Rae Moon Posted November 20, 2010 Report Share Posted November 20, 2010 My daughter is seven. She is in level one at a local dance school, one that generally gets very favorable reviews and has produced several dozen professional dancers. She currently takes two 75 minute classes a week with the same teacher. She is the only student in level one who takes twice a week -- level one is one or two classes a week, and the choice is up to the student how many classes to take. Her teacher is very sweet, a pro ballerina herself, although she has only been teaching for two years, I believe. I have been able to figure out that my daughter is clearly "teacher's pet," much to my chagrin . (Teacher saying things like, "Don't worry if she is a little late to class, she is the best student, etc.") Luckily, it isn't giving my daughter a big head. I thought that maybe it was because she attended twice a week, and didn't think much more about it. I recently observed class, and frankly, I was horrified. The teacher expects all the girls to have 180 degree turnout. Understandably, most of the girls rolled forward onto their arches. Then the teacher went around and chastised everyone for being on their arches instead of closing down their turnout! She also puts the girls in an extended froggy stretch. It was pretty clear why my daughter is "favorite" ( ). She was the only one with sustained attention, who really tried her hardest, who danced on the music and who remembered the (admittedly simple) combinations. But none of the other girls even had a chance! The directions from the teacher were confusing, she doesn't have control of the class, after two months she doesn't know any of the girls names -- to my embarrassment she actually called several girls by my daughter's name!! My daughter knows not to push her turnout, and interestingly she was the only girl who wasn't corrected for having her feet less than 180 degrees. We have already decided that we will have her audition for the "big city" pre-pro school near us come springtime. In the meantime, do I do/say anything about this "sweet" but seemingly incompetent teacher? I am just appalled but not sure what to do next. Thanks for any thoughts. Quote Link to comment
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