Isabeara Posted August 25, 2010 Report Share Posted August 25, 2010 Hello All, I am an avid lurker and huge Ballet Talk fan. Normally I prefer to just read posts, but I'm having a bit of trouble and would like some advice. I am in a new town with very little professional ballet, and while I have plenty of teaching jobs, finding a solid ballet class to take has proved very difficult. The studio where I do take class ofers adult ballet, but it is all beginner. Most advanced adults take the highest level ballet class, with students ages 12-18. The class is good, and I leave sweating, which is the best sign. It is always taught by the same teacher (the director) and my problem is that with the rare expetion, in every class she puts us in partners. Towards the end of barre and multiple combinations in center she pairs each student with another (whoever is closest- we never pick our own partners) and has the second group "observe and explain" what they saw to the first group and vice versa. While I believe this is a helpful exercise once in a while, doing it every class is painful for me. I've fought with this emotionally for many months, and while I know this sounds ridiculous, I am just so tired of having a 14 year old correct me! I know I should be grateful and take corrections whenever I can get them, and I am by no means 'diva-ish" or ever disrespectful, but I really dread this part of class. I am there for myself, to work on myself, and while I love corrections from any teacher, I really don't like it when classmates do the same. If I happened to be paired with an older adult (I'm 24) it is not bad at all. We both "get it." But fewer and fewer adults show up anymore, and if I'm paired with someone closer to my age, it's like they're competing with me. That being said, the worst is with a 14-17 year old. They want so badly to impress, that I think they feel they "need" to give a correction or else they're not doing it right. They are always polite, and usually follow with a compliment, so I feel bad for complaining, but I'm just so tired of it. It's not just one combination per class either. It makes me not want to go, but at the same time, I am desparate for a good class! Am I being ridiculous? I know I need to just stick it out, but I'm looking for suggestions on how to do so, or how to make the teacher aware that I prefer her corrections over her students'. Thanks for any advice! Quote Link to comment
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