Halfway during my sophomore year of college, I went through a phase where I was OVER ballet. I was tired of tight, hair-sprayed buns and pink tights, and so tired of my feet always being torn up with blisters from my pointe shoes. I remember taking class in the ballet studio upstairs, and while waiting for my turn to go across the floor, would watch the modern dancers in the studio downstairs...so jealous of their biker shorts, bare feet, and freedom!
Instead of just switching my focus to modern, I took a completely different turn and became a fashion merchandising major. This literally lasted for 2 weeks. I went to my first fashion 101 class, and everyone was wearing cute outfits while the teacher talked about different kinds of thread. I almost threw myself out the window..... I needed to MOVE! ^the picture makes sense now, right?! :) (And I needed to wear sweatpants over a leotard on campus like you're supposed to...not cute outfits with matching accessories....blahhh!)
I gave it 2 weeks, and then decided that I was born to dance. Thank goodness my dance advisor never completely changed my schedule (she knew I'd be back.) I did focus my attention more on modern dance after that, and it was amazing. Still as rough on my body as ballet was, but in a totally different way.
I did have "desk classes", of course, but they were all classes I loved. Dance history was one of my favorites, along with all my education classes.
I am grateful, however, for my ballet background. I never would have been the dancer or teacher I am without it. Put your dancers in ballet first!! It's the foundation for all other forms of dancing and your child will be better for it.
Ballet is also my favorite form of dance to teach now (and to take). I love the discipline behind it, and am so grateful that my parents always encouraged me and supported me in this art form.
I'm so glad I switched back to Dance Ed....ahhh! So, so glad. It introduced me to tons of experiences and people that have made such a difference in my life...and still does!