At age 2 he knew the moves to Beyonce’s “All The Single Ladies”, loved Lady Gaga’s music video to “Bad Romance” and preferred the Top 10 Hits to Children’s Pop.
After sitting in the waiting room for his sister to be done with her ballet classes for 2 years he asked to try Hip-Hop. I was hesitant because I didn’t feel like driving to dance another night of the week. But last summer after watching the recital and how into it he was and how awesome the other male dancers were he persuaded me to allow him to try a summer hip-hop class. As I was signing him up, the dance instructor talked me into letting him audition for company. I thought, what is the harm?? He certainly won’t make it…he has never taken a dance class in his life. But, he did. He made it and I had to make the tough decision of whether to let him join. We let him try it out for the summer and we would make our mind up in August. He LOVED it.
If this was a “boy sport” we would be ALL over it…travel soccer, baseball, basketball, football. There would be no shame in letting our boys practice a sport 7 hours a week and travel for games. But it was DANCE….and he was a BOY. We thought about it for about 2.5 seconds. And then the thinking was over. Our son WANTS to dance. He is good at it. Why would we not let him do something he loved??? As a parent, we want our kids to make good choices, raise them UP, and be happy, healthy individuals! The choice to let him dance supported all of our values as a parent. Our values are not to raise up a sport loving, get dirty and be competitive.
Now…if our son wants to play a sport he is passionate about AND it raises him UP, we would support that just as much! But we certainly are not going to force our child to play a sport.
Dance has brought discipline and structure to his life. His coordination, balance, and core strength is pretty ridiculous. He has gained confidence and poise that most of us would LOVE to have. And this is just the beginning…