Guest MasterPuppeteer Posted September 26, 2008 Report Share Posted September 26, 2008 Hi folks, new member here, mom of a 7-year old NDS (non-dancing son). Just curious as to how your sons got started with dancing. Did they all ask to go to class? Or did you point him toward that direction? As a dancer myself, I would dearly love to introduce NDS to ballet. Right now, he is slightly resistant, not because he doesn't want to dance (on the contrary--this kid is a twirler and leaper and you've never seen a grander jeté from a first grader), but because he perceives it as a girly activity. He is not completely opposed to it though. Sweetie-pie that he is, he said, "I'll try it, mommy." We are blessed to live in a part of the U.S. that is very cosmopolitan and with a bountiful number of serious ballet studios. Matter of fact, the one I go to has several young boys as students, and I've even seen an 8-year old cutie pie in pas class partnering a girl several inches taller than him. I guess my question is two-fold: Is it right to nudge/encourage my twirling/leaping NDS into ballet or should I wait until he makes a definite request to go to a class? I know it's not right to push. I would never do that, and I know nothing would make him run faster in the opposite direction than if I pushed. If I could just find an all-boys class with a male teacher, I think there would be no hesitation on his part. Should I just wait until I find one? Or do I encourage him to join an all-female, all-pink-clad class? Or should I just forget about it? I have no illusions that he'll be a pro, or that he'll even be any good at it. But I would love to expose him to the art form and all its benefits—posture, poise, control, grace, strength. Ah, maybe I should just forget about it. Or maybe I should enroll him in a hip hop/breakdancing class like he keeps asking. Thanks for reading! Quote Link to comment
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