To Ballet, Or Not to Ballet?


I'm a homeschooling mom of two (ages almost 10 and 11). My daughters are involved in a Christian ballet school as an extra curricular activity. They have been going to ballet for about three years and enjoy the classes. While we can afford these classes, our budget is tight. The classes get more expensive as the girls advance in level. Therefore, ballet is their only extracurricular because that is all we can afford. While I think ballet is a great form of exercise and use of extra time, I'm not sure that having such a narrow focus in recreational activities is best for them. While they may become excellent ballerinas, would it be better to put that money toward a variety of quality recreational activities (playing tennis, cross country skiing, etc.) for them to try out? Should they be focusing solely on ballet at the ages of 10 and 11, or should they learn to enjoy a reasonable variety of activities at a much less serious level?

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