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Summer maintenance classes are winding down and there is already talk of December's Nutcracker performances. Unfortunately I overheard the AD at my studio tell one of the instructors that I am too old for any role but party parent while I was warming up in an adjacent room. Ouch!

I have about a month before I will probably be presented with the roll that I have done for the last 5 years. What is a polite way of saying no that won't delve into details?

 

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"I am sorry, but this year I have too much going on and can't devote the time to rehearse and perform. Thank you for the opportunity, though."

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On 8/8/2017 at 10:43 AM, AncientDancer said:

"I am sorry, but this year I have too much going on and can't devote the time to rehearse and perform. Thank you for the opportunity, though."

Many thanks!

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Further, if you are asked for details, you can say, "it's complicated."

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A conversation such as that should not have taken place in any public area. I am sorry that your feelings are hurt, and quite honestly, they should be made aware that one never knows who is listening. It's a necessary lesson for those in the Arts. There are stories from the years of times when audience members were discussing a ballerina's performance in an elevator and she happened to be on that same elevator, overheard them, and gave them a dressing down. 

 

I could go on, but it is your choice how you take this information. If your production typically features dancers of all ages, then that is one thing. If however, it is mainly a "student", i.e. 18 and under production, then you could take it with a grain of salt because almost anyone over the age of 30 might look out of place in such a production. 

However you choose to handle it, you could make the AD aware that he/she might want to be more discreet when having these types of discussions. 

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