We found what we thought was a great little small dance studio for Greta to take dance at this year. We have liked it for the most part. They have fun and the teacher really gears the class to the younger kids, by including stuffed animals and such. But as we get closer and closer to the recital, we are definitely having second and third thoughts. Upon closer look at some of the other places around here, it seems they all have similar ‘problems’.
First of all, let me thank my cousin for getting married on the day of the recital, so we don’t actually have to go to it this year! You see, in addition to the $90 costume for my 4 year old (almost 5 year old), you have to buy tickets to the recital at $25 a pop. Yep, you read that correctly. So for us to see our child preform we not only had to pay for the really expensive costume (I’m still waiting to see it), but then we have to pay $75 for me, her father, and sisters to see it (thankfully B is free until she is 3). Not to mention if we want her grandparents to come or we want to buy her flowers or whatever.
Oh and we just got an email about some more things to buy! woo! A t-shirt with her name on it ($15), a participation trophy ($10) and the right tights for the recital ($11). Plus I would need to go buy makeup for her to wear for the recital and we don’t know how much the group picture is just yet. And while I expected some of these expenses when we signed her up, I certainly didn’t expect them all. Do we all really need trophies for participating? Why? I just don’t get it. Isn’t performing in the recital the trophy? I really have never understood all the participation trophies. I think I have one trophy from my childhood, a trophy I got for dancing at the same place for TEN years. And it is a small trophy, nothing big, for TEN years. Some of the places I looked at specified the exact color of lipstick, blush, etc. that the girls needed and while I understand this for more serious dancers, I can’t grasp it for the 3 – 5 year old class. I’m not sure what the video rules are for our dance studio, but I know for some you cannot record even at the rehearsal and must purchase the video if you want your other relatives to be able to see your child dance.
And unlike some of the kids in her class, SHE is the one who wants to take dance. While I’m happy that she wants to do dance since I did when I was growing up, there was absolutely no pressure and she looks so forward to going every week.
So what do I want? I want a high school or college girl to teach them in our church gym. Nothing big, just fun, pure fun. No trophy, just a small little recital for the families (that would be FREE, obviously) and maybe a costume that doesn’t cost $90. So who’s in? Where can I find this girl to teach?
edited: Well I actually read all the recital info and hoo boy am I glad we aren’t attending. Not only would we have to buy $25 tickets for Matt, Eloise, and me, but Greta would need one as well if she stayed to watch the rest of the show. Oh, and the theater is not air conditioned! and is the first week in June, because that is usually a cool time of year. And we do have specific makeup to wear for the picture and recital. And yep, we are not allowed to record, instead we get to buy a DVD for $25. So really where can I find a high school or college girl to start a little class?