InWayOverMyHead Posted November 3, 2020 Report Share Posted November 3, 2020 Well, last week my daughter's teacher announced in class that there would be pointe shoe fittings soon. Some of the girls are in studio and some are online. Mine is online since our counties pandemic regulations limit children to "one before or after school group activity". She's first and foremost a figure skater, and since I haven't figured out how to build and ice rink here at home (and the barre, floor and mirror were expensive enough) she's online for all her classes. There was no mention of her not being allowed to start pointe online (and there are 2 others who are 100% online as well). After several back and forth messages with the studio about when the fittings would occur and being told there would be a message out soon (again with no mention of the online limitation) I went to the fitters website where she had posted a schedule for fittings at the school. I scheduled an appt. for this afternoon (after skating practice). Yesterday we received a message from the school saying that girls who are online will not be allowed to start pointe work. Luckily, mine also takes weekly private lessons and in that case she will be allowed to start with her private teacher. I know private lessons aren't seen here with great favor, but it's been a tremendous help to her getting up to speed after a late start, and now will be the only way she can start pointe. I feel horrible for the other 2 online girls (who don't take private lessons) who were probably so excited at the prospect of starting pointe now being told no. So discouraging. I know they have their best interests at heart, but leading them on I think was disgraceful. My wife and I think that until I brought up the prospect they hadn't considered the problem! So, at this point, she will be "allowed" to keep the fitting appointment and start work in her private lessons. Again, I know that it can be dangerous without proper supervision, but shouldn't that have been discussed before setting the girls up for disappointment? It almost feels like punishment for not being able to attend in person. Thanks for letting me vent. Quote Link to comment
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