An older sister had to talk Eli Waunch into going to his first ballet class at age 9. His two brothers also went along, so that the girls in the Deer Park program could dance with male partners. Before long, their mom started driving he and his sister to Spokane's Ballet Arts Academy. While his brothers bowed out long ago, he'll take a bigger leap this fall to study at a year-round ballet school, while finishing up his high school senior year online. He hopes to be a professional dancer.