Career Development Plan - Choosing a studio
My names Franchezka and I want to go en pointe
I'm 10 and it is my dream to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix, to be part of a ballet company.
I have a strong, stable demi pointe, and a good arch.
I only have 1 problem. I'm only just restarting ballet.
I started ballet at around 3, and quit when I was 8 due to me moving house. I was on ballet grade 2 and got a distinction in all the exams.
I went to another dance studio from age 8 to 9, but I dont think my teacher knew how important ballet was to me and never let me do what I was capable of. She asked for an example of a piroutte, so I did a trile one, then got told off for showing off. Thats when I quit studio number 2.
Almost immediatly after quiting,my mum called another dance studio to see if they had ballet lessons. They did, and I went down for a taster lesson.
This new teacher pushed me harder, and said it would be possible for me to skip level 3 all together, but I ended up not being able to go due to my mum losing her job.
She got a new job, and I got accepted for a competitve dance team. I took the opportunity, but they didn't offer ballet, so I quit.
Now I love ballet like someone might love their own child, and I am probably physically and mentally capable, but I am worried that I wont be good enough for the YAGP (youth american grand prix)
Can you please respond? Its not much of a question, but yeah, thanks
Reply by Odette
To: - Career Development Plan - Choosing a studio
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It's sounds like you've been on an up and down journey with ballet so far, which is most like every single dancer out there. I started ballet when I was 4, then quit, and started again when I was 8 years old. I've gone to many different dance schools in my training and it's not been an easy ride to reach my goals.
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I suggest you take some time now to brainstorm your options of where you could study, as well as what's realistic for your family and circumstances. There are many factors to take into consideration when you want to take ballet seriously, so if you still feel unsure or uncertain then look at other professional dancers like Melissa Hamilton to give you inspiration.
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