Guest poetandlyric Posted August 27, 2008 Report Share Posted August 27, 2008 My daughter has had the same ballet teacher since she was 3 (she is 13 now). We have always considered ourselves lucky to have landed in a great program on our first try. We have been increasingly unhappy with the way the studio is run but have not had any real complaints with her teacher. Until yesterday. Yesterday she screamed at my daughter throughout an entire 1/2 hour private lesson. The instructor came in late and started yelling that my daughter should have come to tell her it was time for her private. She then yelled at my daughter about her tights (they got a run during the private), her pointe shoes (they are worn but not dead-only one week old) and her lack of satisfaction with her pirouette. She first threatened to take away her YAGP variation and then threatened to leave her home when they went to YAGP. Her corrections were not to her dancing but were mean jabs to her as a person. She said wearing tights with a run was "disrespectful". I am baffled as to what to do. We were doing YAGP because her teacher told her that she needed to do that. She has excelled at her summer intensives and was well liked by the teachers that she worked with. At our studio she is known as a polite, hard working, kid. She is a lovely little dancer but she can have trouble learning new choreography. I thought maybe that was the source of the problem but my DD says that they never even worked on new choreograpy. After the lesson the teacher came into the student lounge and yelled at my daughter never to waste her time like that again and that she was ashamed to be her teacher with her pirouettes like that. DD was mortified as the lounge was full of other students. There is such a fine line between being an advocate for your child and butting in when mom should butt out. Is this okay or did she go too far? We are stuck there until Nutcracker is over so we need to at least make the best of it until December. Ideas? Quote Link to comment
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