This year DS15 tried out for some big name SIs - and was rejected. A couple of his classmates also auditioned and were accepted. DS was fine about it, but it really bothered me. As a parent, you worry about all kinds of things. You wonder what's missing and if your child will ever be good enough for those "elite" company schools. Fortunately, DS took the rejection well. I'm the one that's upset about it. DS is currently enrolled in a pre-professional school, and I called the ballet master and we had a good talk. I was told that DS has a great facility for dance, he works very hard, and that as a late bloomer, things are just coming together for him. He told me not to be concerned. We also talked about SIs and he recommended that we not send DS to a large company school SI. He needed the summer to work on strong, clean technique. An SI with reputable instructors and one-on-one attention that focused on technique is what DS needs.
I felt so much better after talking to DS's teacher! My hope is that this summer will be one of tremendous growth for DS and that maybe next year I will be able to come back and post that he is now getting acceptances into those big name SIs.
I would like to hear from parents or teachers about their experiences with boys. Do any of you have rejection stories with happy endings? It would be valuable to me and to other parents who might be experiencing the same thing.