Although some of the boys laughed at the idea, by being in a safe learning environment he felt comfortable stepping out of his comfort zone and expressing an interest in an activity not traditionally an option for male students of color. He wrote the required essay, filled out the application and was accepted. Throughout the two months of after school and Saturday practice, there were transportation and scheduling issues. With all of those obstacles he never gave up. He enthusiastically learned his choreography. The day of the performance, he got there just in time to get dressed before his showcase. He entered the stage with his head held high as if everything were normal. He was amazing!
After that experience not only did he talk about how ballet increased his endurance and flexibility to improve his skills in soccer and football, he displayed a new sense of confidence in his schoolwork and his social interactions with his classmates. The Galveston Ballet Company offered him a scholarship to return the following year.