Boys from ages 6 to 17 who are interested in taking ballet class can do so for free at The Ballet Center, 1863 Pond Rd. in Ronkonkoma.

This is the first time the studio is offering free training to boys, says artistic director Debra Punzi. The only financial obligation parents will have is a $25 registration fee and costumes and tickets to the annual recital.

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"We're going to accept 50 boys into the program," Punzi says. Right now, for every 10 girls there's one boy taking ballet at the studio, Punzi says. She says she is hoping the free lessons will increase the number of boys exposed to classical ballet. "You always need a balance of boys and girls to do ballet, for the partnering and the male solos," she says.

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For more information, call 631-737-1964.