Whitenights Posted February 18, 2013 Report Share Posted February 18, 2013 I am not sure how to word this question but here goes. My daughter is almost 16. She has been dancing since the age of 3. We didn't seek out ballet but ballet found her. The short story. She was at a regular dance school from age 3 to 8. The school was bought out by someone that had a completely different vision for the school, real ballet training. She stayed, thrived, and enjoyed the next few years, going from one to five days a week over the years, not really thinking about the future, just enjoying the classes, recitals and Nutcracker performances. By age 10, she was on Pointe. By the age of 12, she was dancing with the most advanced level at the school and was the youngest one in the level. By 13 or 14, both her and I realized that there is much more to the ballet world. Seriously, we didn't know what a SI was until she was 13 years old. Now we are at a crossroads and I can't help heror give real advice because I am confused myself. She doesn't know what to do with her ballet training but knows she loves to dance. She also takes jazz and contemporary. She states that she equally loves ballet, jazz and contemporary but doesn't want a career as a professional dancer. My questions, where do you go from here? What do you do with "the training"? Is it okay to just keep dancing with no goal in mind but simply for enjoyment? Also, she auditioned for and was accepted into 3 SI's and we are still waiting to hear from a 4th. She really wants to attend The Rock but doesn't even care if it is The Rock Jazz/Contemporary or the The Rock for ballet. She just wants to dance because she loves to dance. For me, it is hard to justify paying to attend an SI for fun but maybe I am wrong. She is very passionate and works extremely hard. She loves trying new things. What are the other benefits of an SI for those that don't want a career in dance? Any thoughts on all of this? The more I think about it, the more confused I become. Quote Link to comment
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