Dance Studio Owner asking for $$$ Posted by learningtodance 12/26/2013 9:38:00 PM
Hi: Has anyone experienced a studio owner/teacher asking for money in the form of donations or asking you to buy huge blocks of lessons in advance? My dance studio owner/teacher asked me to donate thousands of dollars to help him with the costs of running a competition. The first request was for thousands and I told him I couldn't afford it. Again, he asked for almost 4 thousand dollars and I was dumbfounded since I said no the first time. Then he asked me to purchase fifty lessons in advance. I am not a wealthy person but it seems he thinks so. I don't wear jewelry, drive a fancy car, wear expensive clothes. It's a struggle to pay for private lessons, comp fees, partnering fees, and comp dresses. These requests have left me feeling like ballroom is just for wealthy people and I should quit. I am really depressed over this situation because I love ballroom dancing and competing but feel I will be penalized for not making these huge donations/purchases. BTW, I have never received even one free lesson from this teacher and we are not friends outside of the studio.I have not taken a lesson in weeks because I don't know what to expect or how to handle the situation after telling him that I can't honor his requests. And, I am rather peeved but don't know if I should be. Are these requests standard in the industry? Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance.