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AIBU about DD at baby ballet?

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justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 13:49:38

DD goes to baby ballet. She concentrates for the first part of the session but then loses focus, wanders off and just dances (after a fashion) by herself. She's not in anyone's way and she's happy (likes the mirrors.)

One of the mums commented to me in quite a pointed manner last week and I'm a bit hmm about going back now!

AIBU to think she's fine?

Floggingmolly Fri 03-Jun-16 13:52:35

How old is she? If she's unable to focus she's evidently too young.

originalmavis Fri 03-Jun-16 13:53:42

Might be a waste of money at the moment.

Fraggled Fri 03-Jun-16 13:54:51

My DD screamed her head off throughout the 3 sessions we went to. I gave up! She was only just 2 but all the other little darlings seemed so well-behaved in comparison!! The mums looked at us in horror! So no real advice but it doesn't sound like your DD is causing problems. If she's happy if keep taking her.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Fri 03-Jun-16 13:55:28

How old is your DD and how old is the other child? She might be too young for it. I think concentration span of a baby is only 20 minutes or something like that. Perhaps save the money for when she's older and has a list of clubs she's interested in?

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 13:56:02

She's 2 smile She can focus, just not for the full session and it's then she goes wandering. If I returned her she'd tantrum, but as it is she just shuffles around in her own little world!

Haggisfish Fri 03-Jun-16 13:58:25

Yes, because she's two! Personally I wouldn't bother.

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 13:59:58

I do agree with you, but DH is very keen for her to attend and she does seem to enjoy it and so I was happy with it, until it seemed she might be annoying other mums blush

branofthemist Fri 03-Jun-16 14:01:33

I think the issue can be, that once some kids start to want to wander off to or distract the others.

What was the comment?

snowgirl1 Fri 03-Jun-16 14:01:54

Why don't you ask the teacher whether her wandering off is distracting the class?

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 14:02:48

That "she doesn't do as she's told" hmm

branofthemist Fri 03-Jun-16 14:03:17

Fwiw, my ds was the same it his hobby. I make him sit down if he isn't joining in as its distracted for the other kids. He is older but still find concentration hard for long periods.

It's a case of join in or sit down.

That's why I think these tot classes can be hard as a two year old amy not grasp that.

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 14:03:26

The teacher is very perky and happy and thinks DD is simply marvellous but she thinks all the children are! grin

Cherylene Fri 03-Jun-16 14:04:54

Is there a creative dance type class you could take her to instead?

Here, there are classes for 1-3 year olds that involve exploring movement and sounds and using instruments as well.

branofthemist Fri 03-Jun-16 14:05:00

may not grasp that...not Amy not grasp that. blush

Don't know who amy is grin

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 14:06:56

It's not my DD! grin

Cheryl not that I'm aware of, but I may look into that, thanks. She does seem to enjoy the sessions, though. I just didn't know if it was an unusually intense 'dance mom' or if DD is actually really an issue and the others were too polite to say anything. She is the only one who wanders, though.

LIZS Fri 03-Jun-16 14:09:16

I took dd out if preschool ballet age 2/3. She took it up again 2 years later and is still dancing at almost 15. Find something which demands a shorter attention span.

ilovesooty Fri 03-Jun-16 14:10:55

Why is your husband keen for her to attend?

I did exactly the same in a similar class at that age

I believe my parents persevered for a year.

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 14:11:02

As I've said, my husband is very keen for her to take part - it's not as simple as just 'find something with a shorter attention span' and besides, she does enjoy it!

Eminado Fri 03-Jun-16 14:12:22

I have just cancelled my Babyballet place. My DD loves music and dancing but was so unengaged and unfocused at Babyballet. She did much better at a gymnastics trial class. I am gutted though; maybe will try again in a few years.

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 14:12:28

I think he thinks it's cute, ILS, and will teach her discipline and teamwork and so on; all positives I know, but I am inclined to agree she's on the young side just now. However, since she does enjoy it and it gives me a bit of peace I thought 'no harm done' but just don't want the other parents to be rolling their eyes to high heaven!

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 14:13:22

I'm a bit scared of gymnastics. I went as a child and was terrified!

branofthemist Fri 03-Jun-16 14:14:18

Baby ballet will not teach her discipline or team work. Maybe when she is older and doing actual classes, but not at baby level.

justnotaballetmum Fri 03-Jun-16 14:15:04

grin I know!

Fraggled Fri 03-Jun-16 14:15:49

If she enjoys it and the teacher isn't concerned just keep taking her.

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