Is this too much dance?

I'm 15 and about to start yr 10. I have been dance for three years preprofessionally but this year I am beginning the study of dance as a part of gaining my high school certificate (SACE). I dance after school as well as within school hours. I'm also going gym classes for extra exercise and stretching as well as injury prevention. I'm worried if this is too much exercise. I also want to know if this sounds like a good, well balanced schedule for a dancer (I want to be a contemporary or jazz dancer). With this schedule, I can JUST fit in my homework (I have study lessons). This is my schedule:


Jazz 3:30pm-4:30pm
Tap 4:30pm-5:30pm
Hip Hop 5:30pm-6:30pm

Exercise total: 3 hours


SACE Dance Class- Contemporary 12:20pm-1:05pm
Yoga/Pilates Class 7:00pm-8:00pm

Exercise total: 1 hour 45 minutes


SACE Dance Class- Contemporary 2:45pm-3:30pm
Contemporary 3:45pm-5:00pm
Ballet 5:00pm-6:15pm

Exercise total: 3 hours and 15 minutes


SACE Dance Class- Contemporary 10:50am-12:20pm
Jazz Class- 5:45pm-9:00pm

Exercise total: 4 hours and 45 minutes


SACE Dance Class- Contemporary 8:35am-9:15am
Sh'bam Class 5:45pm-6:45pm (similar to Zumba if you don't know. I don't know if its really "dance" but I'll count it anyway)

Exercise total: 1 hour and 40 minutes


Yoga Class 3:00pm-4:00pm

Exercise total: 1 hour


RPM Class (indoor cycling)- 9:30am-10:15am
Zumba Class- 10:30am-11:30am

Exercise total: 1 hour and 45 minutes

So in total I am exercising for just over 17 hours per week.

Give me your thoughts on if this is a well balanced schedule and also if it is maintainable.
I think some of it depends on the levels of intensity and difficulty. There are people who dance many more hours than this. But is important for you to not just dance, but improve your Technique. Maybe ask your teachers if they notice any problems in your form that might cause injury. And this way you can have a better chance of staying free of injuries that would stop you from dancing.

It is great that you love to dance and I hope that you will be successful and I love the journey as well. Welcome to our form and I hope you will keep us updated as you progress.
It's definitely doable. What's important is that you need to find the right balance. Once girls you're over the age of 14, the hours of dancing can be increased to ‘professional’ or ‘full-time student’ levels. Your focus needs to be on maintaining and improving technique and precision of all movements, and any increase in hours should be done gradually.
As @DanceMentor said, go talk to your teachers about any possible forms that might get you injured, other than that, I believe you'll be fine. Be sure to post your updates!

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