dancepop Posted August 25, 2010 Report Share Posted August 25, 2010 This is a slight variant of a question I asked last year - so I hope this is not too redundant. Our 11 3/4 year old son attends what is generally considered one of the best ballet schools in the country - and I certainly think the reputation is well warranted. Our son is going into the highest level prior to when boys are big enough (and generally post-puberty) to safely lift girls. He will be taking 1 1/2 hour classes 5 days a week (7.5 hours in total). He is attending a two week summer program right now, and is in class with some other boys who attend another well regarded school, CPYB. A boy at about the same age/level as our son takes a minimum of 22 hours of ballet a week (and can take up to 30 hours or more per week) at CPYB. I am perplexed that there can be such a difference in what good schols consider the ideal amount of training to do per week - 7 1/2 hours versus say 30 hours. Our son I think is the type of kid who would welcome training more hours and his body I suspect could handle a heavier load. On the one hand, all othe things being equal, I assume a boy who trains four times as much per day will become a much better dancer. And if this is a common practice, I assume that the top dancers itn eh world will all come form places where the kids do tha tmuch more training. On the other hand, perhaps the risk of injury is too great to take such a risk, or there is some other reason why training 8 hours a week is better at this age with no downside. But seeing what boys these days who are serious about a career in pro sport (say tennis, gymnastics, hockey...) do in training to have a chance to be really great, it seems that at least 3 to 4 hours or more per day seems the norm these days. Appreciate your advice> Although we would not even consider switching schools, I guess we could explore supplementing the current 7 1/2 hours per week with complimentary classes elsewhere. Thanks for your thoughts. Quote Link to comment
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