tiredmom Posted August 12, 2010 Report Share Posted August 12, 2010 My 11 year old son has been dancing for 5+ years (I've lost count!) and he truly loves it. We drive him to a ballet school about 40 minutes from our home, which is not a problem during the week as it is not far from his school and I work nearby. Last year was his first year in the school's audition-only program for serious students - which means that in addition the the regular classes the children are required to take a repertoire class and do several performances a year. Last year the requirements were two 90 min ballet classes, one 60 min modern and rep class (30-60min, depending on what they are working on). In addition, he chose to take a jazz class and, for several months, the boys class. I've hung in there with the schedule so far, but we just received his schedule for this year, and I am seriously thinking I might have to pull him out. The problem is not really the number of classes required (3 ballet classes, plus boys class, modern, and rep), but the fact that this year he must take a 1.5 hour Saturday mid-afternoon class (1-2:30). We have always avoided weekend classes for several reasons: he is not our only child, my husband often has to work on Saturdays, and we do not have any real carpooling options. And of course this is going to eliminate the possibility of any family weekend trips ever, or any chance of my son participating in any other activity or sport. (I should add that he has one sport - fencing - which we've always fit around dance, and that many of the children - girls and boys - he dances with also participate in another sport). Even Saturday morning would be better since at least we'd have the rest of the day free!!! By the way, the class in question is boys class - arguably the most important for his at this point - but also the only class that is only offered at just one time since there are only 4-5 serious boys in the entire school. So I guess my question to this group is: are Saturday classes generally required? Would it be entirely unreasonable of me to talk to the school about this issue? And tangentially, is it really the case that at this age children have to give up everything else to dance? Sorry if this sounded like a rant - I am really at the end of my rope, and my son literally started crying when I suggested that this schedule may just be impossible for our family. (PS I forgot to mention Nutcracker rehersals, which take up Sundays for a couple of months every fall and early winter) Quote Link to comment
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