backstagemom Posted September 17, 2011 Report Share Posted September 17, 2011 DD is 14. She has been taking dance (ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop) all of her life. She used to be in a regular dance school with regular dance recitals. She was happy there and didn't express interest in a pro career. When she turned 12, she was at the top of her school. She no longer felt challenged and started to talk about a pro career. We finished out the year and moved to a prepro school connected with a ballet company. First shock - She was placed in a much lower class than we expected. A lot of the girls were younger than DD. We learned quickly that she was behind. For the first time, I started to research and learn about ballet. I think in her past school she had a hodgepodge of instruction. She was lacking the technique, but she does have natural ability and musciality. She is still behind, but quickly catching up. She is now in the pre-graded division. She auditioned and earned a spot in the performance dance group that is considered the training wing for the ballet company. She also was cast in small parts in two upcoming ballets. She participated in her first dance intensive at the studio this summer with Olga Katrinsky (sp?). I also paid for some private lessons (which were amazing). I think she has already come a long, long way in a year. But she is 14 and one of the oldest girls in most of her classes. She wants to dance professionally. That's her dream. I think her school is wonderful, but I'm wondering what else we can do to help her catch up and get to where she needs to be. Her ballet teacher told me she has the natural ability and potential, but she has to work hard to catch up. She did say she is catching up quickly and is applying what she is learning. I feel like an idiot for not learning everything I could years ago and getting her into the better school. If you are behind at 14 -is it too late? Can she catch up and go on to have a pro career? I worry that I put her at a disadvantage by keeping her in her former school for so long -especially when I knew about her current school. I've been having one of those "Ooops! I could have had a V-8" moments all year long. I'm glad she is where she is now, but I'm constantly worried that my lack of paying attention will let her down in the end. Quote Link to comment
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