dancingsolo Posted December 10, 2010 Report Share Posted December 10, 2010 I have two studios in town, both of which I can't attend for various reasons. I've been taking classes at the university, and all I can find there is two ballet classes (one hour ten minutes each) and modern classes (one hour forty-five minutes each) every weekday. Unfortunately I can only take one modern class each Thursday and the two ballet classes. Both are not 'open' and both are taught by professionals. I also visit another city three hours away (visiting relatives) and take a private and then a two-hour class every three or four weeks. This past summer I was in Germany and took a 90-minute class four times a week for three weeks. My teacher there put me en pointe then. I was almost thirteen. I used to live in a large city with a pre-professional ballet school and I took there until we moved here when I was nine. The first teacher told my mom I shouldn't go en pointe until twelve or thirteen. When we moved here I took classes at one of the two studios in town, who put me en pointe the next year, right before I turned ten. My mom wasn't allowed to have any say in the matter, but she didn't want me to have those shoes. She told them 'no center for months' and three weeks later, I was pirouetting across the floor. After the end of the semester she took me back to the first studio, and the lady there told my mom I was completely not ready for pointe so I was taken off. My mom went back and tried to give the studio owners an article about why it's not safe to put people en pointe so young, and they told us to leave for good and even threatened us to stay away, or else. I have always had good technique, besides my posture (which started after we moved) and the fact that my feet don't point well. In the old school I was one of two invited to join the pre-pro company, a subset of the professional company. Even after a year (ten to eleven) of not dancing, I didn't lose any technique. I've been reading many threads on the topic of pointe readiness. I know you'll probably say to trust my teacher, but I'm not sure I can after what my past teachers have done. Should I just trust them, or should I take myself off pointe again? Sorry for the long post. Quote Link to comment
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