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2 studios. 4 years at a medium sized comp studio. She left for better technique and ballet training. She is in her second season at a smaller performing arts studio. She has improved dramatically and I am glad we made the change.
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Two.
First studio was lots of competing teams (mostly in hip hop) with very little emphasis on training. Mostly emphasized fun, friends, and showmanship. Second studio is focused on training (ballet, technique, and all genres) with a smaller competition team. A much better use of dance dollars.
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My dancer was at the same studio for 14 years. We looked into a change at one point but the tap and ballet teacher were the big draws to stay. Now I have a college dancer (dance minor and dancing in the auditioned contemporary company at the school).
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DD is 15 and at third studio. Each move has been for better technique and higher level of competition. She will finish high school at our existing studio.
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DD13 has been at the same studio since she was 4.
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DD15 has been at the one for 10 years. But she has taken sessionals, full year classes, master classes, workshops and SI's at about 10-15 different studios.
I don't think anyone should feel limited to just the one studio. There are so many options and different teachers to learn from. Dd is at the best studio in town for her. The only reason I know that is because we have ventured out and tried them all in some form.
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My DD's at her third studio, and as far as I can tell, she won't be switching again. We switched the first time when she was 4 or 5 because we heard that another studio closer to us had a better dance program for younger dancers. The second time DD switched was this year, and it was because she really wanted to dance more hours than she was and improve more than she could at her previous studio. We live in MN and most of DD's dance friends have been to at least 3-4 different studios.
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DD15 is at studio #3.  Our experience has been like the story of the 3 bears.  1st studio not enough, held DD back, 2nd studio way to competitive and very toxic environment, 3rd studio just right.
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2, but are considering another move. DD does not have much time left, though. Left our previous studio because the training was sub par, and the environment was toxic. DD has thrived at current studio, but her needs are changing.
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I'm jealous reading that many of you have so many different options. We have 3 local studios and a ballet school. We're at the studio which we feel is the best fit for right now, but I feel technique is lacking. I think my dd could do more. Excellent ballet school here, but DD not interested. There are some good schools about 1 hr away, but logistically don't see how we can do it. Womp womp
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Jamquint1 perhaps she could take a class at the ballet studio to be exposed to proper technique which she could practice during classes at her current studio.
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I'm jealous reading that many of you have so many different options. We have 3 local studios and a ballet school. We're at the studio which we feel is the best fit for right now, but I feel technique is lacking. I think my dd could do more. Excellent ballet school here, but DD not interested. There are some good schools about 1 hr away, but logistically don't see how we can do it. Womp womp


Don't give up on the ballet school. If you had asked my daughter many many times along her journey if she wanted to study at a ballet exclusive school she would have turned it down over and over. Then when she began to really take ownership of what it would take to meet her goals, and when she began to identify the difference between a "ballet class" and an honest to goodness "ballet education" she wouldn't have it any other way. Just keep putting her options in front of her and make sure she knows that you support her if she changes her path.
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I'm jealous reading that many of you have so many different options. We have 3 local studios and a ballet school. We're at the studio which we feel is the best fit for right now, but I feel technique is lacking. I think my dd could do more. Excellent ballet school here, but DD not interested. There are some good schools about 1 hr away, but logistically don't see how we can do it. Womp womp


It's a struggle with logistics for us. We just make it work. For DD15 who wants to be a professional ballet dancer, we can't get these training years back. If I could make it work financially I would send her to a boarding school where the atmosphere could be all about what she needs. 
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Jamquint1 perhaps she could take a class at the ballet studio to be exposed to proper technique which she could practice during classes at her current studio.
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I know, I know...I discussed that with SO, and she was fine with my DD going to the ballet academy, which would only be one evening a week at her level. Unfortunately, it conflicts with comp team conditioning/rehearsal/tech. SO kindly offered to work with her specifically on technique for an hour one day weekly. Super generous. I definitely see her progressing, which is great. We'll reevaluate again after this season. Also, feedback from some comp kids who have gone to the ballet school is that they were looked down upon by the ballet teachers.
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It's a struggle with logistics for us. We just make it work. For DD15 who wants to be a professional ballet dancer, we can't get these training years back. If I could make it work financially I would send her to a boarding school where the atmosphere could be all about what she needs. 
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That makes sense. Your child is looking to dance professionally. My kiddo is still very young.
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Jamquint1 perhaps she could take a class at the ballet studio to be exposed to proper technique which she could practice during classes at her current studio.


Totally agree. My DD just turned 8.  Last summer we first did a "SI" for Ballet at a ballet school.  She was nervous - but she did the three week program and loved it.  It was hard.  IT was sllllloooooow compared to what she was used to.  But her dance improved measurably from that program.  Couldn't believe it myself.

So this year with SO's approval we take 2 additional ballet classes at a ballet school -- and still take the Studio's ballet.  Even though it's not at a high level those additional 3 hours of ballet are continuing to show their benefits in her regular classes - and for her solo.  

Does she like it?  Hmm, not all of the time.   They make her do homework (lol). But she knows that those hours are helping her.  She's moved up a level at her studio ballet, which is fast paced, and she knows she only got there because of her work outside the studio.

We made it work.  I drive crazy on some days.  We didn't choose the program I wanted because it conflicted with some required studio classes, we found a school that worked and times that worked.  The benefits though have been very good!
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3. The first was because we moved hours away so I don't normally count it. We were only there for a year. The last one we left for many reason, mainly how unprofessional the staff was.
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2, but we are currently looking for #3   we left the first one due to a 3000 mile move,  2nd one because DD is missing the competitive world. 
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DD15 is on her 3rd and final

1 - left because they were holding her back.  She started dance older and was rightfully so put in lower level classes with younger kids.  Because she was older, she picked up faster and quickly surpassed them.  SO wouldn't move her up.

2 - studio became very toxic - think Abby Lee Miller.  DD lost her love of dance.

3 - after a year off of dance, during a musical production, DD met an awesome teacher who said "come to the studio I teach at"  Studio is perfect for DD.  Excellent technique training.  Super small so DD gets the one on one training she prefers.  Positive environment with the positive reinforcement that DD thrives on.
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7 different studios. We had one that folded, so we became independent. Tried other studios, heard the same thing. All the kids are so nice and friendly and they usually are the first day or so. Then it al changes.

So we changed it up, and just go for the classes without even thinking of joining the team. We go to some and they approach right away but we tell them we are happy being independent. There are many good studios every where so you can go in for drop in classes and get some of the best training if that's the way you want to go.

The best part is you do not need to stay or pay for a bunch of dances and costumes, the con is you are now the studio and have to find competitions that accepts independents, order the costume make all arrangements and hire choreographers.

There are more competitions that do not accept independents and front meeting the directors and judge's of the competitions, independents are judged harder.
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