sandsmom Posted December 8, 2010 Report Share Posted December 8, 2010 (edited) Hello. Our 9-year-old (soon to be 10) son is in his second year of studying ballet. The idea of taking ballet came from him after seeing Billy Elliot the musical. During the first year, he was enjoying the classes very much, which were at a well-regarded all-round dance studio. Following the recommendation of others, he auditioned for a serious pre-pro ballet school and was accepted. He started classes there this September, and has been struggling to stay motivated for two main reasons: 1) they (rightly, we think) emphasize getting the basics right, so they don’t get to do anything “fun” (our son’s words); and 2) the first year students do not have any performance opportunity. Many of the school’s students perform in the affiliated company’s productions, but the first year students cannot audition for those opportunities. The school has a year-end performance in June, but only intermediate and advanced students perform. As our son really enjoys the performance aspect of ballet as well, we’ve seen him get demoralized and de-motivated. We contacted the school to see if they had any tips in keeping him motivated, but while they are happy to hear his interest in performing, there’s not much they can do. My husband and I believe that it may not be such a bad idea for him to go through a period like this, as he often seeks instant gratification. On the other hand, we’re starting to get a little bit worried about how discouraged he’s getting. The other day, for the first time since he started ballet, he said that he doesn’t want to go to class anymore. Any tips on how he can stay motivated? My husband and I have absolutely no dance/ballet background, and we were kind of blindly following others’ advice regarding auditioning for this school, but now we wonder if we made the right choice… Sorry about the long query and I hope this was the right place to post it! Edited December 13, 2010 by sandsmom Quote Link to comment
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