hi. im 14 and my dream is to become a professional ballet dancer.
right now im taking a ballet class mondays through fridays and pointe class twice a week. it all adds up to about 10 hours a week, plus rehearsals on the weekend. is this how much everyone else who wants to become pro is taking? there arent other good schools in my town, so this is as much as i can take for now.
Thats a good amount of time for ballet classes. I take about the same but am in my senior year and about to turn 18. I dont know if ill make it to be a pro but thats okay because i really want to go to college to study to become a marine biologist! :)
But I go to a “pre-professional” school that is very disciplined and has great teachers and thats as much that is offered. We dont have any guys, so theres no pas de deux class. If you want to get more serious, theres boarding schools like Harid or SAB that have year-round programs that have great training and will also have lots of classes. My friend left our school and is at SAB now and she loves it :)
If you’re in the most advanced class, try asking if you can also take an intermediate class (if it isn’t at the same time of course). You can still learn a lot by taking classes below your current level. A lot of getting better in ballet is based on repeating a step correctly to get it in your body.
I am 11 and i also want to be a professional dancer. i take 12 hours a week, and can land a double pirouette on pointe. i went on pointe 5 months ago. i am now taking my first partnering class in which we are learning shoulder sits, whip turns, and double pirouettes holding passe at the end. you may know that NYCB (new york city ballet) came to washinton DC performing a piece called the most incredible thing and i was in one of the kid roles. is this a good emount? am i a good dancer?