OMG! When you really need a dance belt, you can never find one. A dance store should not call itself a dance store if it not going to carry dance belts in all sizes and in all styles. I mean really…to show up at a store in dire need of a dance belt fast and to find they have only small sizes in full bottom…that’s not a dance store.
I told a store clerk that today in no uncertain terms. You can be sure we won’t return there ever again.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here. Dance stores do not carry items for boys. That’s just a fact. But really. Give me a break.
Okay…I’ve ranted. As you may have guessed, we had a minor (well…not so minor) issue with a forgotten dance belt.
On to other things. I apologize for my neglect of this blog. Life has just been crazy and driving the hour and 15 or 25 minutes to San Francisco every day has not helped. Yes…that’s how long we are in the car (one way) to get Julian to City Ballet School. It’s well worth the drive, though. He is loving the classes and the (basically) private lessons with Yuri Zhukov. He says he has improved immensely in just a few short weeks. He’s also very excited to be partnering some of the best dancers there for the school’s Nutcracker as he takes on the role of Cavalier and Snow Prince.
I think the decision to move into a full ballet program at this point was a good one. However, I must say that I’m happy that he has contemporary classes twice a week, so he won’t lose that totally. I miss him doing tap and hip hop occasionally. And I’m very sorry he isn’t doing modern.
I’m going to put something out there for those readers who are dance teachers or administrators of dance programs: I suggest you really pay attention to the needs of your male dancers. When they come to you and say, I want more ballet technique or more opportunity to work on the “guy ballet stuff, ” or my interest lies in break dancing or in modern or in classical partnering, LISTEN. Don’t stop there, though. DO SOMETHING. Studios lose their boys when they don’t cater to their needs.
I can hear the rumblings: “Why should we cater to their needs? We shouldn’t have to treat them like they are special.” Listen up…again! The boys are special. And there aren’t that many of them. If you don’t want to lose the one or two really good male dancers you have, cater to them. Give them what they want. Otherwise, they will go elsewhere to get it…which is what Julian did this year.
Next post…I promise…the first in a series with choreographer and dancer Joey Dowling.