daisychain Posted July 20, 2011 Report Share Posted July 20, 2011 My nine-year-old daughter's ballet teacher loves her. She has told me on more than one occasion that DD is "very talented." I don't know anything about ballet, never having danced myself, but I can see that she has a dramatic flair on stage that is sets her apart from the pack. She is super flexible and has good technique. The teacher told me in the middle of the year that she can do most things better than the girls who are a year older, but that she cannot move her up a level, due to her young age. Fortunately, there are two other girls in her class who are similarly talented, so she is not alone at the top of her class. The teacher has mentioned that these girls are extraordinarily talented. My daughter loves ballet class and glories in being on stage. She wants to be a professional dancer. As I mentioned, this is all new to me, so I'm trying to figure out what it may mean for her/our future. I have many questions running through my mind, so I'll spread them out over several posts over time. First, I'd love to hear from other parents who were told about their child's talent at a young age. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the combination of my inexperience and her potential. I want to make wise decisions as we go along. I also want to make sure that we make good choices about this year. She will be taking two 1.5 hour ballet classes, plus one 1.5 hour jazz class. She also will take gymnastics (not at the dance studio) for 2 hours once a week. In addition, she will have extra time at the studio several hours a week for rehersals. Would it be beneficial for her to add a third ballet class each week, or is it unncessary at her age (fourth grade)? Her teacher has told their class that they can join in on the lower level classes to improve their technique. My daugher would love to live at the ballet studio, so I'm not concerned about burn out. I do wonder about dropping gymnastics. I hate for her to lose the tumbling skills she has worked so hard for, since I think they can be beneficial for dance, but maybe an additional technique class would be a better use of her time???? Quote Link to comment
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