- 3 months ago
- Wedding: March 2017
Previous post marked as spam so reposting…
So I had an interesting situation happen at an adult jazz dance class tonight. I’m not sure how i’m feeling, or what I should do, so I thought I’d share on the bee and just get a general consensus. Maybe some insight from dancer bees who maybe know some of the ego I was dealing with.
I’ve decided in the last few months/weeks to learn more about dance and take adult dance classes, mostly hip hop. I thought jazz could help supplement my learning, and I took it as a child. There is a studio a few minutes from me that offers all kinds of adult dance classes, all the way from beginner, to pointe ballet, hip hop, contempory and so forth. I’ve loved the hip hop classes Ive been taking so decided to sign up for the beginner jazz class and I bought a $100 8 class punch card. This class is advertized as BEGINNER, and says you dont need any experience. For the record, an advanced jazz class is offered and you have to meet certain requirements to be able to take that one.
I go into the jazz class tonight, and I feel I can do most of the stretches and moves, but of course I have to watch just to even know what to do. The instructior starts pointing out things like I wasn’t pointing my toes enough, I needed to go deeper in the stretch, etc. I thought it was silly because it’s not that I couldnt do it, I just needed to know WHAT they were doing in the first place. Anyways.
The class segments into another part, and he address the whole class about me. He goes “I’m just going to be completely frank here and Im drawing the line. I will allow you (pointing at me) to continue the class if you wish because it seems like you may be able to pick up the moves, but this is not a complete beginner class. These other ladies in this class have been taking from me the last few months, even over a year, and the complete beginners take away from their learning and it’s not fair. I’m tired of complete beginners coming here and leaving. I’m drawing the line- I will talk to the owner about this. If she want to offer a complete beginner class, then she needs to do that and not keep having drop ins here.” I kind of just..didn’t know what to say. I laughed..but I was kind of in shock. I paid to take this class that was advertised as beginner jazz…
Anyways, the rest of the class I felt bad because of the way he pointed me out, addressed me, and the more I thought about it- I thought how dare he. I paid to be there, fully planning on keeping up with the classes except for maybe his a$$hole behavior. I don’t feel I kept the other ladies back..in fact I felt like I did good but was self-conscious the rest of the class because he was eyeing me. I thought to myself that I was coming back and would show him.
I left the class that night, and two women came up to me and said “hope you decide to come back” I went to the front desk..almost thinking I should tell them about the instructors behavior, but instead I inquired if that was indeed a beginner class that I was ok to take. She responded of course it was beginner, it’s meant to learn..yada yada yada. She smiled and welcomed me to the family.
Some of my friends say I should complain to the owner and demand my money back and go elsewhere. Ill admit I think it was a pretty unprofessional thing to do..but maybe this is just dancer egos?
How would you bees react? I’m going to sit on it a few days and see how I feel..either 1) Go back to his class and prove he wont bother me or scare me away 2) Not go back to his class even though I wanted to learn jazz 3) Tell the owner what happened, fully realizing I cant show my face after complaining.