by, 07-25-2009 at 11:48 AM (406 Views)
I get home yesterday to an e-mail from one of the teachers at dd's dance studio saying the three main teachers are banding together to open their own studio this fall. They are all extremely upset and hurt by an e-mail that went out to the competitive dancers' parents by V, the owner of the studio. I had only skimmed the subject e-mail because we'd already decided that dd wouldn't compete this year. So I went back and read it and I can totally see their point. It stops just short of calling them incompetent. Not sure if that was the intention though.
So now here's my dilemma, I've already pre-registered dd to the tune of $350 at the current studio. I'm sure V will not be offering refunds to those of us that defect, but I'm also not sure how V is going to continue on as she is losing her main ballet teacher, her modern/jazz teacher and her tap/jazz teacher and who knows who else. I personally love the ballet teacher and so does dd. I think the modern/jazz teacher (who dd has not been in her class) is an awesome and very creative choreographer and thoroughly enjoyed watching all her numbers at the recital. I think the tap/jazz teacher is great at tap choreography (only so-so at jazz though). I really want dd to stay with her current teachers, I could give a flying flip about V as I always thought she was pretty rough around the edges, but I don't really like the idea of losing my $350. (((Sigh)))
Just as a sidebar, if dd goes to this new studio, it will be her 4th and she's only 7 years old. Her first studio closed after her first year. Her second studio I was not all that impressed with. They had high school students teaching the little kids but we were paying the same rates as everyone else so dd only did one year there. Now, this happens with her third studio. How do you explain this to a 7 year old???