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Posted by Just4Fun
10/31/2006  12:27:00 PM
My wife and I have been taking ballroom lessons for about 5 yrs. The studio we go to puts great emphasis on performing in spotlight dances and showcases which we do not want to do (we take lessons for social dancing only). Our teacher is continuosly pressured by the owner to get us to do performances. To "encourage" people to perform they routinely call people up to do spotlights without their prior knowledge. So we never stay when spotlights are being done because we don't want to be put in the position of doing something we don't want to do or refusing in front of all our fellow students. Is this practice common in all studios? The owner tells us that performing will make us better dancers. This may be true but I suspect it's more about taking more lessons to learn routines and paying to dance in showcases. We did try it once and we did not enjoy any part of it. The way I look at it is we are all adults and if we want to perform we will do it.

Just curious if this is common practice and if anyone else has had similar experiences.
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