Let me tell you that I think that the performing experience is very crucial for a future dancer.
But recently DS (15) started to refuse any possibility of being on stage. He is not shy and looks very confident while participating in his school's year-end concerts. Yet, when he was offered to participate in the local staging of the Nutcracker (on his conditions, with the solo of his choosing, etc.) he has refused. He is also very much opposing to the offers of his teacher to be prepared and compete as the local or not so local ballet competitions.
He is very passionate about ballet and loves his classes just as much if not more than before. He used to love being on stage and perform. Yet, these days, when his teacher feels like it's time for DS to show himself, he is refusing any possibility of doing so.
I am guessing that this is just a stage and it should go away if he stays true to his desire to dance professionally. I also think that he should not be pushed to much. Yet, our finances are pretty limited, and for DS to be seeing by great school representatives the competition route is the best one. This worries me somewhat.
What do you think?