My daughter (13) is a very serious dancer and wants a career in dance. She will be in junior company in one dance studio which is a semi-professional company for serious teens. She will be studying Ballet, Limon, Hip-Hop (1 semester), Modern, Choreography, Butoh and Partnering. She will be at this dance studio 8 hours a week (not including rehearsals for performances). Anne loves ballet foremost and doesn't get nearly enough at her Junior company studio, so last spring she started studying Cecchetti Ballet at a different dance studio. She loves it and is studying for the level 4 exam in the spring. She will be doing about 4 hours of ballet and pointe at the Cecchetti dance studio. That puts her up to a minimum of 12 hours of dance a week. She is delighted. I am a bit apprehensive, and keep reminding her that she has a heavy academic schedule and that she must maintain at least a B average.She is young, driven, focused and excited. We shall see how it goes.
My son (15) decided to give up dance for now. This has been a major part of his life since he was about 7 years old. In recent years the pressure to dance to a particular standard really stressed him out. So, this year he is pursuing other interests. He will be taking one hour of guitar, two hours of art class, and two hours of Boffing (which will be part of his P.E. credit) each week. In addition, he will attend a two hour teen art lab once a month and a literature movie club once a month. That will be a total of 5 hours a week some weeks and 7+ hours a week other weeks. We may add something else as time goes on. However, he needs to get used to his full high school academic schedule. He just completed 34 hours of volunteer work at the Nature Center that will count for his Career and Technology credit.
It is going to be a busy year!