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2020, Totally-Wonky, Non-SI Attending Summer Training Guide?

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otak101

Dear all - I’ve consumed the as-it-stands 36 pages of the whole “Coronavirus & Summer Intensive” thread. And while I continue to hope that my DD will get to return to her dream SI for a 2nd year in a row, I’ve come to accept that, well, there’s nothing to be done but wait for this to play out. It’ll be interesting to see the decisions being made, refund considerations playing out, etc. AND also figure out what it means for those hoping for year-long admission to the pre-professional program... I’m sure tears will be shed and frustration expressed. And then, as usual, it’ll be time to get back to the barre...

In that spirit, I’ve been giving a lot of thought as to how a DK might best use this Summer to come back strong, whenever that is. There’s the idea of being back in the studio in the fall, of course. But I’m also thinking about how my DD may wish to take advantage of any audition opportunity to go away to a better year-round program, away from home. And of course, in this context, she’d want to be in fighting form before showing up to such auditions...

In running this thought experiment, I’m making the following, broad-based assumptions - knowing I’ll need to review those down the road:

- Access to PT and healthcare professionals, to assess any lingering injury or health issue;

- Basic fitness equipment and tools are available;

- Room at home to “dance” - mostly barre, of course;

- Potential access to rental studio space, depending on the status of the pandemic;

- Access to online classes;

- Access to private lessons, online or in studio - again, depending on the status of the pandemic;

- Access to books/library/online resources for ballet;

- Willingness and ability to redirect $$$ that would have been spent on SI to other ballet-related initiatives.

Looking at the Summer ahead, this is how I’m personally thinking about it:

- We have no lingering injury issue to worry about, so this is an easy one for us. Admittedly, if we did, that would be the first thing to focus on, I would think;

- We probably want to do a check up with the performance nutritionist we’ve seen before, to make sure we’re on track and that no meaningful adjustment is required to account for the current reality;

- Strength training has been a relatively recent addition to the program, one that we need to carry forward - possibly checking in with a suitable trainer. So far progress has been good and beneficial in many ways. Am thinking the 3x/week strength training sessions are the core of the “fitness” program for the summer. Other days probably to include cardio (partial to spinning sessions with an app) as well as yoga. Throw in leisurely walks with the nice weather coming around and this seems like a proper fitness regimen - certainly, not a departure from the last several weeks;

- Although I’ve been hearing mixed reviews of broadly available online classes, I think one could do a daily barre at home - perhaps rotating a handful of classes that have proven more interesting/challenging...Certainly, an inexpensive way of getting your daily fix;

- Private lessons online are trickier, since in our experience they’ve proven to be of limited interest... If there is an improvement on the pandemic front and live private lessons are possible with a trusted teacher, then FOR SURE I would redirect SI $$$ to this as the next best alternative at this point in time;

- Right now, we’re lucky to have secured intermittent access to a studio, a few times a week and for a very reasonable price. True, DD is alone in there - but it’s an opportunity to work on things she cannot quite do at home - jumps, turns, etc. She’s disciplined and structured enough to make good use of the time in there - and assuming it remains accessible to us throughout the summer, then for sure we’d want to secure some time in there every week;

- Historically, I’ve found that our DD school does a very... passable way of expanding her mind by exposing her to other things - other dancing styles, repertoire, etc. One of the great things about the SI was this - repertoire, contemporary, jazz, etc. All things she benefits from, in my opinion. So we’ll also be looking for online Broadway or Horton classes, for example; or the occasional “movie night” to watch a historical production and what not... Try to find ways to expand the usual horizon;

- and finally... rest? The last few months have been an emotional roller coaster for all of us. Somewhere in there, we’ll need to figure out how we catch a break from it all and recharge our batteries for what’s ahead of us.

Eventually, knowing her, I think she’ll want to give herself the comfort of a “structure”, in the form of a schedule. I know this works best for her.

So, dare I ask: am I totally off? Crazy? Any obvious blind spots in the foregoing? Things to reconsider/add/remove/replace any of this? Genuinely interested in understanding how everyone is planning to weather this particular storm.

Thanks ahead for all the input.

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Thyme

well you have been giving this alot of thought! Great thread.

May I ask how old your DD is? this will heavily influence the advice people give you.

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otak101

Hi! I think like most parents, it’s a recurring topic of conversation, shall we say. She just turned 15.

 

Thanks!

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Thyme

Ok well our situation is not quite the same as yours but DS has similiar goals. He has settled upon staying generally fit. He has rejected the online courses due to our space limitations but also the flooring in the house (says that it will do him more harm than good to do barre on these).  So he is taking a crossfit approach (running, cycling, stretching and strengthening) every morning. He is also doing an online Feldenkrais class each day which he finds extremely great. DS is not dancing this summer.

