My daughter is a national level competition dancer. She has competed against kids that are semi finalists on Americas Got Talent, girls from Dance Moms and won several national titles. All of this comes with a huge investment of time and money obviously. Not only is it a huge part of her life but its a huge part of mine. I hang out with the other dance moms, we travel around the country together, we are like one big family.
My daughter is also a very talented ballet dancer. She has been hinting to me that she would rather start training for the grand prix in ballet and drop competition. She is 11 and preparing to start pointe. This week is auditions for both competition line and the corps de ballet. She can not do both, they both require a 15 hour a week commitment. During the audition process because she is trying both she has been dancing from 9 to 5 everyday. Last night she told me that she has decided she is going to focus on ballet and is auditioning for the lead in her dance academy's winter ballet.
Im shocked. After 5 years on the competition team she is done! I want to tell her no because Im not done but I always said it was her choice. Im really sad and its hard to hide it.
Would you encourage your child do stick with an activity because its something you do together or do you just let it go?
I told the studio she wanted to focus on ballet. audition results came out yesterday and she was placed on the competition team anyway. Her issue was really that she liked the ballet side people better and felt unwanted on the elite comp team. The coach and the other girls are all 18-15 years old and my daughter is 11. This year there are 2 coaches. The second coach is the ballet mistress, who is the studio owner. She has a PhD in fine arts, cecchetti certified ballet mistress and has choreographed on broadway. She will coach my daughters team. This group of girls are younger which is better socially but they are not as advanced which is bad. My daughter is a soloist for competition so she will be pushed on those routines. She was sad not to get the ballet part but takes auditions like a pro. She was pleased and thanked the owner for the opportunity.
I cant say Im sad she wont be on a team but I was willing to let her focus on ballet. She will be taking ballet 3 hours a week and training to go into pointe.