The lowered tuition—C$80 for the 35-week session, as opposed to over C$400—is an incentive intended to attract more boys to the school. Having enough male dancers is a perennial problem for dance companies.
The school began its incentive program in 1995 by letting boys attend free of charge. Arlene Minkhorst, the school's director, said that part of the drive to get more boys into the ballet school was to eliminate the negative image of men in dance.
"What I think is special," she said, "is that it's an education program where boys learn that it is okay to be in dance."