BarreTalk Posted March 11, 2004 Report Share Posted March 11, 2004 The studio I go to teaches ballet exclusively, with classes for all ages and abilities. The adult program is very succesful at getting and keeping male students. Even though it is small, the school believes that performing is a necessary part of a dancer's education and stages two full-length ballets each year, giving all students an opportunity to dance. In the time I've been taking class there, several elementary school aged boys have started ballet, but none have made it through the critical middle school years. That seems to be the time when peer pressure, other demands on their time, and the idea of doing anything different and therefore "uncool" makes them want to drop out. A couple of our dropouts had a lot of promise, so it was sad to see them go. I assume other studios have the same problem. If it was solvable, the ballet world would be better for it. Quote Link to comment
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