Hi worsethanclueless and Astrid
Here are my thoughts...
we have now reached Yr12
on this journey.......
If I had sat down and thought about it coldly & logically (from the point of view of finances long-term career prospects et cetera )at the beginning... Before starting on the JA’s - well - we would probably never have started down this road.
I’m so glad that I just took it all one step at a time and didn’t drive myself mad worried over the future! Otherwise I would’ve given up before we started !
I think the deciding factor is the amount of passion your child has for dancing in our case it is the only thing he lives for.
This means that no matter how tough things get he has always wanted to keep going!
After a drama queen rant and rave yes - but stop dancing ....never ....nothing and nobody will stop him dancing.
Does he have the perfect physique certainly not! But he can still out jump out spin and outperform many of those who do have perfect physique yes!
If that is how your child feels or grows to feel and I think you have to let them dance - the rest will sort itself out in some way or another. There are always other branches of dance there always scholarships and bursaries and there are plenty of other second Careers especially if you make sure they have a broad-based education while dancing.
Many have described the journey as a rollercoaster and I quite agree but it is one that you can get off if the pain exceeds the passion! And those years will definately not have been wasted as long as the child continues to enjoy the journey then I say let them continue !