- Jan 4, 2008
In the gyms I refer to the uptraining is not encouraged at all. A level of absolute perfection is required in conditioning before a new skill is even begun.I don't know about this. Maybe I am misunderstanding what is being discussed. We have a couple of top tier gyms in our state that are known to drill-drill-drill shape/form and consistently win at all levels because they have impeccable form from the very early levels. Their skills do not suffer. They uptrain and are more than ready to compete a level ahead of where they compete.
Having said that I also know that my dd likely would not have thrived in that environment. She was the type of kid who wanted to compete a skills as soon as she got them fairly consistently, even if it meant a lower score.
The Australian levels system is also quite out of sync with development. If you compare Australian levels to the US levels. The degree of difficulty of skills like tumbling is significantly lower at each level, while the expectations for dance are much higher.
At younger ages kids are spending a lot of time on leaps, jumps, turns and perfecting dance, when the ability to have that polish really comes at an older age. Then waiting too long to learn skills and missing the key windows of opportunity.
We don’t subscribe to it and teach the skills in a different order, but most do be it hat is what is required to win comps.