spazzerina Posted August 12, 2010 Report Share Posted August 12, 2010 I'm writing like a novel's worth of background information, so bear with me. I started training when I was 12 at a serious school, but for the past three years I have seldom taken more than three technique classes per week because my parents deemed it as too expensive. When I started pointe 10 months later, I rarely had the opportunity to take pointe classes because they were often canceled for nutcracker rehearsals. This past March I took the Intermediate level RAD exam after only 2 months of studying and scored a Merit. I just came back from the Orlando Ballet School SI and was invited to stay year round. Unfortunately, my parents said no because there is no dorm program and they can't move and won't send me to live on my own. I have a good amount of natural facility and turnout, and a suitable body type. I just turned 15 and I realize that this is a crucial year in my training; I have to catch up technically because once I turn 16, summer programs and schools stop looking for potential. My teacher has a wealth of experience, having trained at the London Studio Center and holding diplomas from the Cechetti Imperial society and RAD. However, since she had kids she is around less often and we don't have classed 6 times a week for the Intermediate/ Advanced level. Also, MANY classes are canceled during Nutcracker season to make room for rehearsals. Although she remains an exceptional teacher, she has gotten much less strict and the studio only has another 3 dancers that are serious about a professional career. Whenver I mention ballet as a career to my parents (well the theoretical notion of it) they say things like, its not a stable life, there's not enough money to live on, starving artist, your so smart you have to go to college, don't throw away school........ blah blah blah I can understand that they want me to be a doctor, especially since I've always been at the top of my class and both of them are very practical and academic people. (Dad is engineer/buisnessman and mom is poli-sci major) I think the both see ballet as a nice hobby and good excersize but not a job or anything practical. I feel like they are prouder of my academic achievements than all the hard work I've put in ballet. My best friend (who goes to my studio and wants to become professional also) is planning on leaving school a period early (completing those courses online) to further her training. I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner! How do I convince my parents to let me have this more intensive (and expensive) training schedule? How do I texplain to them that this is what I want to do, that its where my heart is? Anybody have a similar experience/problem? I also need to talk to my teacher about how I really need to catch up this year and how I need daily classes. Help! Quote Link to comment
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