Boots Posted August 28, 2002 Report Share Posted August 28, 2002 I'm wondering how others on this board feel about having younger students in adult classes (by younger I mean, say high school students). I ask this because from time to time we will get a student in our classes that is probably 15 or 16. These students usually show up when their own schools are on break. I don't mind having them in class. Often they are quite talented and lovely to watch, and I figure I can learn as much from watching them as I can from watching "older" dancers. At the same time, I enjoy my little haven of adult ballet learning and it can be kind of intimidating to be surrounded by young, amazing dancers - so I certainly would't want the make up of the classes to change significantly. However - This summer I noticed that there were several younger dancers who were attending local summer intensive programs who came to our studio for extra classes in the evening. Now, to take the adult classes these students need the permission of the instructor because, as i understand it 1) adult students and younger students have different teaching "needs", both from a physical standpoint and a social one, and 2) it's the instructor's right to determine who is qualified for their class. In a few instances I saw younger dancers become upset that they needed permission for the adult class, saying "I'm advanced enough", etc. In one case, a 14 year old was there with her teacher, who was quite upset that the studio wouldn't just let her in, since she was so advanced, etc. I have to say that I felt kind of uncomfortable with those students in class because they clearly didn't understand the intent of the class (to provide training to adult students). Have others out there had experiences like this? How do you feel about mixed-age classes? Quote Link to comment
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