Out of Line Yelling in Dance Class
Recently, I received a message from a Dance Mom who had a question. Basically, a dance instructor yelled at her for taking her three-year old daughter out of class to use the restroom.
Has a dance teacher yelled at you and you thought it was out of line?
If so, here’s what I told the Dance Mom…
“Did you already sit down with your daughter’s teacher and discuss this situation with her in a calm manner?
Start with a calm communication and try to work things out. While your daughter should know the rules at the studio and try to follow them as much as possible, teachers should always allow young students to go to the bathroom when they need to (usually, they just ask the instructor if they may use the restroom). The rules are different for older students, but your daughter is only three years old.
If the instructor gave you a difficult time about this situation, even after discussing it with her, it’s time to look for a different instructor. A dance class for young students should have rules but also be fun. This way, the children can learn and still enjoy themselves.
Also, if your daughter felt badly about the situation, she may become more insecure in class and afraid to talk to her instructor. This is not good for the learning process. In addition, the instructor may treat your daughter differently now too.
There is no need for an instructor to yell loudly at a parent in a dance studio when young children are around (even if you see it on the show, “Dance Moms” all the time!). It’s immature and unprofessional. The instructor should have quietly spoken to you on the side of the room. After all, this whole situation probably upset the other, young students in class, and they are there to have fun!
Right now, it’s important to find a class that your daughter enjoys where she can have fun and learn some basic, dance moves. Otherwise, she won’t want to go to class anymore, and she’ll miss out on the joy of dance. After all, I was the worst one in my class at age three, but I had so much fun, I kept dancing into adulthood.”
Do you need help finding the right dance class for your child? Check out these dance tips here.