Skittl1321 Posted April 19, 2005 Report Share Posted April 19, 2005 I guess I am not very thicked skinned today. I left class half and hour early with tears in my eyes and was crying by the time I got out the studio door. It was definetly not worth crying about but class today really really upset me. As we were starting plies a man peeked his head in the door. Our instructor stopped and turned and asked if he could help the man. The guy said he was just peeking in and our instructor invited him in to watch, even though it was not visitors week. No problem. Well after our instructor told him to take a seat he turned around motioned for two ladies to come with him. And went and picked up a video camera. Why would you bring a video camera to drop your daughter/son (I don't know whose parent it was) off for dance when visitors week isn't for 4 weeks and was 2 weeks ago? Most of the time during vistors week the parents sit quietly, some filming their daughters. These cameras make me nervous because I look most of the kids ages, with about 15 more pounds and hips that have gone through puberty. Today it wasn't just the camera. These visitors were RUDE. Almost every group correction, they would laugh. Some individual corrections they would giggle and whisper among themselves. Our instructor gives corrections so that they are a little humorous. Usually it makes you feel better about making a mistake. But when you I amtold, "Sure looks comfortable sitting down in that hip? Who told you ballet is comfortable." And two ladies giggle and whisper it makes me think they are giggling AT me, regardless of if that is the case or if they are giggling at the comment. When an instructor says, "Dancers what does Frappe mean" and everyone answers "to strike" to which he responds "then why can't I hear any striking" That is not an invitation for guests to laugh. It might look easy. Heck, to some people it might be easy. But to me it is not. And it is so much harder when people are laughing at you while you are doing it. The video camera was the least of my problems. When we went to put the bars away I asked my instructor if it would be okay if I did not return from center and let him know that the reason I was leaving was our visitors behavior. He reasurred me they weren't laughing at me and that he would hate for me to lose class time. I told him if barre made me feel this horrible I couldn't imagine center, almost started crying, told him that its hard enough to get through the classes without external sources of embarrassment and thanked him for the barre. I got an hour barre, so the class (and money) wasn't a complete waste, but now I feel miserable. I have no idea why I was so thin skinned, why I seem to be crying for no reason or why those people thought that behavior was appropriate. Quote Link to comment
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