<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>she will be 9 for summer school...<BR>they are teaching her RAD - and summer school will be cecchetti, along with other dancing JAZZ etc.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>i can understand that after Cecchetti grades, (and the non-syllabus, or freer approach she was previously used to), going into an RAD class would seem too simple to your child.<P>RAD syllabus has been beautifully revised a few years back (like maybe 5 or 10, but years go so quick, now!).....so as to carefully structure the progression of basic skills. there is also an appropriate emphasis on skills as technique building blocks, arther than on just learning ballet 'steps'. <P>the Cecchetti syllabus, also, is constantly under revision, but the changes have not been as marked there. <P>what this means is that the young Cecchetti student will have learnt MORE different STEPS at any age than the RAD student, and certainly than the vaganova student, but may not be able to DO them as well.<P>this is pretty much an impossible concept to convey to a child.<P>the child is more likely to dismiss the RAD 'simple' approach, and focus on how 'they' call an arm position something different (i.e "WRONG!")
<P>i think one good suggestion might be that your child would likely cope better if she has a group of other students (her peers) from her own ballet school going with herto the summer school - that way they can all giggle together about the RAD 'babies' who call arm positions by the 'wrong' names!