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Dancingemu

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2nd grade when I was told by other parents it wasn't allowed for company girls. Though the SO nor DT never said anything. I wish I could still stay for the class. There's so much down time when we are there picking up and dropping off or time talking to people there that one wonders if they are dancing for more than 10mins.
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My daughter was a month from 5 when she started the team. I stayed for the first week, but since then I only stay if we have a parent meeting or I end up talking to someone for more then 20 minutes on a short class day.

The older girls (7 year olds) helped her with her hip hop and tap shoes until she was able to tie them last month. I honestly think that's what pushed her to finally get tieing her shoes right. And she has gone to the bathroom by herself for over a year (as in her own stall which I wait outside of if we are out).
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Competition studio atmosphere is very friendly and I like to stay and chit chat with friends. DD7 likes to play with her best friend, also a little sister, as well as other friends at the studio while DD14 dances and I sit and watch her team with my friends. This is only 1 day a week with multiple hours. Often I'll go out for food and bring it back. They several nice sitting areas with couches or high chairs at just the right height to look in the viewing windows. There are windows for all the studios. There is plenty of space for the little kids to play. I do like watching and being available to refill water bottles and interact with DD14 and the other kids on her team. During the first part of the season, I am often asked to video and post to the team facebook page. DD14 likes for me to watch her there since its totally acceptable in the culture of the studio. On days that DD7s friends aren't there or my friends aren't there, I usually leave and just pick up.

At the ballet studio, I drop DD14 off and pick her up, or she catches a ride with a driving classmate. There aren't any viewing windows for the upper levels, and DD14 doesn't want me to sit around there anyway, it's just not the right atmosphere for it. I wait for DD7 to finish her class there though, because it's only a 45 minute class and she's a bit uncomfortable at the ballet studio since she hasn't been there since birth [rolleyes]
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99% of the time I stay. DD is 7. She doesn't mind if I leave, and I have before, but she would rather me be there. There are moms that stay for kiddos much older than mine. 

I am more likely to leave if one of the other team members moms is there and will be staying the whole time because she looks at them (at least 2 of them) as another mom. We have been stoning costumes the past few days when watching, so the time goes by quickly. Or I will bring my laptop to do school and work.
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When my 7yo was 5, she had major anxiety and separation anxiety. I tried dropping her for back to back classes, but she started developing aversion to dance. She would dance like crazy at home, but wanted me to teach her at home. So I told her, "I will sit my HAPPY butt on this bench every week if that makes you feel safe until recitals and if you want to quit then, you can quit." Now she is trying out for Petite comp soon and is ready to be dropped for her 3-hour block. I will start dropping when she formally enters company, I will begin dropping and share it's her "graduation" into being a big dancer. And I totally can't keep her brother in line for the longer hours
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I still stay and my DD is 7. Occasionally I'll run an errand, and she's comfortable enough to be on her own during classes now. I also know the teachers extremely well and know they will text if there are any concerns.  If I didn't know them so well, I would likely stay.  But usually I stay and chat with the other dancemoms there and catch up.  Now, since it's been a few years, we know each other pretty well.

For solos I stay and am in the room so I can hear corrections & see dance and progressions.  This helps with home practice at this age (7), next year I'll do this less - now that I have the hang of it too -- last year was our first year for comp.
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 dd is 13 and I still stay.  but I only stay because if I leave I will spend money on un-necessary crap!  UNLESS I have a legit errand to run I usually stay and talk with other moms, read a book or play around on my phone!
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 dd is 13 and I still stay.  but I only stay because if I leave I will spend money on un-necessary crap!  UNLESS I have a legit errand to run I usually stay and talk with other moms, read a book or play around on my phone!


I'm finding that's what's happening with me now that older DD14 is dancing far wntaway from home that I can't go back to my house! And she's too old to stay...I need to find somewhere free to hang out...the park or the library, lol.
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I'm finding that's what's happening with me now that older DD14 is dancing far wntaway from home that I can't go back to my house! And she's too old to stay...I need to find somewhere free to hang out...the park or the library, lol.


yeah it's a 25 minute drive from our house to the studio even if she is there for 3 hours I still sit and wait.  her brother who is 8 has wrestling 10 minutes from the studio so sometimes I drop her and go sit with him and depending on who is finished first I will leave drive back and pick her up and go back to wrestling.  I try NOT to spend money when I don't have to, because I LOVE to shop! [tongue]
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I have been leaving my daughter since she was 5 at the studio.  Sometimes I stay, sometimes I go.  The longer the break the more likely I am to leave.  But I bring my work with me and get stuff done for work.  Sometimes I have my youngest with me (the 7 year old when the 11 year old has class) and we work on homework.  My favorite thing to do is to go for a run or go to the gym while she is in class.  It gives me time in the day where I can do that.  

I need an car service for kids so they can pick them up at school and drop them off at dance and I can just go pick up later.  I wish some of the company girls lived closer so we could car pool.  

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Kindergarten for DD1, second grade for DD2 - for both it was when they started taking two classes back to back, so there was enough time for me to go and do something else when they were in class.  When they just took one class, I usually just took something to read and waited in the studio lobby for them.
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I'm finding that's what's happening with me now that older DD14 is dancing far wntaway from home that I can't go back to my house! And she's too old to stay...I need to find somewhere free to hang out...the park or the library, lol.


I spend a lot of time reading books in my car. [smile]  DD is now 15 but we live 1/2 hour from the studio.  Fortunately there is a lot of shopping around the studio so I plan errands when I can.  But as someone else said that is dangerous to my budget.
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