Ginniathezinnia Posted July 12, 2011 Report Share Posted July 12, 2011 Over the last year, I've gone back to ballet after a three year break, found that I was still very much in tact for dancing and have been receiving financial support from my parents to keep up this hobby. My teacher believes that if I commit to my classes that I will be able to find a dance job as I have the right body for it. As an adult though, I feel sometimes like the pursuit of a career this late in my life is very risky and at times I just don't feel like it's worth it. I teach for a living and I have always thoroughly enjoyed that and feel like that is the main aspect in dance that I want to work in. I started taking classes again to improve my teaching, not so that I could become a professional dancer, as much as I would have loved that. This year has been very tense between my parents and I however, and I no longer feel like it's appropriate to ask them for financial help to pay for my classes. I am moving right now and have taken the week off (not from work, however, just from class) so that I can get settled into my new home. I went on vacation last spring and my teacher was incredibly upset with me because he wanted to give me a bigger part during recital and he doesn't like for me to miss summer classes either because the training time is valuable. I feel like I can't ever get a break to save up some cash or gain a couple of pounds (which I need!) and I'm starting to wonder what I should be aiming for here. I don't want to turn down the idea of a dance career if I could get one but, trying to juggle moving out of my parent's house and become financially responsible for just everyday things, while trying to get a dance job, seems near impossible. This teacher has done wonders for my self-esteem as a dancer because at my old school they told me I just didn't have what it took to train pre-professionally and wouldn't ever give me a solid reason why and as a child I had some serious body-image issues because I couldn't imagine them having a problem with anything else. And my current teacher says every day that I have the perfect instrument, and that I just need to train it. He has given me the fair chance I've always wanted but sometimes I feel like I'm too old to meet his expectations. I'm rambling but that's the basic jist of things. Any advice? And P.S. I am twenty, for those who don't know. My dad is very concerned that I am doing this instead of going to college right now as well as the many other issues going on. Quote Link to comment
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