About 6 months ago or so, Olivia started twirling around with her hands above her head saying she was a ballerina. I assume it was from a show she saw. Then she dropped it for awhile. In my last batch of books I brought up from the basement, there was one with two little girls who we friends and they took ballet together. From there it was non stop talk about how she wanted to take a ballet class and wear a pink tutu.
For her physical limitations and gross motor skill issues, she actually should be in gymnastics. But she really wanted to do ballet, so we thought we'd give it a shot. I looked into some of the places around here and they were a little intense--you can only wear black leotards, your hair must be in a bun at all times, etc. I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I don't think Olivia is going to be a professional ballerina. Therefore, I don't think we need such intensity at age 3. Luckily, there was a class through the Rec center and it is super cheap. I thought that would be a good introduction. If she ends up really wanting to do it for the long haul, then we can get her into a program where they do recitals and are serious. For now we are just doing it for fun.
Her class is for 3 to 5 year olds and they meet once a week for 45 minutes.