Sammie has always loved going to ballet. Here she is her two-year old ballet class. Adorable:
This year, she started tap as well. Everything was great until January. All of a sudden she refuses to go to dance. She cries, fakes a tummy ache, backache, elbow-ache to try to get out of going. I usually drag her there and hand her off to her teacher. She ends up being fine and enjoying it. Sammie is a little bit of a prima donna anyway and has pulled this same stuff with preschool, etc but is now fine with everything else except dance class.
Dance is on Monday mornings. Sometimes on Sunday nights, Sammie won't go to bed until she sees me cross ballet off my calendar with a black marker.
Here's the rub. I've already paid an exorbitant amount of money for recital fees, tickets, and her pink pig costume for the recital. She has told me numerous times she does not want to do the recital, she hates the piggy dance, etc.
What do I do? I know the obvious answer is not to force her to do it. But I wonder if she needs to learn that she is fine and it will be fun (She always enjoyes herself in class once she is there.)
I grew up dancing and want her to enjoy it but more importantly, I want her to overcome whatever fear or anxiety she has over it. After the recital in June, I'm pulling her out of dance but I want to make her finish it.
I need advice on what to do. Help