lovedance Posted February 11, 2013 Report Share Posted February 11, 2013 My DD is 11 1/2. While she took ballet (and other types of dance) when she was much younger, I consider her to have only started "serious" ballet training shortly before her 10th birthday. She's averaged 4-5 90 min. to 2 hour ballet classes over the last 2 years and her teacher told me she thought she would be ready to start pointe in about a month. In school DD would be starting middle school (6th grade) in Fall 2013. Currently, she gets home 4 nights a week at 8:30-9 PM. She is now cognizant of "online" school programs such as Keystone and K12 because she knows girls ages 14 and older who do this at her school. Now she wants to do online schooling in the Fall and spend more hours training. Her Dad and I are considering it because she loves ballet, she is very into the arts overall and has shown some potential, but what if she decides she wants to change course at age 15-16 and go to college? Would she be behind the ball academically? Or what if 3 years down the road an AD tells her she can never be a ballet dancer? Just not sure what to do. I don't think she can do 8 hours of school plus 3 hours of ballet every day, plus 2 hours of homework. I think she would be ok if she did the online schooling and decided to go back to school full time in 9th grade and aren't the years from ages 12-15 key years in progressing in ballet? One of her instructors subtly discouraged me from her doing other dance forms right now other than ballet (and character)--she said she'll have time for other dance forms later, but she has to do the ballet now. On the other hand, I feel a bit guilty about her missing out on her daily school routine with her friends. Quote Link to comment
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