finallykf Posted August 3, 2010 Report Share Posted August 3, 2010 We have very few quality ballet schools in our area. My son attends a school that uses the Balanchine method, there is another school in town that uses the Russian method (Vaganova?) but the school has been very unstable lately. There is a third school that doesn't really use any specific method as far as I can tell. Unfortunately, there are no RAD method schools within driving distance. Will this negatively affect my son who is almost 9 if we end up having to move and he is then able to attend a RAD school? Just how different are the methods? Are we talking about having to learn to adjust a few things here and there or are we talking about going back to square one? On a side note, my son is finding that he really wishes we had a RAD school nearby. We just went to see Billy Elliot and he is very frustrated that all he is doing is plies and tendu, piques, and barely starting pirouettes. He understands that he needs to master the basics before he can move on to more advanced moves but is frustrated that no one can tell him when that will be. I have to agree with him. It seems very arbitrary. With RAD it seems like we would at least have some kind of guideline as to what he needs to accomplish. Right now we feel like one day the instructor just randomly decides to move kids up to the next age group but they seem to be doing the same things just with older kids. Is that similar in RAD? My son looks out on YouTube at these really young boys at ballet competitions and doesn't understand how they can do all that at such a young age when no one at his current school appears to be taught those things until they are in their early or mid teens. Are we missing something? Quote Link to comment
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