So my daughter has been taking ballet/tap for three years at the local studio. There used to be one boy who took lessons at the studio, but he has since left. My younger son has been expressing interest in lessons for the past year, though he is very clear that he would prefer a class with other boys.
He has a dancer's build and is very coordinated. I really want to encourage him, but because of really backward gender norms in our area, I'm afraid he will be the target of rude questions and even some teasing if he's the only boy in the beginning class.
We live in a small town surrounded by other small towns; the nearest city is nearly an hour away. There is a ballet studio there where there would likely (but not guaranteed) be another boy or two, but he really wants to take classes at the same local studio with his sister.
To complicate things, we will likely be relocating in the next year and half to an area that is more progressive, where he would likely be able to start dancing with a mixed class. As he's only five, I'm wondering if it might be a better experience for him just to wait.
I'm trying to involve him in the decision-making process, but he mostly seems overwhelmed because he can't do it on his terms (local studio where sister goes, with other boys).
Anyone have experience with this, or suggestions? Thanks!