Dropping out is a big deal when you’ve invested a lot in dance training. How does a parent get to the bottom of their child’s desire to quit? Do you let her quit or make her stick it out? Chantale Lussier-Ley, a mental performance consultant who’s worked a lot with dancers, helps parents handle this situation with finesse and confidence.
pros and cons
If your child is asking, investigate the reasons she wants to take a new or additional dance class. Costume style, choreography, musical accompaniment, or maintaining friendships may be no less valid or less important to her than the desire to enhance her skills. Dance should be fun, too! Do not devalue or brush away these motivations, they are part of the equation.