We don't know any friends' kids who are learning music or art. It appears not to be in favour. Personally I find that shocking and disappointing.
So what is in? Group dance classes to the tune of about a thousand a month. Plus all the makeup, costumes, competition fees, travel and overnight stays. Some would call it more "show" than "true" dance but nonetheless, it is a huge industry. The group mentality and the pressures that come with it are alive and well.
We know of 2 families who spent between 26K - 30K each to travel to the London Olympics (2 families of 4, for a week) to dance with the group. When we were told, I just thought WOW! To be 14 years old and be able to dance at the Summer Olympics! How do you even go about getting an opportunity like that?
As one mom put it, "We got there, had a day to settle in and S spent 45 min dancing at an out of the way industrial parking lot where no one was watching. No sign, no stage, no organization...We quickly realized it was a ploy for the school to be able to write off a trip to the Olympics." They did get tickets to see one round of fencing. Afterwards the family just did our own thing and enjoyed London.
On the other end of the spectrum we know of parents who are waiting for a "sign" from their child of their "leanings" before signing them up for anything. And they are honestly hoping it won't be the piano as they don't want to make room for one in their house. The TV takes priority. You should have seen my face when I heard that.
As well as parents who have openly declared they are not going to provide any opportunities outside of what's available at school or summer school because they are just too busy and tired to bother. Money is not the issue. I feel bad for the kids and hope they will keep their interests alive inside and pursue it when they are able to fund it themselves.