DS is about to turn 6 and he loves loves LOVES music and dancing. We watched The Battle of the Nutcrackers every night together for a week and he loves imitating their moves. He's done the same with So You Think You Can Dance. He dances all the time. We had him in dance class at The Little Gym for a year, which he loved, but the huge focus they have on non-competition means they do basically the same thing every week. I'm thinking about putting him in a real ballet class, but I worry that it will be difficult on him. Not the class itself, but others' reactions. He gets a lot of grief from XH's family about having long hair and playing with "girls' toys." He was the only boy in his other dance class, but at the time he didn't care. He's getting older and starting to get it more that some people think some things are just for boys and some are just for girls.
If you have a boy in ballet, how do others react? How does your son handle it? Does he ever get upset or bothered by it?