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  1. Parents of older children don’t post as often as those with younger ones, as in general the journey gets harder, dancers drop out, change direction, or “fail” (very much in inverted commas). If your child has stopped dancing, you’re not so likely to come on a forum like this to explain if they, or you, have regrets or not. And I personally am very grateful to hear of all such journeys, as they are really the more likely outcome for most child dancers. Perhaps there is also a point when your child is an adult, and if they want to comment on their dance journey experiences, they can be directed
  2. I know of an American who came at 15, I think, and carried on with the US curriculum online while also eventually getting a diploma in dance. But not my child, so I can’t comment on the details, and nor do I know. Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that in some countries, Germany for one, home schooling is illegal, so a student couldn’t continue with that, I think.
  3. To answer your first two questions regarding time and money: due our circumstances/ luck etc, we didn’t as a family have to spend a huge amount on either while training. Eg, past the age of 11, we didn’t in general need to transport DD to classes, as she could get there herself. The time spent was all hers. We didn’t do competitions etc, and in general could never have done anything that had involved travelling around the country or even out of the city. Regarding how much did it affect family time - I had other children who had their own things going on and who needed attention, so in many w
  4. I used to think it was slightly off for schools etc to name their pupils on their school Facebook or Instagram accounts - ie, it was one thing to say they had X number of pupils accepted into this or that, but a completely different kettle of fish to actually name them publicly. However, it seems to be common practice, so I seem to be out of touch with this, and is it any different to naming them on their website? I completely understand that all of this is part of advertising, though, so I sort of see why they do it, but it still makes me feel a little uncomfortable. Regarding Instag
  5. I agree with much of what you’ve said in your longer post,@DD Driver. And when it all is going well, I agree with what’s been said above. But at some point parents must be aware that, for some, the journey becomes harmful, the discipline becomes bullying, the etiquette means not speaking out, doing what you’re good at becomes doing what you’re not good enough at, developing your brain becomes developing self-esteem issues, and hard work doesn’t produce any results at all. And parents may not be aware, because their child might not tell them. When mine was younger, I sometimes used
  6. I agree with everything @Harwel says. Regard ballet as a hobby. Anything else, madness lies. I’d almost say to not wish it upon your child. There can be so much damage done. Regarding potential, as I’ve said before on here, I never stopped wondering if mine had any potential until the job offers came in. (Did not go to vocational school at all, was turned down for everything RBS, never had any private lessons or did a competition or any prestigious summer schools.) We regarded it as a serious hobby in her teen years, and I certainly expected nothing to come of it when she went off aud
  7. Much of this is true in all aspects in life, though. No one can be provided equal access to every “hobby that some might make a job out of later”. However, in relation to ballet, providing access to good training to those who would never have thought about dance, or been able to afford it, is the purpose of outreach schemes. Mine started dancing through such a scheme. The lessons were free. There were no exams at all. Leotards and shoes were provided. The audition fees for JAs, MAs, vocational school were also paid for for those put forward. However, it is still true that hardly any c
  8. My knowledge of this age group is a few years old now, but I know of two or three who were offered places with only one dance lesson a week, plus a JA class. Definitely no private lessons, extra lessons or any other types of dance etc. They had come from outreach schemes.
  9. You don’t have to do any associates schemes at all, but whether you want to do any or not may depend on the quality and availability of the local classes you have. Mine dropped the scheme she was in and didn’t replace it with any others.
  10. If your DD isn’t happy, I would absolutely give up the place. It’s an associates place. It doesn’t matter how prestigious the place is if it’s not a good fit for her. This is her hobby that she spends time on during her free time. Mine spent a while on an associate scheme but was increasingly unhappy, although doing well there, and gave up her place and was much happier - and still became a classical ballet dancer.
  11. On a sideline, does anyone know why and when the name changed from summer “school” to “intensive”? It seems to have happened around about 2018. Are they longer? And when were the spring or winter ones introduced? They are also new - to my mind. And there seem to be some abroad too. Are they franchises? It must be a money-spinner for them, so I can see why they do it.
  12. I didn’t mean to indicate practising unsupervised was dangerous, but that she might be doing the exercises wrongly, and that’s hard to undo. As they say, the plié is the first thing to learn and the last thing to master. If it helps, my DD was 9.5 before working on grade 2. I wouldn’t worry.
  13. To be honest, I’d be wary of “practising” at home, unless you’re a dance teacher and know what you’re doing. You could be doing more harm than good. Seven is still very young. A bit of music and movement is fine, though.
  14. Some random thoughts... The problem with junior companies and unpaid apprenticeships and further “diplomas” is - where will it end? Yes, getting experience is helpful- to some - but, still, most will never get jobs. Should we keep on encouraging and nurturing this belief that with a bit more experience or training, that will be enough? What is the point? Who are the audiences going to be for these second company jobs? Ballet struggles to attract an audience as it is. It’s a bit like a pyramid scheme. There’s money in teaching dance, not so much in doing it. Some smaller British c
  15. It’s just as bad abroad, I suspect. Where my DD is - European national company - there are complaints over the number of foreign dancers in the company, and over the fact that fewer and fewer young people from the national ballet school get into the company. They accept about one every two years in recent years.
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