Urgh… I am starting to feel like my quest for the perfect pointe shoe is nothing compared to my quest for the perfect ballet school.
My summer holidays started early this year because both my classes got cancelled.. yep.
I can forgive one of my teachers for cancelling her class. She has been having some health problems recently and had an important meeting with her doctor the day we usually have class. She offered for me to take class a day before instead, but I turned it down because I can’t afford to travel to that studio twice a week. It just isn’t worth it.
I still had my intermediate class to look forward to that week. So I was on the train there and suddenly I got a call. I am a bit weird, and have trouble answering the phone if I don’t know who it is. So I googled the number and my ballet school came up.
I listened to the voicemail and it was one of the office ladies telling me that my other class was cancelled because no one else was coming and it wasn’t worth it to hold the class for one person.
This frustrated me on many levels.
- I was already on my way to class and had paid for the train fare.
- It was the last class for the year
- I already paid for the class. In fact everyone who didn’t turn up had paid for the class already. I am also fairly certain the teacher was paid for the class no matter if it took place or not. So why did it matter if it was just me?
- I think I deserved an individual class considering there were so many public holidays on Thursdays this year and I still have to pay for class during the holidays when it doesn’t take place
- If I knew that the class wasn’t going to take place I would have gone to ballet class the day before like my other teacher offered
I just feel frustrated.
I kind of feel like I am wasting my money there. I have missed about 6 classes since starting there because of cancellations or public holidays. It doesn’t even include the classes I have taken off sick.
The problem is, I like the intermediate foundation class. It is the whole reason I go there. So I kind of feel like getting rid of the adult class. However, the studio isn’t that close to me so it doesn’t really make sense to go to just one class.
Is that normal that you have to pay for classes per month, even over the holidays? I feel like my mum always used to pay per term. The teacher at my old studio was really flexible with catching up on classes. She was also only closed for 3 weeks over summer.
I can see why this school doesn’t have a 10er card. It would really be worth it to have a 10er card rather than pay per month.
Another thing, why are there no courses over the summer holidays for anything?!!!
I looked into doing some non related ballet courses over summer. I looked into pilates, Zumba, even aqua sports. Every course I looked at is closed over the school holidays!! Why???!!!!
I got an email back from the woman who is in charge of renting out the dance studios I mentioned last blog post. She asked me questions about the size of the studio I would like, what dates I would be interested in.. etc etc. What I really needed to know was the type of price range I was looking at.
Am I looking at 20€ for an hour, or 50€ or more?
I emailed her with some more information, but she hasn’t replied back.
Nothing seems to be helping with my ballet slump.
How are you going to cope over the summer break?