Every season studios have the challenge of placing dancers in the correct classes. I don't face this alone but rely on input from our experienced staff to help guide my instincts. It's truly a family affair because we know how important correct placement is for the dancer's confidence and potential. Most parents trust our guidance but there are always a few that wonder if their child is being over-looked or misplaced. It is their parental duty to look out for their child's best interest when they see other children being moved ahead and THEIR child is left in the same class for another year. I get it. I'm a mom, too. But there is a lot going on behind the scenes that parents don't see. For example, little Susie is being moved up a level in ballet but only did the level for one year AND she's new to the studio. What other parents don't see is that Susie takes 3 ballet classes per week compared to others that only take one class per week. That's makes a HUGE difference. Another reason some children move up faster than others is body facility. Some kids are more flexible or stronger than others and can accomplish dance moves more easily. That doesn't mean that the less flexible or less strong kids won't get it, it just takes a little more time:) Another reason is emotional maturity. How a dancer behaves in class is a strong indicator of whether they will advance to the next level or not. Sometimes, it is the BIGGEST reason we choose to move a child up. The dancer is mature, pays attention and applies corrections. Naturally, anyone who has that attitude in class is going to advance faster than other dancers. And lastly, if the dancer attended summer dance intensives or not. Dancers improve immensely from summer programs and that can give them an edge to move up a level, too.
Just remember, every child grows at a different rate, every child is unique and by that same token, every dancer advances at their own pace. It is our job to guide dancer's energy, attitude and talent on a unique path that is just right for them. And it is your job, parent, not to compare them to anyone but to be their biggest cheerleader and be proud of their accomplishments.