Now that is a title I never thought I would see. But, it is one that looks like it very well may come to be. I just read an article that spoke of how ballet once just thought of for artistry and technique is now adding competitions to the title. Competitions that can award scholarships, contracts, cash and even gold medals.
As mom to the DIVA, I’ve always been careful as to what she does and where she goes. Dance is no different. Before we started with Gwinnett Ballet I looked at many different schools and companies around us. I didn’t look at price or distance. Just because a place is expensive does not mean it’s the best. And just because a place is cheaper in price, does not mean they are not as good. As far as distance? Well, I was willing to do what I had to do.
I knew I wanted my daughter to be taught to her level but challenged and room for growth. Wanted proper technique and not just looking good. I knew this was going to be an investment in my child’s future whether it be her career or a step toward her career. But I also knew I wanted non-competitive.
I know there is a lot of children who compete on a competition level for sports, dance and so much more. And I am not saying this is wrong or that I don’t like it. I do believe that children do need to learn that not everyone is going to be the same. That some will be better than others. I believe that children need to learn how to be gracious winners and how to handle losing.
But I also believe a lot of this comes with maturity. Young children in my opinion are not mature enough to handle the pressure and the emotions that some of these competitions place on them. It is just too much for their young bodies and minds.
I do believe that in these younger years, it’s about teaching skill. To learn to do their best and to do it the right and proper way. This is very important for anyone really. Even if you do compete you are always looking to improve. To do better and to be the best. There is a huge difference to being Your Best and The Best. But if you are doing it wrong and continue to do it wrong, you’ll never be The Best and most likely even get injured in the process. I believe in letting these kids be kids and enjoy the love of what they are doing. To build on their skill and better themselves without the added pressure of being the best.
Love Where We Are
So this is part of why we are at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. Yes, I drive 40 minutes in each direction and in crazy traffic. Yes, there are even cheaper places to go. But, my daughter is in a place where she is doing what she loves. She is learning to improve herself and be her best. She is learning proper technique at her level and not being rushed along. DIVA has also had the chance to perform two years in the Nutcracker now and more opportunities are coming up. I am proud of what DIVA has accomplished so far, and I look forward to what the future holds for her. I know she will do great things and she is getting the skills she needs to do so.