expat123 Posted April 29, 2012 Report Share Posted April 29, 2012 We have a terrific school where all the girls and parents get along very well. My DS has been in the school for several years, and I do think that he is well-liked. The girls get together socially outside of the studio (ice-cream, parties, outside performances). However, it seems the parents/girls rarely- if ever- think of inviting DS along. I know that it may be awkward- especially for some events- but they are all comfortable friends together in the studio so I think it should be no big deal to have DS along sometimes. Sometimes the parents invite DS at the last moment when they are about to leave the studio for an event, which generally doesn't work as an afterthought when I already have other plans for the day. The one or two times a year where he is invited (usually an organized whole-class event), he is estatic to be able to spend time with his friends. He is in middle school, so having a social life is important to him. The other boys have ballet sisters or family members employed in the studio, so I think that perhaps they are invited as tag-alongs to their sisters and families? I am frustrated because DS's only real friends are the ballet girls. He doesn't have time for other sports, and people outside of ballet don't even know about this very important part of his life. Is this an unavoidable consequence of being a boy in ballet? Any tips on how to get DS more involved in the social life outside the studio without crashing the parties (and generally I am not even aware of the parties until after the fact!)? Quote Link to comment
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