Teacher says yes but parents say no!
Dancer girl writes:
Hi i have been dancing for 4 years doing ballet, jazz, modern, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, and some flamenco.
I am im 6 th grade and i have been recently moved up TWO LEVELS in dance and been put on the dance company at my studio and i have been on my dance team at school for four years. I was accepted a year early. I took dance 7 times a week last year , one class before and after school on mondays wednesdays and fridays and i take dance All of Saturday
My dance teacher said i can go en pointe but my parents are doctor and they said no and i have to wait a year they didnt even check my feet what do i do
Wow, you sound like a very talented dancer!
Without seeing you it's hard to say, but I think your parents may be right, even though you obviously have great natural ability.
Being ready for pointe is all about strength in the right muscles, not talent.
Although you're doing a lot of classes every week, you're also doing a lot of different styles, so I assume several of those classes aren't ballet. The other dance classes aren't necessarily helping in the right areas - they won't help improve your ability to hold your turnout, for instance.
You're not going to lose anything by waiting a year - once you do get on pointe you'll make faster progress than the other girls and will overtake them, so it all comes out the same in the end!