Maymay Posted December 28, 2011 Report Share Posted December 28, 2011 My 9 year old DD has attended a dance school for the last 4 years run by an excellent ballet teacher and she has been involved in their competition company the entire time. The teacher feels strongly about kids being in company and thinks it makes them more well rounded. My DD generally performs in 2-3 numbers and has 2 solos in 4-5 different competitions a year. She holds her own and has always done her assigned part but she is always given back row or lesser parts because she struggles with fast paced jazz dances and tends to be on the shy side. She has advanced well in ballet and scores high on her RAD exams. Ballet is what she does best. Recently some kids a few years older than her have joined us from a ballet-only school and they are phenomenal dancers. While I believe we have the best ballet teacher in the area, I am questioning the "well rounded" aspect of being in company at such a young age and focusing on so many different things. My husband and I feel like that if DD spent more time while she was young working on her ballet technique she would be much better off. We spend major money and time to go to these competitions and come home with dog tags and plastic trophies and not much else. I feel my money would be better spent with privates and focus on ballet. I plan to leave her in recreational jazz, tap, lyrical and gymnastics but use the thousands I would save on making her into a more skilled dancer. After going to competitions for four years it feels like a money-making racket more than an enlightening experience and I also feel that I'm not using my money in the best way for her. Am I off base, does company and competing make them more well rounded or can you get that from recreational classes and growing up a bit? Quote Link to comment
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