pss Posted January 23, 2008 Report Share Posted January 23, 2008 I've been debating where to post this - under SIs, parents of under 13's, or parents of boys. Since our situation is specific to a boy under 13, I posted it here. Moderators, if you think this would be better elsewhere, please feel free to move it. It took DS a few years to realize that he really loves dancing. He took a partial year of classes when he was 7, stopped for a few years, then became much more serious last year at 10. He auditioned for, and was accepted into an SI that has 2 three-week sessions. His 12th birthday is in the middle of the first session. We're torn about whether to enroll him for only 3 weeks or for the entire 6. The SI is close to home, but since the daily commute is so bad (horrific really seems a bit dramatic, but that's how I'd prefer to describe it), he would stay in the dorm. He attended a couple of sleep over camps last year, so that part doesn't concern us. Since he started much later than the girls his age, he feels like he's really far behind in technique classes. We (parents and child) all think that he'll get excellent training in the 3 week session. We're struggling with balancing the cost (which is significant, especially since he'll be 12) of the 2nd three weeks with the training, and also the intensity. I'd hate for him to be so exhausted that he doesn't get the full benefit of the program, but I know he'd love to get a huge jump in his technique this summer. He currently takes 2 ballet and 1 tap class each week. He's an active kid with lots of energy, so I'm really not worried about the first 3 weeks. Have any of you parents been in a similar situation? What did you decide, and how did it work out? Teachers, do you have any suggestions? If it matters, the SI is the Kirov. The first session concentrates on technique, and the second on performance. We're also looking for other local programs to keep him dancing through the summer. Thanks for your help. Quote Link to comment
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