Career Development plan - Professional dancers schedule

Career Development plan - Professional dancers schedule

Hello! I'm 12 and I was wondering how many ballet classes I should be taking if I want to be professional.
right now I'm taking a normal class and a pre-pointe class. I know that is not enough, but i have a big family and ballet is expensive (I think I'm getting a job this summer to pay for more classes).
This summer I'm taking a pointe class and a normal class. So, what do think? How many should I take. Oh yeah, and I'm working out and practicing daily.


Reply by Odette

To:- Career Development plan - Professional dancers schedule


Thank you for contacting me, it's great to hear from you!

It takes a lot of committed training in order to become a professional which is why most dancers go to train at vocational dance schools for their early years.

At a vocational school students can start training from the early age of 11 right up until they are 18. To give you an example of their schedule, a student of your age will have a ballet class each day (except sunday), followed by various one hour lessons such as pointe, repertoire or coaching. Of course, there are academic studies which are also included in their timetable.

I understand it must be very costly for you to expand your classes, there is only so much one is capable of so just always make sure you really get the most out of each lesson. Perhaps share your concerns with your teacher and she'll be able to guide you further.

You sounds as if you have a super approach by saying you practice daily and want to get a job, this determination and dedication will take you far!

I'm always happy to help, keep in touch!

All the best,


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