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Old 09-17-2014, 06:04 AM
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Gymnastics, etc. Our daughter is 4-1/2 and we're interested in something for her to do. We have a kids trampoline in our backyard (courtesy of their grandmother) and she's constantly twirling and posing. My wife thinks ballet is prohibitively expensive, that you have to buy a costume they only wear once, etc. but we have no real idea. We could probably afford it in general, but we recently dropped a ton of money on one of our dogs so funds are a little tight at the moment.

Can anyone give me an idea of what it takes to fund ballet, gymnastics, etc.? I am by no means a helicopter type parent who demands that my child be some star of the stage, I just want her to have fun without drilling a hole into my wallet.

We live in Lake Ridge currently but may be moving back to the Falls Church/McLean area next year.

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Old 09-17-2014, 06:19 AM
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It's been a while since my daughter did ballet, but your wife is right that it adds up. Not just the lessons, but the costumes, shoes, getting her hair done for the performances, etc. It wasn't over bearing, but I am on a tight budget too and there were some surprises. She only did it one year (she didn't like it and I was glad to be rid of it). I have no idea about gymnastics. My daughter also did Tai-Kwon-Do too and that wasn't too expensive (just the uniform and it fit her for a couple of years). She liked that a lot and did a few competitions. I hope someone has a better answer for you... good luck.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:53 AM
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You can probably budget $70 a month for a 1 hour combo class (tap, ballet, jazz), typically running September through June. Ballet and tap shoes, tights, and a leotard (budget $50). Recital costume (budget at least $80) and probably a couple of tickets (budget approx $30 for 2). And you will want to purchase the recital DVD and pictures (budget at least $60). You won't know if she likes it until she tries it. The cutest most heartwarming thing is seeing your little girl on stage having a great time. Just like the TV commercial - priceless. If she decides to continue with dance and get more involved then you move to the competition side of the house, with additional costumes, makeup, jewelry, dance bags, more shoes, and team and competition fees.
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