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I’m going to be emailing one of DD’s teachers to ask if she would choreograph a hip hop duo for next year. I have a couple pieces of music that I’ve mashed up and edited that I think would make for a super cool routine. Is it customary to offer up those as options for music in the same email in which I’m asking if she would even do the duo? I don’t know if it would be perceived as pushy or on the other hand might be helpful (ie, less work finding and editing music).
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My daughter picked 3 out of 4 of her solo songs for one teacher and none from another teacher. It just depends on the teacher
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First ask for the duo, then ask if they welcome suggestions because you have something really cool. They might accept to listen but are not required to use it. Especially for duets, usually for solos they are a bit more welcoming to that.
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I think you'll hear that the selection of duets/trios and music is done differently at every studio.
At DD's studio, no requests for specific dances could ever be made. Every extra dance was by invitation only. No specific requests could ever be made for a specific duet or trio either. Placement into all specialty dances including solos, duets, trios, small groups, large groups etc were strictly chosen by the teachers. When the dancers were younger, music and costume choices were always made by the teacher. As the dancers grew older they had more influence in their music and costume selections, but even then it was always a collaboration of the dancer/dancers and the teacher.
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Both studios we attended were invitation only. You got picked by the DT/SO and told what discipline, teacher and costume and usually what music. Once the dancers were seniors the DT MIGHT give them a choice of a couple of pieces of music but not always. It would have been suicide to email a DT and ask them to choreograph a s/d/t for you.
All that said if your studio is one that allows anyone to do a s/d/t then I don't see an issue with asking this particular DT to choreograph for your DD but I wouldn't suggest music just yet. IMHO it would come across as too pushy when you don't even know if she will agree to do the choreography.
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In our studio, if you want to do a solo/duo/trio your name goes on the list. So if you want to do one of those next season they will put your name on the list at the end of this season, when they get the names at tryouts in June. (Sorry if that didn’t make sense... lol). The rule for our studio is if you want to do a solo you must do a duet/trio first. My older DD was never interested in those dances, so i didn’t know those rules. Last season a mom came to me and asked if my younger DD wanted to do a duet with her daughter. I spoke with my DD and she agreed. The other mom sent an email and the SO explained that we would’ve had to have told them in the summer, but since it was in October they agreed. For the music, we didn’t really have a choice. They asked us together if we had any preferences, to which the girls said “no ballet or lyrical, they’re too slow!” They were given a sassy jazz duet to an adorable song. What I’ve noticed is that you don’t really get a choice for groups, but when it’s not as many you get to give your opinion. This year DD is doing a jazz solo- she didn’t pick the style but that was what she wanted to do. The choreographer (aka SO) told me the song before telling DD, making sure i was okay with it. I agreed and that was the only opinion i had. They chose her costume as well, but she got to choose the color. It’s the little things that they get to choose, and my daughter is fine with that. I would ask the teacher about the duet. If they teacher says yes, then bring up the music topic a few weeks later. Tell her you heard a cool song you think would work well, and offer to email her the link. If she says no about to he music, don’t stress about it. Chances are, they chose a song that’s better for your DD
Wow... that’s super long and most of it went off track. Sorry😳😳
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It really depends upon the teacher, and, I think the age of the student/s. My daughter has done tap solos for years. Once she entered her late teens and had been working with two of our teachers for a long time, they became more collaborative . This kept my DD interested and engaged in a way that maybe she wouldn't be a this age. (going on 18)