New Dance Class(es)
Ugh, I have such a horrible cold now! Anyway kids in bed now, tired out after Girl Lacer’s new tap / modern class. Boy Lacer, bless him, thought he was doing it to and was sitting down with the other kids, I had to drag him out. But that did inspire me to go with my gut instinct, I’d always thought about enrolling him in baby ballet, the class Girl Lacer did last year but Mr. Lacer was worried about whether it’d be too much for him and whether he’d be able to follow instruction, however he’s always loved dancing and although chances are he’s never going to be very good at it, it would help his mobility no end, so after Girl Lacer’s class ended I spoke with the teacher, who’s the school owner about enrolling him in baby ballet after Christmas and I explained about his diagnosis and she was cool about it, said they hadn’t any experience in that and asked about how he’d be about joining in etc. but I said he’d probably be ok and so we’ll give it ago after Christmas. So, I feel better about involving him in something extra now, the dance school is excellent and most importantly these days cheap! I’d only tried the tumbletots route because that’s what occupational therapy had recommended but regardless about whether we could afford it or not, he spent most of the session screaming and I have a feeling he won’t be like that in ballet, hope not anyway. We brought Girl Lacer’s ballet show DVD home with us and he spent the entire time watching it transfixed, as did Girl Lacer, specially watching the teenagers perform, she’s requested to watch it tomorrow to.
Actually, typing this, it’s occurred to me why Boy Lacer didn’t like tumbletots yesterday, it was an unstructured class because we’d thought that the age appropriate structured class would have been too much for him (which it probably would have been, as he’d have ‘had to’ use equipment that he wouldn’t have had the confidence / ability on) but the unstructured class we went to was too unstructured, thinking back now in a slightly more calmer frame of mind, there was just too much choice for him, too many kids rushing around who to him probably looked like they knew exactly what they were doing, whereas for him the choice of all that apparatus would have been “argh, what next? Is there an order? Am I missing something?”, could he have been thinking that? I don’t know, trying not to put my mind into what I think his mind is too much. Anyway ballet won’t be like that, an empty room, kids all doing the same thing (so easier for him to copy, which he likes doing) and more direct guidance. Here’s hoping.