I have 2 dancers in my family- a DS 12 and a DD 10. Today they told me they would rather be poor and live in a crappy apartment than give up ballet (for example if I lost my job or something). DS has only been at it for about 6 months but is progressing very rapidly. He loves it. It seems like for him it's a way to challenge himself. He gets very sore and he thinks that's cool. He's very into fitness. He loves the boys only classes especially because they are especially challenging and the male teacher really pushes him, but he gives 100% in every class. The school has taken a strong interest in him, letting him have weekly privates and moving him up several levels. But he's not what I am used to. My daughter has been dancing since 4. He doesn't flounce around whenever he hears music, or sashay around the house the way my daughter does, but he does practice his moves a lot. Do boys just kind of see ballet as a sport?