small child thrown out of dance class

small child thrown out of dance class

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Elkridge, MD

#1 Feb 24, 2012
Hello, this is my first post and I am sorry it has to be a problem. My daughter is seven. Her teacher has made comments insinuating she is fat. She is not, just has a belly, like some little kids do. Now she wants to diet, is counting calories, watching weightloss programs, and her effort in 2 subjects on her school report card is down. She is 4' and 58 pounds of solid muscle (She did tae kwon do also) She has been going to this school almost 5 years. Her teachers are not from this country. I complained about this. The result is she now has a crappy part in the end of year dance. Another student who pays more for a private lesson is featured dancing across the stage and then back across the stage while my daughter stands in back. Then she finally gets to join in for about 30 seconds. She stated that she dont like this dance and neither does her mom. I was then called into the class during a break & verbally attacked for being negative and berated for this by someone half my age. I replied that the negativism(?) started with the "fat" insinuations. The owner then told me to get out of the class for it was class time. Then after, I went into the class after students left and shut the door to discuss this. The owner came in and joined in and proceeded to yell at me that I didnt know anything about ballet. I said what I meant to with out getting to snippy as the children were right there. I was told my money would be refunded by a check in the mail and I was to never come back. Now I get a letter apoligizing and asking me back. I am sorry for the rant but I need to hear what experienced ballet dancers have to say about this, I am in shock and dont know what to do.

Edinburgh, UK

#2 Oct 13, 2012
Go to the local papers and expose this bully

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