Yearend Ballet School Assessment at Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance
At the end of every year, the Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance holds a mini recital at their Bacolod Dance School to assess the progress of their students. Last December 2018, we had two girls in two different ballet classes for their assessment. Now, why do we send the girls to ballet school?
Since Shawna and Shane are of different age groups and capacities, they belong to different classes. Their mini recital at the ballet school, which was also the same day as their Christmas party and exchanging of gifts, was held on different days. The girls each danced a number with their class. They are currently taking classical ballet at the Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance.
Love for Dance
In 2017, I posted Shawna’s photo of a ballet pose on Facebook with an article that was written by an anonymous dance parent. I don’t think I can word it any better, as we agree with all the points that were detailed there.
But foremost, our main reason is that both our girls love to dance. Ever since they could stand, they would try to use their limbs to turn, sway, and do ballet movements. I think this is thanks to the Barbie movies that they watch at home. We don’t mind.
Anyway, I have summarized that post by a ballet parent, as you can find below.
Reasons for Sending our Girls to Ballet School
We may have additional monthly item in the family budget, and now it’s multiplied by two, but we still think it’s worth it. We pay the ballet school for….
- the opportunities that the girls can have.
- those moments when our daughters become so tired they feel like quitting but don’t.
- the life-long friendships forged by dance.
- the chance to have amazing instructors who teach them that dance is not just about movement but about life.
- our children to learn to be disciplined.
- our girls to learn to take care of her body.
- them to learn to work with others and to become proud, supportive, kind and respectful team members.
- them to learn to deal with disappointments, when they fall during a move they have practiced a thousand times, but still get up and is determined to do her BEST next time…
- the sisters to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- our daughters to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.
- the girls to be dancing in the studio instead of playing in front of a screen.
Below is my original Facebook post.
Yearend Mini Recital
Instead of the traditional Christmas party of students, the ballet school holds this yearend mini recital so that the parents can see their children perform up close. It is an intimate gathering at the studio and a good chance for us to see our kids’ progress. This is especially endearing if your child is part of the younger age groups.
For example, our little Shane can be strong-willed and can throw epic tantrums. But you would be surprised at how behave she is during the show, waiting for her turn and following instructions. It’s so heartwarming.
Shawna is now in the Elementary Ballet C (EBC) class. She had been going to the ballet school ever since she turned 4 years old in 2013. It is now almost six years since she first studied classical ballet.
2018 was the year that we have been most active with her Bacolod ballet classes, so she got promoted two times last year. Yes, at the school, you get promoted based on your dance development and not according to your school age or level. The teachers will not let you progress if they think you are not ready.
According to Teacher Georgette, Shawna is a smart and technical dancer who is showing potential to take her skill further. When we saw her dance, her ballet dad and I couldn’t help but be teary-eyed. She has changed so much over the years–her style, posture, execution. We are stoked as to where ballet will lead her.
Aside from just formally studying classical ballet, Shawna is also learning life lessons from the ballet school. Whenever Shane has a class that’s on the same day as hers, Papa brings her along so he will only make a single trip going to the school.
During these times, the teachers would ask her if she would like to assist in the classes of the younger kids. I have seen her care for the little ones, translate instructions, arrange chairs, and lift their bars. That’s responsibility. We are also happy to see that Shawna has reached a level of discipline and ability to be able to help younger dance students. And I like it that the school allows their older students to do this. It’s like on the job training. 🙂
Meanwhile, Shane started with the class for nursery students. This year, she was also promoted twice and is now part of the Children’s Ballet B (CBB) class.
As a newbie at 4 years old, Shane got the opportunity to dance in the grand recital last March. She threw a fit for almost an hour just before the show. Papa and I were at our wits’ end. It was just us at the St. Scholastica’s Academy gym, preparing for Shawna as well as trying to soothe Shane. We did everything we could but she wouldn’t stop crying and fussing.
Her Papa then carried her outside where she fell asleep for about 15 minutes. We didn’t think she was sleepy because these kids don’t normally take naps. We just woke her up when it was almost her turn to perform. And she did like a pro, without a trace of the meltdown she had earlier. This kid can be a star while the parents were nervous wrecks.
When summer came, Shane attended the storybook ballet and she also threw another fit right before the show started.
But last Christmas, Shane was totally different. Her behavior has improved, including during their required performances at Bright Kids Preschool. She has definitely turned herself around. Maybe it’s age. But then again, maybe it’s also the training.
The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance
The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance is a family-owned Bacolod dance school. It is the longest-running in the city at almost five decades of active operation. The children are under the tutelage of premier Philippine ballerinas Georgette Sanchez-Vargas and Gianne Sanchez-Sanson.
The Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance
17th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Mobile: (0917) 3002124 c/o Teacher Leah
Free trial classes offered. Open for boys and girls.