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judie

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I need to kibbutz to see if I should speak up or sit back on an issue...
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Yes!  Howdy Judie!  Where does your dancer dance at?

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Yes. My freshman is on a college dance team at a large university.
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Yes. Second year for us.
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Yes, but a newbie who knows very little about this new world.
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She dances at Hofstra.  It is a great program and she loves her team mates and coach.

I just have questions about dancing through injuries when there is no access to PT or trainers for dancers since they are not technically "athletes". 

I also have concerns about teaching her to advocate for herself when she needs to leave a practice to attend class.  Especially practices that were added after the scheduling she did to avoid conflicts.  She feels very torn.  She wants to pul her weight, but also needs to not worry that going to class takes priority over a two mile run assigned because someone else was five minutes late.

Anyone else experience these growing pains?  I am all for letting go, but am not sure at what point I get to step in as the one who pays the tuition.
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In Ontario (and the rest of Canada, I am pretty sure?), it is very different. The  dance teams do jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, ballet...and they compete against other university dance teams at competitions that run special university/ college competition days.  The prizes are Tim's cards, shot glasses, cases of beer...no ribbons or trophies.(keep in mind the drinking age is 19)  It's great.  They compete "against" their friends they used to dance with who have all gone to separate universities/ colleges, so it's like a reunion of sorts...and far less drama and no parental involvement to speak of other than if parents show up and watch for fun!  It's kind of like how dance comps should have always been [smile]
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Yes, there is no parental 'involvement' other than me expecting that my kid gets attention for an injury sustained during practice.  It is incredibly competitive, and she wouldn't have it any other way.  She is very excited about true National competition.  

MY concern is that she is hurt, there is no university sponsored treatment for the injury, and they are pushed to physical limits that are greater than their men's basketball team. No lie.  She lives two doors down from a basketball player and she is at workout and practice more than he is.

I just wanted to know if this is the norm or if this is just crazy.


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I'm sorry that your daughter is injured. I feel that academics really have to be the priority in college. If she is on some sort of dance team scholarship, then it is more complicated, but she is there to get an education. Please don't ignore injuries, even if you have to pay out of pocket for PT.
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We went through similar with DD last year, when she had a pretty serious concussion in September of her freshman year.  As a parent I had a very hard time knowing how much to say, or not say, when I saw her pushing herself beyond what I knew she could safely do to keep up with academics and dance team practices which did often conflict with each other.  It is all a learning process for them, being away from home for the first time and being an adult, but not........I think you are right to keep an eye on it, while having conversations with your DD about the facts that (1) ultimately she is there for school, and that she needs to let academics take precedence when there is a conflict, and (2) ignoring an injury is only going to make it worse rather than make it go away, and that if there is no medical person assigned to the dance team she needs to check in with the campus health center or let you know so you can make arrangements to have her properly evaluated elsewhere.  It does get better - my DD is now a sophomore and has gotten much better about listening to her body, and about speaking up when something is too much.
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I do think that in the case of your daughter's injury that you have every right to speak up or encourage or even demand that she speaks up . Is she on scholarship? I am willing to bet the basketball player down the hall is and is treated with kit gloves. Dancers, cheerleaders and pompon squads are not nearly as respected by the school athletic department and they work all season long for every sport. You do have every right to complain.
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Congrats on dancing for Hofstra! Unfortunately, because dance team is not a university "sport" at your institution, the athletic department does not directly serve her and this is very normal.  Perhaps she can speak to her coach about where/how dancers have received PT services before?

ETA - the dance department might have good recommendations too.
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