Grade 3 ballet – Still the best!

I don’t get to watch many of my daughter’s dance lessons – on average the teachers allow parents to watch one class of each style per year – so I was very pleased to get to watch one of my daughter’s new Grade 3 ballet classes recently.

My daughter and three of her classmates have recently started taking an extra ballet class with older girls, with a view to potentially doing their Grade 3 later this year. The class I went to watch was only the fourth Grade 3 class my daughter had done – she’d done two with her old class and this was the second with her new class.

When the teacher had talked to us parents about the girls doing the extra class, she had said that our girls were generally more talented than the older girls and should be able to cope with moving on quickly. But what would I see in reality on only my daughter’s fourth lesson? These older girls had been working on the Grade 3 syllabus for 18 months already and my daughter and her friends had done three lessons! Taking into account what the teacher had said about the other girls, I expected my daughter to fall somewhere in the middle of the class.

She didn’t fall in the middle of the class.

Despite not knowing the moves properly (although she was doing a very good job at knowing them), she was STILL the best in the class. Her friends were better than most of the others too. There were only two members of the new class that came anywhere near my daughter and her friends.

My daughter keeps her ballet dancer’s posture at all times – head up, everything sucked in, completely disciplined and focused. These girls were rather fidgety. Nothing was pulled in like it should be. When they moved there was no control. Their hands were at strange angles, their legs wobbled and their heads were down. At times, it was almost comical – like watching a ballet class in a sitcom.

I’d always suspected that my daughter was better at ballet than her grade on paper suggests. And here was the proof. These girls will be considered good enough to do their Grade 3 in a few months, yet my daughter is in a completely different ballpark from them. She has complete control over her arms and legs. Her landings are precise and her hand and arm movements are beautiful.

And her FACE! She has so much polish. That is what sets her apart from her own classmates. She just goes that extra couple of percent with every move. Her head is always up and her face always does exactly what the move dictates – whether that’s smiling brightly or looking rather sad. I think this is a skill she picked up in panto and it has served her well.

Seeing my daughter in that class, I just felt so proud of her. She never ceases to amaze me with her dancing. Every time I think I know what she can do, she proves me wrong, by just going that little bit further. She is amazing!

Roll on Grade 3!

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“MumofThree

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. That’s so lovely. I totally agree, you can really see the dancers that are the most talented, they stand out significantly. And it’s great that she enjoys it too 🙂
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! It’s nice to see that all her old classmates stand out as being that little bit more talented 🙂 x

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  2. And that’s why she gets a distinction every time! There has to be some kind or reward for those who are head and shoulders above the others. Well done to her. I hope she continues that drive and determination into her teenage years.

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    • Thanks very much, I really hope so too! She loves it so much I can’t see her stopping before she’s 18 (but I hope she never stops!).

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  3. You must be so proud of her dancinig. Sounds like she is going to ace that grade 3.

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    • Thanks very much, I really am! Hopefully she’ll get another Distinction 🙂

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  4. Definitely a proud moment there! I love what you wrote about her face having so much polish! Now that I think is a mark of a true ballet dancer 🙂 #loundnproud

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    • Thanks very much – that’s exactly what it is! Her arms and legs are beautiful, but her face just gives her the edge.

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    • Thanks very much, it certainly was! 🙂

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  5. Well done your girl. She sounds so talented. It sounds like you have every reason to be proud x

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    • Thanks very much. She amazes me every day and I really don’t know where she gets her talent from! x

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  6. Lovely, and you’re right to be proud! I’ve never ventured into ballet and we’re yet to venture into the ballet world with our 6 year old … #LoudnProud

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    • Thanks very much. My daughter didn’t start ballet until she was 6 and she’s just turned 10 now. She’s really flown with it!

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  7. She sounds so passionate about it all. Usually, it’s around this age that girls start to lose interest a bit so it’s really lovely to see her keep going. And well done to her, a huge proud moment xx

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    • Thanks very much. She absolutely loves it and seems to have a real talent for it. We’ve seen quite a few girls leave over the last 18 months or so, but I’m sure she will carry on for a lot longer. x

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  8. How lovely to get to go and watch the class. Jasmin is starting ballet after Easter and I really hope she enjoys it! x

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    • Thanks very much. Good luck to her! I’m sure she (and you) will love it. x

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  9. I love reading your ballet posts your daughter has so much dedication.
    X

    I am really pleased she is doing well

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  10. I love hearing about your daughter’s talent! After following your blog almost from the beginning I feel really proud of her too! I tend to agree that the better dancers just have that edge in their posture and face.

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  11. What a lovely post. The most talented dancers do stand out. She is amazing and so pleased she is enjoying it xx

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    • Thanks very much! It was lovely to see her and great to know I’ll have no worries about her doing her Grade 3 only a few months after her Grade 2. x

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