Clutterbug Posted August 29, 2012 Report Share Posted August 29, 2012 I have searched through the forums and gleaned lots of information but am struggling with translating it to our situation as we are in Australia. DD is 14 and is focused on a career in dance. We have tried to keep her grounded and her options open rather than having the focus solely on dance to the exclusion of everything else. She is still doing very well academically and plays a musical instrument to a high standard. So far so good. This year necessitated a change of dance school and academic school and although her dance schedule is not ideal it seems to be working at the moment. She is dancing around 14 hours a week, 10 of which is ballet. We have been told by many that she has the perfect physique for ballet (at the moment one said!) and her ballet teachers have commented on her drive, determination and strong work ethic. This year her aim was to gain a place in a pre-professional ballet program. She could then still live at home and also complete her high school certification for further education. However she recently spent four days in Melbourne at the final auditions for a full time place at the Australian Ballet School and loved it. She was very upset when she was not offered a place. Almost all of the other short listed candidates in her age group were studying ballet full time and studying by distance education. We are now wondering if DD can afford to keep on the slow steady minimum number of hours path when she will be continually up against kids who are training full time. After reading the many posts I realize that the quality of the training is more important than the quantity but that there is a necessary minimum number of hours per week. I am just wondering if DD is leaving it all too late by just planning on doing the minimum, even if the quality is very good. The QDSE pre-professional ballet program that DD wishes to audition for has 3.75 hours of dance a day, Mon-Friday. 2 hours of which is ballet technique, then 1.75 hours x 3 days pointe and or variations and 1.75 x 1 day each of contemporary and jazz. QDSE has been running a pre-professional dance program for 30 years but the ballet stream (which is linked to Queensland Ballet Company) only started in 2011. Many students have gone on to dance professionally and students this year have been offered places at The English National Ballet School and The Joffrey School. So we are now considering whether DD should audition for a full time ballet place elsewhere. I had thought (perhaps naively) that DD could delay the full time path until she had finished school when she will have just turned 17, but it its all looking less feasible. All her teachers have commented this year how much she has improved in a short space of time. I think it is a combination of having finished her major growth spurt, almost doubling the number of hours dance and being challenged and extended. It does however make me wonder how far she could go if she were to train full time. I would be very grateful for any suggestions and comments. Thank you Quote Link to comment
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