DianneC Posted October 27, 2011 Report Share Posted October 27, 2011 I have a question for the more experienced ballet parents and moderators. My 13 year old dd has ballet class with one particular instructor twice a week for technique and pointe. The teacher places the dancers at the bar and in lines for center work. My dd has had the same bar space, which she is not allowed to move from since the Summer Intensive with this teacher. She is also placed in the back row in the corner and cannot see the teacher or the mirror at all. She is only 5'2". I have never observed a class in which the dancers were not moved around in the lines during the class, so everyone gets to be in front, middle, back or at least in a different space in the studio. She has also never experienced this with any other teacher and she has had quite a few. Two girls (sisters) who were in the back row with dd quite last week mainly due to this teacher and now my dd is left in the back row by herself. This practice is not the norm, is it? What benefit would this provide to the dancers? My daughter is beside herself and being only 13, her self esteem is dwindling. She feels neglected and not worthy. The strange thing is she is a beautiful dancer, is cast in coveted rolls for Nutcracker, like Clara and more, but this teacher just does not appear to like her. My dd is very quiet, not a diva and does not cause any interuption in class. She also has an extrememly strong work ethic and all the other teachers know this. She is not the best dancer in the class since she is one of the younger ones, but I don't think that she should be shoved in the back every single class. I am drafting a email to the studio director or will be speaking to her, but would like to hear some imput before I do. Thank you so much! Quote Link to comment
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