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Date Posted: 05:38:22 08/03/17 Thu
Author: inside
Subject: Leve it to your dancer. Each child is different and can manage things differently. If she feels she can handle it all, let her do so. She may surprise you.
In reply to: Looking for suggestions 's message, "DD is entering her junior year and is starting to worry about balancing dance and school. We have talked to her about cutting back for this year. She's worried she will lose her edge (not a WQ but wants to be). Any advice on how your dancer handled their junior year?" on 05:16:24 08/03/17 Thu

Our dancers "did it all" and were quite successful. We set ground rules and held to them - but we did this when they were in elementary school. We didn't wait until Junior year of high school to balance.

From early on, we set the expectations of maintaining a B or better in academics, along with participating in school sports, and activities. They chose what appealed to them and ran with it. We also set the expectation that participation was for the year, unless grades dropped - they couldn't just "quit" mid season in a sport because of whatever. If we saw a drop in a grade at the close of a marking period, then we sat down and re-evaluated things.

By high school, our dancers had time management well under control. They participated in sports, earning varsity letters in the freshman and sophomore years (one lettered in three sports), they also were active in other extra curricular activities. They all maintained solid averages throughout all four years and took a variety of AP classes. Each received a number of merit scholarships for several colleges that paid for more than half their tuitions.

And they were all WQ dancers. Were they the idea? I don't know. Did they have rough spots? Yes, but they worked through them and got through things - on their own. They made their own decisions and made corrections to their own schedules and focus. Did we continue to sit down and review things with them? Absolutely, but we also allowed them to fall along the way, and pick themselves up.

It can be done. It depends on the student/dancer. Believe it or not, your dancer knows what she can accomplish. Her worries at this point may be as a result of looking around her and seeing what others are doing and comparing herself to them - and it's most likely to non-dancers. She (you) shouldn't compare her to anyone else. Have her be realistic about what she wants to accomplish, set goals, set ground rules, and follow through on what you set up - together.

Hope this is helpful to you.

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