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Dear Ms.Leigh,

What is the typical time in a dancer's training to learn classical variations?

While investigating options for summer study, some of the programs request an audition dvd that includes a classical variation. I am not sure my child has learned one yet, even though she has been a student at 2 "classical ballet" schools for about 10 years . She's 14. Did we miss the boat??

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The time to learn variations is when they are technically ready to start learning them. You have not missed the boat. It's possible that she is not yet in a class that is advanced enough to learn the variations, or that her school does not teach a variations class. Talk to her teacher and tell her about needing a variation for the video, ask her if your daughter is ready for a variation, and hopefully she will teach her one and coach her. You might need to do a private lesson or two.

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I was curious as to which summer intensives ask for a variation. We never ran into that when dd was auditioning for summers. That's a whole different boat that we missed I guess. :)

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