buzzandmoo Posted July 27, 2011 Report Share Posted July 27, 2011 My DD (10, dancing 3 years, two at a serious school) loves ballet. Would rather dance than do anything. Absolutely loves technique classes, and adores any time they get to move across the floor. Never tires of the killer commute to class, the missed parties and playdates. She is completely in love with dance. She gets great feedback from her instructors and in the past 2 years has transformed from an average student to a standout. Her teachers have asked every year at conference time "What are your plans for the summer?" followed by the admonition to "be a kid"; swim, ride your bike, play. They have said for two years that she works hard enough all school year and her body needs to do normal kid things for those few weeks of summer. When I asked about summer programs I was told flat out NO, that she is young and there is plenty of time for that in the coming years. I personally agree but the adult peer pressure is unbelievable! I want to do the right thing for her and I am unsure. The professionals tell me one thing and almost every parent does the opposite! LOL Her schedule last year was 3 times a week for 90 minutes each, not counting Nutcracker rehearsals and 5 weeks of performances. The coming year has her 4 times a week for 90 minutes each. She is not on pointe yet, they prefer girls to be at least 11 or 3 years of technique minimum before pointe. So my question is is this; who's right? The pros who want a slow and steady (safe) development or the parents who push year round dance at this age? I (with no expertise!) feel that year round dance is coming when she goes on pointe. Am I barking up the wrong tree? DD would LOVE to dance all summer, me I feel she needs to be just a kid. I would love to hear some experienced input! Thank you! Quote Link to comment
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