Our assumption is that by the time he returns to a studio (hes 21) no one will be 'dance fit' and they will all be starting from a similiar position in that regard.

Otherwise he is mowing the lawn, upgrading his high school diploma, doing an online photography course and some dance theory course.

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nynydancer

We are thinking of alternatives too.  Our planned SI at home will have 25 to a class, with a large part of the population coming from out of state and/or having shared very different views on social distancing/Covid19 than what my family is comfortable with.   There are about 4-5 families with the same reservations, some having immuno compromised members of their households.

So we, a group of like minded families are thinking to pull out of the SI and do 2 hours of semi privates per day as a small group in the studio, plus pilates and contemporary online if the school is open to it.  I am worried if it is "enough".   I love the Feldenkrais class idea!

 

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Thyme

I have concluded that asking 'is it enough'  was the wrong question for us. We are coming out of quarantine now and I can see that keeping my eye on the bigger picture was more important. DS started off exercising and doing courses as I said above. Then he did less and less of that (kept on with Feldenkrais) but eventually found his way to more personally  creative outlets. That's when he really hit his stride. His mood lifted and the days got lighter. Yes he has lost muscle bulk but he is really good inside himself. So he has rented studio space for himself, moving back to his apartment and is going back to his part time job. His physical condition became less important than his overall wellness. He will start exercising more and I'm sure those muscles will be back soon enough!

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MelissaGA

Not insane at all.

My daughter is working with some of her private coaching students who decided for one reason or another not to do their previously planned SI. She is helping them to develop their own at home mini intensives with a mix of free ballet classes, paid ballet classes, classes in other genres (mostly paid), classes that are more fitness/conditioning focused as a private or two each week. She was brainstorming about adding in some practical nutrition and maybe conditioning for ballet and seeing if she can get her students together at the same time (they are scattered around the US in different time zones). 
 

At the same time, she is working on her own plan to stay in shape. She is using some of this time to try out some new to her genres as well as her usual.
 

These are unusual times and they call for an unusual, individualized and flexible approach. Don’t forget to schedule in some lighter days and maybe some reading in there. To keep with the ballet theme, this summer might be a great time to tackle Apollo’s Angels, a well written fairly comprehensive history of ballet. 

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nynydancer

 

On 5/25/2020 at 2:04 PM, MelissaGA said:

To keep with the ballet theme, this summer might be a great time to tackle Apollo’s Angels,

What a great idea!  We are also hoping to knock some additional high school classes out of the way.

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mln

DS is pretty determined to "come back strong."  He has been dancing on a 5' X 4' portable dance tile floor set up on carpet in a small apartment, but he is using it regularly.  He has managed to find really challenging barre classes and takes at least one daily.  He says that some of them are quite hard, even for an advanced dancer, so there are some valuable online offerings out there.  His AD also teaches a Zoom company class once a week that is keeping him in shape.  He does a lot of fitness work, too.  He has been social distancing very strictly, and even though gyms are opening soon in his city, I am going to discourage him from going right away.

This summer, DS is taking extra college classes through his online degree program to keep from going stir crazy and to get some time-consuming requirements finished.  He'll participate in an online choreography workshop in June, and, for that reason, he is working on finding more dance space, either by renting a studio in town (if possible) or by expanding his home set-up. He doesn't have a big budget for either of these ideas, though.   In July, he would really like to be able to work on a real dance floor and get back in jumping and turning shape, so he is hoping that either his company studio will be open for local and pro dancers to take small adult classes, or that studio space with be available to rent, or that he can grab a spot at an in-person s.i. that he can drive to (we don't want him flying).  He just has to keep the big goal in mind and not worry about any one outcome. 

He has a choreography gig in August that hasn't been cancelled yet, and that's another reason he needs to stay in shape.  I think he's motivated and can deal with the online classes.  He does not have the space, though.  That has been the biggest problem. He is approaching this summer like a puzzle.

 

 

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cindyhamilton2003

I'm thrilled to read these comments as my two DDs (17) have the same goals. Is there a way we can share online resources? My daughters would like to piece together about 1-2 hours of dance a day. I'm specifically interested in, for example, the really challenging barre classes mentioned above (paid or not paid).

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dancemaven

I’m sorry, but it is against BT4D Rules and Policies to recommend individual programs or classes. There are just too many variables in the online glut of classes and individual training needs, situations, etc. 

Please check with your DDs teachers for recommendations compatible with their training status, needs, goals, wishes, etc. 👍

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