therese Posted July 23, 2008 Report Share Posted July 23, 2008 My 12 yo dancing son is at his first SI, 5 weeks away from home. He has struggled with homesickness, but seems to have periods of enjoying himself. My concern is that he is occasionally broaching idea of wanting to quit ballet. Every time it comes up, I try to be open minded (as my heart breaks), but I put my foot down and I am sure I sound mad. He has been dancing since he was three, with periodic classes in gymnastics and swimming, as his ballet schedule allows. He attends a performing arts middle school and is on track to attend the performing arts high school in 2 years. I have told him that when he can present me with an activity that takes the time and discipline and effort that ballet does, then I will discuss it. In the fall, he will be a Level V student, but still a good year or more before he hits puberty (when hopefully he will gain weight and grow). He has yet to come up with an idea other than gymnastics. Unfortunately, the only gym in the city does not have a boys team. Classes are at a recreational level only, which means at most, 2 classes a week. The other gyms are in the suburbs and near impossible to get to during rush hour traffic (never mind gas prices!) My question is, does anybody have experience with boys wanting to quit? Is it normal for this age? He says he wants to do something he "loves", which is not ballet. He says its gymnastics. I think its more "anything that I don't have to work so hard at". At 12, and still prepubescent, will it hurt him to take a year off? He will still have to dance at school in order to stay in the school (which I will NOT) bend on. What about a year off of ballet school? At level 5 (5 nights a week)? He is the only boy at this professional ballet company from level 5 down to the children's division. No boy's class, all female teachers. Any insight or help for my hurting heart would help. Quote Link to comment
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