Guest dancermama Posted September 11, 2002 Report Share Posted September 11, 2002 Hi Everyone, I have just tonight discovered this web site, and I am thrilled! I am a the mom of a dedicated dancer, who herself NEVER had a dance lesson in her life! My 15 yr old LOVES ballet;has loved it since she began taking classes at the age of three; she attends an excellent school, intent on quality instruction. Her ballet mistress has a MFA and lots of experience in dance, so I am confident that she is in good hands. My daughter has always been a workhorse, almost never misses class, doesn't complain about any of it most of the time. My dilemma: having no experience myself, and being a quite serious professional person, I want to encourage her, yet I simply don't feel that to really consider a career in dance/the arts is at all practical. Now, I have never voiced that to her; but of course, as on nearly everything that we think we aren't communicating, I'm quite sure she knows my true feelings! I don't feel that I'm conveying my real feelings here...I am so glad that she has something that she is so dedicated to, and I have done/will continue to do everything that I can to help and encourage her. At the same time, I do so hope that she finds something to do to support herself with a little more reliability. And the other thing is, while I don't have a lot of "intelligence" about this field, I know that she is not one of those girls who seem to have been born with gifts...i.e., she, unlike some other girls she dances with, is not blessed with phenomenal flexibility. She IS probably the hardest working dancer in her company and loves it...and she isn't one of those dancers who really has no coordination, that I sometimes see. Wow, was that tacky enough? Help! Is there anyone out there who kind of understands my viewpoint? I don't want to unwittingly discourage her with my unspoken attitude about dance! Thanks for any input-be kind, please. I love dance, but grew up a no-nonsense kind of person, and need help here. Quote Link to comment
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