It was during my daughter’s Grade 2 ballet exam that the teacher came to us four mums with a proposal.
There are nine or 10 girls in their ballet class, but only four did the exam. Of the others, some are too new and therefore too far behind for exams and others just don’t like exams. They all move on together as a class, but the four girls who did the exam were edging away from the others. For a start, they’re the most talented dancers in the class anyway. But, with the extra lessons they get when they do an exam, they were getting better and better.
The teacher wondered if, as well as starting their own Grade 3 syllabus with the whole class, the girls would like to attend another Grade 3 class. This would be with girls a year older, who will be doing their Grade 3 exam in the autumn.
Apparently, these girls aren’t as talented on the whole as my daughter and her three classmates. The teacher feels she doesn’t want our girls to get left behind with their own classmates and, by doing two lessons a week and working with the older girls, she could fast-track them through Grade 3 and they could then start Grade 4 with the older girls.
The teacher had vaguely mentioned doing the other lesson to us a few weeks ago, but I didn’t really understand why. Now I get it and it makes perfect sense. I had been slightly concerned too that my daughter was getting a bit left behind and could be further on than she was. This was the perfect opportunity for her to get ahead!
The other mums could see a lot of sense in the proposal too, apart from the usual concerns about logistics and juggling other hobbies and other children.
The teacher won’t guarantee that they can do their Grade 3 exam with the older girls in the autumn, but it is a definite possibility. Knowing my daughter as I do, knowing her talent and her hard work and dedication, I’d be willing to put money on my daughter doing her Grade 3 this year.