Peppy Posted July 11, 2013 Report Share Posted July 11, 2013 As it says in the title... I'm having to change teachers in mid-Aug when we start the Fall term here - and it's making me really nervous!! Warning - it's going to be long-winded! I'm sorry! I just feel I needed to share this with like-minded... I'm pretty new to the ballet world -an adult beginner student- having practiced ballet only for half a year or so. For the past Spring I had the priviledge (should I say even luxury) of having a really wonderful ballet teacher - to me, she's been everything I could have asked of a ballet teacher: an experienced and knowledgeable professional; encouraging, kind and understanding of her adult students; yet at the same time always requiring us to work hard to the best of our ability in class. I had my mind set on being able to continue with her a few times a week as I had gotten used to now during the summer break - but now I just learned she will only be teaching our level once in a week! Of course, that's ALWAYS better than not having her class at all, but still... As I really don't want to cut back on the classes, I'm now facing the fact of having to find a new teacher. And the fact my current teacher has been so wonderful makes me quite anxious whether I'll be able to find someone as good, someone I like as much as her. I have already asked around and have actually found a teacher (in a different school though), who sounds very promising. I've heard only good things about her and I wish I could try her class in the summer, but seems like she's not teaching untill Fall time. Nervous but also very excited at the same time..you know what I mean.. + ...? I'm excited of possibly being able to take really good classes from not one but two wonderful yet different teachers, enjoying the art of ballet while learning a lot at the same time. Yet, as I am such a beginner, I can't help but feeling nervous about whether I'll be able to cope with different styles and teaching methods, or am I just going to be a mess for the first half a year... I've had the experience of changing teachers quite frequently during the summer, while the teachers in my school rotate, and every time there's a new face, all of the sudden I kind of feel like I had just learned my first tendus...that is, struggling quite a bit. I'm probably making this a much bigger deal than what it is...and taking it way too serious..?! It's just that ballet has brought such a joy in my life, and more things with it than I could ever have imagined...and having a good teacher, for me, is a major piece of the puzzle. I love learning, and the fact that there's always room for improvement and making progress in ballet, even for us adult students! I'm sure most of us here have had to cope with teacher changes - how has it worked out for you, especially for those who are quite beginners as I am? Generally, what do you think, is it better to stick with one (or 2) who you know to be good, or is it better to try out more different teachers (and methods)? I would also love to hear the opinions of any of our wonderful BT4D teachers! Well, I feel much better after having gotten all this out. Sorry it ended being awfully long, and thank you for bearing with me! - Peppy Quote Link to comment
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