Senior...I am sorry I didn't see the question you posed so long ago. I agree entirely with you, the study of ballet (or any art) is very much an intellectual process. A good teacher teaches to the mind - explains, edifies, illuminates. It's the difference between 'teaching' class and merely 'presenting' class.
From the Los Angeles Times: Stars Come Out to Urge Arts in Schools
Education: At a special committee hearing in Burbank, actors and lawmakers discuss ways to foster cultural instruction for children.
By DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood stars and Sacramento politicians Thursday urged schools in California to pay the kind of attention to the arts that is given to mathematics and reading.MORE...
California has one art teacher for every 737 students, according to the state Department of Education. In Los Angeles County, one art teacher is available for every 1,200 students. Many school districts are weathering severe budget deficits, and few people expect arts programs to expand.
The county Office of Education, acknowledging its deficiencies in the arts, next week is scheduled to release a blueprint to improve such instruction. The plan, in conjunction with the county Arts Commission and Board of Supervisors, will call for more required courses, better training for teachers, more links to nonprofit and professional arts groups, and more funding by local districts. Details of the plan will be released on Wednesday.