Training versatile dancers skilled in every genre has become the norm in today's studio world. Comp kids are proficient in ballroom, jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap and more. Kids are entering the workforce more versatile and prepared than ever, and it's wonderful. But, there are some downsides to this "jack-of-all-trades" mentality: one being that a dancer's musculature and movement quality can becomes a hybrid of types, rather than fitting a traditional aesthetic. So, even though dancers can perform the technique of the different styles proficiently, the overall vibe can seem to be a bit off. Due to the strict nature of ballet, this problem seems to be especially true in classical work. *Cue the cringe-worthy phrase: "jazzerina."
So how do we solve this problem when so many dancers love each genre and want to have the option to pursue all styles professionally? Other than investing in top-notch classical teachers, the answer is the answer to most questions in dance training—don't let your students skip ballet class.
Seems obvious enough, right? It all starts with you!
Here are three pointers for keeping your kids in ballet each week. Good luck!