Any other mums of ballet boys out there?

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Re: Any other mums of ballet boys out there?

Post by Littlemum » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:52 pm

Thanks Billysmum, I've sent them a message - let's see what else we can squeeze into all our lives, hey?!!
Thanks for all the advice everyone x

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Post by 2dancersmum » Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:16 pm

This might be of interest to some young male dancers in Birmingham - popped up on my facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/DanceUK1/photo ... =1&theater

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Re: Any other mums of ballet boys out there?

Post by RoseTowers4 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:08 am

Hi everyone,

Does anyone know anything about BBO (British Ballet Organisation)? How does it compare to ISTD or RAD?

Thanks :)
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Post by gab » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:55 am

Hi,
I'm new here. I live in Sydney Australia, and my son (9) takes ballet (RAD Grade 4 at present), Street Tap, Exam Tap (just completed CSTD Elementary Gold),Jazz, HipHop, Acro, Boys' Technique Class, Boys' Masterclass (a mixture of styles) Musical Theatre, Group Singing, Private Singing Acting and Piano. *exhale*
Consequently I live my life amongst tights, leos, dance belts, tap shoes and sheet music. And then there is the whole casting/auditioning game.
I recently heard one of his classmates (who prefers sport) ribbing my son about taking dance, and labelling it as "gay". I was rather pleased when DS said "Clearly, you don't understand what the word "gay" means. It's a sexual preference - nothing to do with dance. I spend my Saturdays with a whole lot of girls who wear leotards, while you're at the oval with a group of boys."
Sadly though, he no longer participates in any performing arts inside of school. He tells me it's because the standard there is so abysmally poor (it is). I suspect though that he's preventing himself from being opened up to ridicule on a larger scale.

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Re: Any other mums of ballet boys out there?

Post by TalyaB » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:14 pm

Brilliant answer, gab - I love it. He's clearly very focused. Best of luck to him and to you - it sounds as if supporting him is a full-time job!

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Re: Any other mums of ballet boys out there?

Post by CatKat_0 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:36 pm

loving it - clearly he loves his dance and is comfortable being him - job well done I think. You should be proud - he dealt with with the other boy in a very mature manner x

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Re: Any other mums of ballet boys out there?

Post by munchkinmum » Sat May 16, 2015 3:50 pm

Hi all, DS7 started ballet when he was 3 - he saw some street dancing on telly, said he wanted to "do THAT!", so I signed him up for street dance. He went twice, then came out of the second lesson saying. "No, I don't want to do this, I want to do ballet!" I asked him if he knew what ballet was, and he did a credible job of shaping his arms by way of illustration, so I signed him up, and he's been going ever since...the only boy the entire time. A clash from this coming September meant we had to look for a different school (and switch from IDTA to RAD), and we found one with a lot more boys. DS is incredibly excited about going. Living in "proper Billy Elliot county", he has been teased, but we had a wonderful moment when, aged 4, he also wanted to learn Taekwondo. There were a bunch of 11/12 year-old black belts there when the coach asked him if he did any other sports, and he brightly said "Yeah, I do ballet!" I held my breath........and then got a pleasant surprise when all the older boys told him how fab that was, as the two would complement each other with strength, balance and flexibility. We're currently taking a break from Taekwondo (DS decided he wasn't sure he liked kicking people in the head..............), but ballet is here to stay, it seems :)

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Post by 2dancersmum » Sat May 16, 2015 4:53 pm

ballet and tae kwon do - that takes me back. My DD took up tae kwon do when she was about 4 or 5. After a few lessons the coach commented on how strong and flexible my DD was and asked if she did any other sports. She said - no I just do ballet - and those around her laughed but the coach pointed out that the reason she could do all the exercises so easily and pick up the patterns was because of her ballet. She also could get her leg up really high and had the strength and balance to do so. The older ones soon discovered that if she was their opponent they really had to pay attention - even if she only was waist high on them (she was very small for her age). DD didn't like kicking people in the head either - and after her brother did get kicked in the head - she quit.

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Post by munchkinmum » Sat May 16, 2015 7:42 pm

:) Looks like it's a winning combination. My son says he wants to keep going, but just for the fitness, and not to do sparring or competing. He decided to take a break from last Christmas until next academic year, so I guess we'll see what happens then.

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