Dmmetler Posted July 24, 2012 Share Posted July 24, 2012 I talked to DD's ballet teacher last night, with her having just moved to doing a separate ballet technique class a couple of months ago, and he strongly suggests that maybe she should move away from the more music theater focused classes where ballet is primarily taught just for vocabulary, but a lot of time is spent on Jazz and tap and consider focusing on ballet-which would require changing studios, since her current one doesn't teach higher levels of ballet at all. She needs more time and practice to develop her strength or skills, but he thinks that she's very well suited to ballet. She could probably (the schedule isn't out for Fall yet) do two technique classes a week at her current studio, but might have to give up the Jazz/tap combo or Street Jazz to do it-she's weakest in Street Jazz (she simply doesn't seem to move that way-if you've seen the Dance Academy season 1 where Abigail is trying to dance hip-hop, it's kind of that effect), but it's also the class she enjoys most. My concerns are a) DD's dance friends ARE her primary peer group. While she has kids she likes spending time with in her homeschool group, it's the little group of girls who she started dancing with in preschool who have stuck with it who are her close-in age friends, because the common interest is a bridge. I know she'd make friends at a new studio, but I know just how close-knit the kids are at ours who have danced together for years, and I could see it being very hard to break into that group, especially since DD struggles socially. and b) I'm not sure I want DD pursuing ballet seriously. Right now, she does a lot of things at a more recreational level, and because of her sensory issues (and the fact that she would tend to choose to spend all day with her books, legos, and computer-and simply isn't a get out and run around kid), I've encouraged her to try a lot of activities, and dance/cheer has stuck-but I think it's stuck as much because her friends do it as because of the intrinsic enjoyment of the activity. And this is the first time I've ever had an instructor in any motor skills activity say that she's doing more than holding her own-usually it's more what we need to do or where she's weak. I'm a little afraid that the talent/ability her teacher sees now is something that she's not going to be able to keep up, and that if she starts treating it as something more than being fun, she'll end up getting hurt by it. DD is so hard on herself academically already, I hate to put her under more pressure. I can't see her pursuing dance as a career. She enjoys it, but she's a lot more passionate about math or computer programming or reading and writing stories with dragons in them than she is about dancing. So...what do I do? 7 seems so young. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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