taoofpooh Posted August 7, 2006 Report Share Posted August 7, 2006 My DS (age 11-12 in November) has been asked to attend the year round program at Canada's National Ballet School (NBS). We are thrilled and excited and scared to death!!! He wants to go. I would really like him to wait another year. I have read tons of posts on the subject. Lots of people say 11 is too young, others say that you have to let them go if they are asked because this opportunity is too big to refuse. The feedback we got during the interviews was that they really wanted my son to start with them now because while he has been getting excellent technical training where he is it is obvious that he has been dancing with girls. He needs to develop a male flow of movement, learn how to hold his arms like a male dancer, open up the chest....etc. Also, he is starting to grow (huge growth spurt this year) and puberty is around the corner. They want to get him stretching and do the body conditioning boys need before testosterone tightens him up and bulks him up. I always thought that because boys are so needed in ballet that he would have more time to make this big a move. If he was a girl we know we would be saying yes without any hesitation. ACK!!!!! Any feedback would be appreciated!!! Quote Link to comment
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