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ksmom, why is the teacher dancing up front with 10 year old dancers? It is odd. Do they need someone to mimic because they don't know the pieces or is it she doesn't want to give up the limelight. I've only seen a teacher with the students on stage in rare instances where a sudden injury by one of the corps de ballet dancers or budgetary constraints and there was no other choice, at which the teacher was adamant about being in the back and not featured. (The only exception was one year she did Trepak once after coming back from a severe injury, and that was a matinee.) I never saw a teacher dance/demonstrate in front of the little ones until I moved here to NC. By little ones I mean 3 to 5 year olds. They were adorable, but I'd have been happier with them having a whoop-di-doo showcase in their studio followed by lunch at McDonald's. (Same recital saw same teacher in front of 8 year olds showing them how to do the dance, which was distracting and pathetic. They couldn't even mimic her well and weren't ready to be on stage, but that's another story.)
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Our teachers used to do a teacher number but that practice ended about 3 years ago. In the opening production number sometimes the SO will come out and do a little soft-shoe or tap for just a few seconds and everyone seems to like that.
There is also one teacher (approximately 30 years old but looks younger) who takes the advanced tap & lyrical class. She is not the teacher in those classes. She sometimes performs with the classes in recital but when she does she dances in the back she never takes a lead role. We have 2-3 adult classes that perform in the recital (Jazz, Swing & Sometimes Tap) sometimes the teachers will perform with those groups.
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Sounds very different to me. Our dance teachers do a dance together at the recital, but that is all. They don't even dance with the small ones, they stand in front of stage and help them if need to with hand motions.
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The practice seems very unprofessional to me.
I can see it with the 3-5 yr old age group. Sometimes, they might do better, no matter how well rehearsed, with someone on stage with them. I know at our studio that the teachers make a decision about the youngest ones closer to performance time and then enlist a more senior student to dance with them on stage if needed. It really depends on the group. But at 10 yrs old? There is absolutely no reason for that.
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I have seen this done 2 ways ....
At my step daughters old studio (main focus on ballet) the jazz teacher would dance with students in a dance or 2 every year. At first I thought oh she is just dancing with her seniors or something and even though she made herself the focus being front and center thought not much of it. Then last year she danced in a routine with younger ones and still positioned herself front and center. The dancers did not need to watch her , she just put herself there ... I did not enjoy that , I was mad for the dancers about that one. She is not very young and I don't know why she does this. However , Last year at our studio , our SO's (who also teach all classes) did dance in our finale. Every year at the beginning and end of recital all of our Companies do the opening number and the finale . The SO's came out and danced for a short time with our senior company girls, then left the stage and the companies finished the finale. I thought this was nicely done. We do want to see what the SO's can do , I loved seeing them dance with the girls. However, there is a way to do it and it is NOT putting yourself front and center for the whole routine with young dancers who know all the steps . Just my opinion. Do you know anyone at this studio that you can ask about this? Maybe find out how often thsi is done?
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All of the teachers at our studio dance in the recital, usually in more than one dance! They range in age from 20s to mid 60s. We have adult classes and the teachers dance in those routines, but sometimes they'll be in combination with an advanced teen class. Some of the parents complain about the teachers not being able to give up the limelight, but the young dancers love to see their teachers on the stage and I think it's good for them to see their teachers dancing too.
For the youngest dancers, several teachers are usually choreographed into the dance and they help the little ones get to the right place and stay with the dance.