It happens every year, despite my best efforts. I am sure it happens to you, too. I send out the dancers’ placement for the fall and inevitably, there is one parent that loses their grip on reality and shows a side of themselves that is so hideous that I wish I had never seen it!
But wait, before you assume that I just sent out placement emails all willy-nilly, throwing caution to the wind, let me take it back a step.
In January (yes JANUARY) I have 30 minute, one-on-one goals meetings with our company dancers and parent, to discuss the work the student is doing in class, whether they are on track to reach their goals, and what they can be doing to improve. I make it very clear that NOW is the time to be doing the work.
Prior to placement being released, I send a masterpiece of an email (if I may say so myself) to all the dancers, explaining that there are 3 rungs of the ladder in each class, and a dancer must achieve success on each rung before...