Dancing Around the Truth
Matthew Greenbaum

Nyack, NY

#1 Apr 3, 2013
It is apparent that caring about the social and emotional well-being of children is not a concern for the owners of NYPAC. My six year old daughter was targeted and then removed from this dance school, all because of the inability of the owners to take responsibility and recognition of their unprofessional business practices. My wife and I (along with several other parents) witnessed one of the owners yelling at another parent, and then interrupted our daughter’s dance class to remove her two children. After the altercation, all the parents were discussing the unprofessional actions that just took place, for some unknown reason, my wife and I were singled out and later contacted and questioned regarding our comments. The owners didn’t like our candor or honesty, and rather than resolve these issues, the ugliness was thwarted upon our six year old daughter. When this behavior was pointed out to them as unacceptable, we were told that our presence at the studio was no longer welcome. It is obvious to me that the owners of NYPAC are in it only for the money and not the love of children or dance. Having already taken money from us, they would rather severe ties, than accept the truth when being called out for behaving erratic, rude and unprofessional. It is my daughter that loses out the most though, how do you tell a six year old child that she can no longer attend dance when she did nothing wrong? This letter is important, so others can be made aware of the poor business practices of NYPAC. Businesses that work with children should not be run by individuals who behave like children. To add insult to injury, after speaking with one of the owners and having been made aware of our removal from the school, later that evening one of the owner’s fathers called our home to reiterate the banishment. They claim to be there for the children, but this is the furthest thing from the truth. Their policy is one of “respect and politeness” but we didn’t experience either of these traits. From the false advertisement of a dance class, the intimidation of my child, to the phone call by “Daddy,” this performing arts company is performing something, but it isn’t the arts. So when deciding on a dance school, research other schools in the area, ones that show “respect and politeness” to your child, you, and the love of dance.

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