on base is truly a ballet teacher, but the American children I spoke to at the off-base school feel that she doesn't teach things early enough. That's why they attend the local Japanese ballet school. The other two US teachers...I just don't know what kind of training they've had. So the Japanese ballet school has true ballet teachers, but I think maybe they push things too young. Then again...I don't know what is too early. I just don't want to hurt her feet or legs or hips, but I also don't want her learning improper ballet. If she didn't love it so much, we'd just do something else, but she can't imagine life without ballet at this point. Ugh... HELP )!! Thanks so much! Gina Quote Link to comment
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