My dd1 is 7 yrs old and a very talented performer/dancer/acrobat. This is not just a proud mama saying so, this is based on so many parents commenting, the teachers and director at the dance school commenting on her ability to project on stage without even trying, her passion in dance, skill, ability, etc., being invited into the competitive program. We come from a family of generations of performers (theatre, comedy, dance) albeit semi-professional.
Dd says she wants to be a dance teacher when she grows up, all she really wants to do is dance. The problem is, this costs money and a huge dedication of time on behalf of the parent who needs to take time off work to drive her to competitions, etc.
Isn't it possible for her to fulfill her goal of becoming a dance teacher and/or professional dancer without joining the comp program?
I really want to give her a chance to fulfill her dream, and I think she is capable of doing it. I just feel like we will need to make a lot of time, energy and money sacrifices to do so that will push me/us to the edge with stress.
I am willing to make sacrifices, brainstorm and figure out ways to make things work. But I also worry that we will not be able to go to the same lengths to foster the passion or interest in her siblings because we will have already stretched our resources (money, time and energy) too thin.
I am looking for stories from Mamas and families who have been in this decision making situation, what you decided to do about it, and how it turned out. Looking for a variety of viewpoints here please. Thank you very much Mamas.