tldx Posted July 13, 2011 Report Share Posted July 13, 2011 Hi. From looking through previous posts, it seems that I have a common dilemma – whether or not to change schools. I tried searching but was not able to find quite our situation, so here I go (and sorry if this has come up and I’ve missed it). My daughter is 7 (will be 8 in 2 months) and currently place in PP level 2 at a highly regarded local school (associated with an even more highly regarded local company). She has completed a total of 3 years of training now and her skill level is about average for her weekly classes. All in all, we have been very pleased with her school. Please know that my knowledge of ballet is very, very limited, being only what I have had to learn since DD has taken up dance. That basically means that I have taken all of this on little more than faith. But now I am growing concerned that this “excellent” school might actually be failing her. DD is taking a week long summer dance workshop at a collegiate school for a bit of fun. The children were assessed and placed according to skill level. The problem is that DD was placed in a pre-ballet group along with children 1-2 years younger than herself. After DD expressed her unhappiness to me on the first day, I contacted the director and asked that she be assessed again. The decision held. The explanation that I received was that she need to refine her technique and improve her vocabulary, as well break a few bad habits, and that they felt she would struggle in the next level. I can accept this as I trust that the school has a greater knowledge than myself and find it highly unlikely that they would intentionally place my daughter in the wrong level. When I picked my daughter up after classes yesterday, I explained the discussion I’d had with the director, which DD wasn’t happy about but accepted possibly because she had genuinely enjoyed her classes yesterday. The concern came when she complained that she only learned one “new thing” during ballet technique, but that she had been corrected multiple times for things she was doing incorrectly. Things she has been doing in her regular weekly classes for a very long time. She expressed that she feels the collegiate school has much higher standards and more thorough instruction, which is a surprising thing for a 7 year old to say. Now I can’t help but wonder if for the past 3 years my daughter has been receiving poor instruction, or at least not as good as we had originally believed and how I should go about really finding out if that is the case. I am fortunate that a co-worker actually received her BFA at the same school DD is attending this week and worked with the same instructor who is teaching DD’s ballet technique class. My co-worker’s opinion is that this teacher is excellent and I can trust what she says. I am preparing to call the program director to ask for her honest opinion on where my daughter actually stands in her training and if she feels that she may not be receiving good training. I’m hoping that her response will be objective and help me to figure out what I should do next. So am I crazy? Am I right to consider this a red flag? I don’t even know what I should be asking these people… I feel a little crazy for thinking so much on this for a 7 year old, but DD truly aspires to study through college and to pursue dancing professional While I anticipate that there is a very good chance she will change her mind between now and then, I know that I have to be sure that she at least receives the right foundation in her training if she is to have a chance of pursuing that dream. Quote Link to comment
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