- Oct 31, 2016
My daughter just started training for the level 3 team this week, and I am pleasantly surprised that the gym has just implemented ballet as part of the training for team level 3 and up. My daughter’s small team of 6-9 year olds train 12 hours, and 2 of those hours (1 hour on each of 2 days) each week will be with a ballet teacher. She will be training them at the gym during the scheduled practice time. My initial thought was, “we signed up for gymnastics, not ballet class”, but I’ve come around to feeling like this will be extremely beneficial for leaps, jumps, turns, toes, grace, musicality, lines, and more. Is it typical for gyms to require ballet for compulsory team girls? Does your gymnast do ballet as part of her training, required or not? Have you seen it directly improve her gymnastics? Does your gym do ballet in-house, or at a different facility? We are not at a super crazy competitive gym, so I’m excited to see how this new training turns out!