My coaching background with NCCP tells me that every athlete (note: I use this term loosely; I personally believe that our dancers train physically as athletes, but perform their athletic abilities using emotions to create art! But thats another story!) needs recovery time. I've lived it, I've learned it, and I agree. We all need a physical, mental, and emotional break to recharge. Without it we burn out and are either at risk of injury or we lose interest. This is why I always insist that we do as few classes over Christmas Break and Spring Break as possible, even when our dancers beg for class because they know they will be bored.
I also think that it's important that our dancer's have time to be kids, and that they have the opportunity to try other activities and learn other skills and abilities - let's face it, dance does not teach you everything (i.e. hand-eye coordination - I'm living proof!).
But summer... summer is SOO long.
As a dance educator, I feel that taking an entire summer off is too much. I've seen how a dancer can go from doing all three splits, to not being able to do any.
I couldn't quite figure out how to express it, but the article below helps articulate exactly how I feel from the perspective of a dance educator.
My conclusion: It's about finding balance - isn't it always?!
Your dancer needs time to relax and become rejuvenated, but they also need to stay in shape physically and mentally. How you achieve that balance, is up to you!
Miss Adrianne <3
Author: Miss Erin
"'I know my child is really talented at dance, but...' Rewards of Letting Your Child Be Dedicated to Their Art"