I have a 10 year old daughter who is really keen to go to a vocational dance school and although I will support her in whatever she does, I am not convinced that she has the potential they are looking for. The bottom line is that in most areas I would say that she is almost, but not quite what they might consider suitable for intensive training. She is petite, with longish legs, for example, but her legs do not "go up to her armpits"; her technique is strong and she always achieves a distinction in exams, but not a 95% sort of distinction like some; she is reasonably flexible and can do the splits, for example, but is not super bendy. She has had quite a lot of success with auditions so far, but I wonder how much of this is based on being quite cute and quite a good little dancer in the here and now, rather than what might be achieved in the future.
Now, I know none of you have seen her and this is all very subjective, but does anyone have any thoughts about whether this is a realistic dream or not? Are the schools looking for absolute perfection, if that exists, in all aspects? Is someone who is quite good at everything preferable to someone who is brilliant in one area but a little lacking in another? What, in fact, are they looking for and how can they determoine the final potential in one so young?
I am new to this site and have been impressed by the honesty of some posts, so please don't feel shy to reply if your real thoughts are "not a chance" - I'll welcome any feedback!
Many thanks in advance!