Fast Food School Rant
I don’t typically like to put my complaints in writing. I’m always afraid they’ll morph into something more real if they’re written down in some permanent way. But in complaining about this particular phone call yesterday, a larger issue was brought to mind. I have long been warned by Mr Ohman of fast food dancing schools. He’s told us, long before any of us were teaching, that we have to educate the parents on classical ballet and what it really takes to build a foundation for any kind of dance. If a child wants to dance recreationally, that’s fine, but the parents must be educated on exactly the kind of education for which they are paying. It is not fair to mislead them into thinking they are exposing their children to real dance, when they are so very far from it.
Debbie E. Lomba
5/25/2013 04:59:48 pm
Bravo, Bravo....Eloquently put. I have a granddaughter that matriculates at Integral Ballet. It is not a daycare nor was it obviously intended to be. I live out of state and have had the opportunity to visit New York and my granddaughter's classes while on vacation. I was impressed the first visit but by the third trip I was convinced that Ms Erin and Ms Lauryn would cultivate one of Broadways future talents. They have the patience of Job with some of those little girls. I liked the teaching style, the professionalism of the training for art of dance, and the respect for the dance itself. My granddaughter is 5 years old and is studious about her ballet,she knows she is their to learn to dance because she wants to; not because her parents can drop her off to go get their errands done, nor because she wants to play dress up. Toys r Us sells lots of princess dress up outfits I've bought them, the playground has lots of room to run around and release energy I know I've been there...so I guess if you and your child really want to learn dance you go to a professional dance school. If the interest and the desire of the child is real they will study and the parents will pay...no if ands or buts about it, otherwise take the child to Chuckie Cheese for goodness sake and enjoy yourself, why disrespect the classes in motion.
5/26/2013 05:13:56 pm
youre right, a third of the cost of other programs, which is an unbelievable commitment on your part to my little girl... Thank you and your staff. disciplined instruction is also evident before I ever stepped foot in your studio. There's no other factor for a parent to consider or whine about. Tune them out.
5/30/2013 12:36:58 pm
Yes!! When we signed up for this school we signed up for proper training with professionals who love what they do and take pride in the craft they teach. The children are indeed walking away with a lifetime of lessons! Money is well spent!!!
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Miss Erin serves as the Executive Director at Integral Ballet.