annaliesey Posted June 13, 2018 Share Posted June 13, 2018 Before all the experienced parents depart .. please help with a situation. My dd, year 9, on a CAT scheme, is 100% sure she wants a career in dance and she loves anything contemporary ballet with choreography in some form. She's OK with ballet but has struggled over the years to see herself as a ballerina. If we were to measure in grades she achieved a mid distinction RAD grade 8 six months ago, and one point off distinction for Intermediate RAD. In both cases her teachers felt she had more to give and in hindsight she possibly took them too early and could have worked for another 10 points or so in either grade. (we were pressured by available classes and timetabling) I know measures aren't everything but I guess on a forum its a bit of something to go by. She's continued with other dance styles working at ISTD Modern Inter/Adv 1, ISTD Tap Adv 1 and non syllabus lyrical, contemporary, street/hip hop, and just started singing. We've had conversations about what, if anything , she wanted to do either at age 16 or 18. Up until now she has always said one of the big theatre colleges on the dance course including modules for contemporary and jazz. This is why she's started to do more with singing. Her thinking was that she likes MT and commercial dance and that she could see herself doing that. But actually, all of this stems from having a lack of confidence around ballet. She feels, even on the CAT scheme which is ballet and contemporary, mostly contemporary, that she is not cut out "body-wise" to pursue the contemporary conservatoires. The CAT scheme are extremely careful to not make reference to personal bodies/appearance in any way. I personally think she has grown into her body and has a lovely graceful quality starting to emerge. Has anyone else had a child who appears to be a good all-rounder but want to make a choice between theatre/MT/Commercial and Ballet/Contemporary? How did you help guide their choices and thinking? Any tips appreciated Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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