what do you think i should say to/do about my ballet teacher?
ive been taking ballet with my current teacher for about 2.5 years. the thing that drives me and my parents CRAZY is how she loves money and overcalculates everything. my parents current problem with her is that she promised to give me credit $ for the classes i missed during the summer if i agreed to take a total of 5 hours a week of ballet classes during each week in the summer. at first my mom didn't want to due to my busy schedule, but because the teacher promised to give us credit, mom agreed. i missed a total of TWO classes. to make things even more complicated she MISCALCULATED our tuition. so basically over the summer, i paid for 29 hours of classes, only went to 25 of them, and only got 2 classes of credit back. now my teacher says that she really did give back 4 hours worth of credit $ when she really didn't! shes really very stubborn... should i quit after this session? i have friends in that class but i supposed i can live w/out them? what do you think i should do?
i mean quit the teacher, not ballet of course!
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I would simply write it all out and present it to her and tell her she needs to clarify it or you will leave the class. At the rate she is going she must be so concerned about money because she doesn't have it - so she should be concerned with keeping students, rather than cheating them out of funds (which is what she is doing to your family and probably to others).
- 1 decade ago
The real question might be do you feel her teaching is worth the relatively small hassle that her financial errors are giving you and your parents? There probably won't be any use in arguing with the teacher if she is sure that she has given you the correct number of classes. And I do realize how annoying it is when you feel as if the teacher is cheating you, even for a small amount. Why not have your parents speak to the teacher, and become very clear on what her charges are, and the policy for credits and make up classes. Both sides can politely make their positions clear, and perhaps she will explain what she meant by charging you as she did. This would allow you to finish out the session while still letting her know that you are unhappy with the situation. It may help you to decide just how much time you can give to the ballet classes, too. Overbooking yourself makes for bad feelings all around when you just can't do the things you have committed.
If there are better instructors, though, why do you stay? I'm guessing that the friendships formed in class will withstand the separation if you make the effort to keep in touch, too.
- SarahLv 41 decade ago
if you can, quit now and join somewhere else. You might want to wait until the session ends though, some places are hard to join in the middle of a session. Or you could just quit and wait till you can join elsewhere. Make sure you point out EVERY miscalculation she makes. And fight for your opinion until the misunderstanding is cleared up. Most teachers write down attendance to their classes, she should know for sure when you attended and did not attend class by simply looking it up. If you bought a hamburger for a buck, and the cashier charged you five dollars, would you let him? I wouldn't. Don't let her get away with what she's doing. If the same thing is happening to your friends, talk to them about what they think. If you really want to dance and are very serious about it, then leaving your friends shouldn't be that bad. But if you do it just for fun, I think you should talk it over with them and your parents. Maybe your parents should call your teacher or have a little meeting. good luck! I hope all turns out well!
- SnowflakeLv 71 decade ago
Is there any other ballet teacher that you can take lessons with?
I mean, if you love ballet that is. It seems like quitting ballet because some people have poor business practices is just sad. But yeah, I'd take my businesses to some other teaches as soon as possibe, and I'd tell all my frindes about the other good teacher that I found.
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- 1 decade ago
It is definitely not worth all the trouble. Quit as soon as you can and find a different class/studio! You're teacher sounds very stingy when it comes to money, and if you are paying more for your dance class than what you should be paying, it is not worth it. When dance becomes all about the money, it won't be fun anymore! Hope this helps :)
- 1 decade ago
you need to decide if you're getting enough out of the class, and from this particular teacher, to make her shady business practices worth staying in the class.
it sucks that she ripped you off!! i would think that she'd have some sort of "attendance log" (like any teacher would), so you might ask to see that. and if you have proof of the days you attended (and didn't), you might provide her with that information as well.
as for the credit ... hmmm ... sounds like she simply allowed you to take a class to replace each one you missed? unless she has some sort of attendance log or journal with her schedule that she's willing to share, i'm not sure i have a good answer for you. sorry!
oh, and you can ALWAYS keep in touch with your friends!!! just because you're not in the same class anymore doesn't mean that you can't be friends with them!!! get their phone #'s or their email and stay in touch. FRIENDS ARE THE BEST!!!
- 4 years ago
through no potential do i opt to weigh down your aims, even if it quite is risky to do ballet without training through a strong instructor. i have gotten damage in deepest training earlier with someone observing me the whole time, so at domicile it really is even more beneficial risky. in case you do something incorrect without understanding it, you could injure your self. also, the folk on YouTube are not continually precise. per chance you should attempt something like Yoga if there is an section close to you the position you could attempt this. no longer a similar, i understand, even if that's something exciting and lively to do, and in case you ever do get into dance, doing yoga may have helped with ability, flexibility, and stability already.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Don't quit BALLET because of a bad teacher, but you should definitely go to another studio. If you find a good teacher at another studio, it'll be more fun to do ballet without your crazy teacher.
- oldmanLv 71 decade ago
Turn her in to the IRS for fraud and have her audited. Or, understand that she is just another flawed human being like the rest of us and forgive her.
- altgraveLv 41 decade ago
quit, and ask your friends to come with you to a new teacher - they're likely just as fed up as you!