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Hi, I was wondering if you could advise. I posted last week about looking at a JA scheme or similar but have also been thinking about other types of dance for my 8 yo daughter, and my question is, if say she wanted to go the MT route when she's older, how do I help her to prepare best? Should she be doing ballet, jazz and tap at her school with no additional JA classes or just ballet at her school plus JA (if she was to get a place) with the idea that if she's a strong ballet dancer she'll be able to pick up other dances quickly? Currently she's doing an hour of Gr1 RAD and an hour of tap. From september we can either do ballet, tap and jazz at her school (as they are all back to back) or just ballet at her school and JA (no tap or jazz). What would you do? thank you

I should add that she loves it all and would want to do everything!

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Hi there,

My personal feeling is that they should be doing what they enjoy at age 8. I don't think you can plan for a career at that age. Cutting out jazz and tap at this age may affect her enjoyment?

If you have a choice between 2 options go for what suits you best.....

There are no black and white answers....

 

Good luck!

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Hi

Dancers can pick up other styles quite quickly if they got a natural flare and enjoy dancing! I would probably say audition for the JA's, it would be a great experience. If she enjoys the audition such as how they teach etc. ask what would she prefer. Also note that variety is good. Maybe there's a jazz workshop or a class she can go to to experience jazz?

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Sarahw and Aballerina, thank you for your advice. It's helpful to hear from people with experience as it's all very new to us and I guess like any parent I just want to do what's best :) It's exciting at the same time and lovely to see how she's so happy in the 'dance environment' as it's not something I was allowed to do when I was little.

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Hi new123

It is great when you see your dc with a constructive hobby. Whatever else happens you know they are fit, flexible and disciplined and as they get more serious - planning their time and learning to deal with disappointment. These are great life skills.

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I would always advise to try as much as you can first and then you can specialise in one form later on if you find one you particularly like.  Of course trying  more requires more time!!  Whatever you decide to do, enjoy it and have fun :D

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