TheCheckWriter Posted July 20, 2010 Report Share Posted July 20, 2010 Please help. Our DDs attend a school that takes a very conservative approach to pointe readiness. The girls have been taking ballet classes three days a week, plus jazz one day a week and pre-pointe (half hour class) one day a week. At their SI's, not only are they the only ones not on pointe, the teachers at these SI's are looking at their feet and the strength of the bodies and are asking, "Why aren't you on pointe yet?" and telling the girls, "You should be." These girls are 12, going on 13 this year, one as early as the Fall. Our studio feels that girls aren't ready for pointe until 12, but the problem is, the girls will be "evaluated" for pointe work from September to October, and won't even begin their pointe classes right away. This is a problem when auditioning for SI's in January 2011. The girls already feel they are behind when they look at the girls this summer from other studios who are 11 and 12 and they are very worried they will be at a huge disadvantage if they haven't had enough pointe classes by the auditions. They also realize that the pointe classes they will take beginning in November will just be a few minutes standing in pointe shoes and not actually dancing. At our studio, a guest lecturer who talked about fitting pointe shoes told the girls that professional dancers are up on pointe at least by 11, implying that all of our girls won't have a chance of becomming professional dancers. When the girls panicked, the director dismissed the comments and insisted she was doing the right thing. I do understand that many studios put the girls up on pointe before they are ready and then risk injury. I completely understand everything in the sticky, but I still feel like our girls are behind. If the SI instructors (two girls at a big name school in NY) are saying they should already be on pointe, that they are definately strong enough, is our studio being too conservative? Should it really take a couple of months to determine pointe readiness when the girls have been dancing at least four day a week at this studio all year? Shouldn't the instructors already know if they are ready and if they need one last check, can't that be done in one class? I am starting to wonder if waiting until November has more to do with the studio being busy with Nutcracker than making absolutely sure the girls are ready. Quote Link to comment
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