Upset granddaughter was prevented from dancing
Recently, I attended my 5-year-old granddaughter’s dance recital. She was told she could dance the two routines that she was scheduled to dance but she was not allowed to dance in the Daddy/Daughter dance which was in honor of Father’s Day because she missed the Sunday rehearsal before the upcoming Saturday performance. The owner of the studio said she first had to check with all of the other parents to get their approval first in order for my granddaughter to dance the two routines. I am sure the parents were surprised that they were even contacted to make this decision.
I assumed she did not ask them for the approval to allow her to dance the Daddy/Daughter dance because they would have certainly said yes. Why would they want to hurt a child? She made the decision herself to keep her out of the dance to use as an example to the parents as to what she will not accept in the reasoning for missing that rehearsal. The reason my granddaughter missed the Sunday rehearsal was because our family was several hundred miles out of state for a death in the family and we did not come home until late, and ever yone was totally exhausted.
After the two dances that my granddaughter was in, my daughter made the wise decision for our family to leave before the Daddy/ Daughter dance came on so that she would not feel bad that she was not on stage with her daddy after they went to all of the other rehearsals. They knew the dance routines and I am sure they would have done just fine. After our 10 family members left, my friend and I decided to return to see that dance to see what she was prevented from attending not to embarrass the others that she did not attend the rehearsal. From what my friend and I obser ved was a cute routine that my granddaughter knew exactly how to do, daddy too. Not only were they charged an extra fee in order to be in that dance, they were also required to purchase a white dress, which, by the way, Grammy stayed up until 2 a.m. to make the alterations, which I loved doing for my granddaughter, and that she never had the chance to wear the dress that she was so looking for ward to.
This hurt her deeply and it upset me so much that when I returned to watch the dance, I approached the owner’s husband and asked him how they could do that to a 5-yearold child. His reply was that if they let her do the dance, then next year the others would have an excuse and miss rehearsal. I told him if a death in a family is not an acceptable reason to miss a rehearsal then you have poor ethics for running a company. You are dealing with human beings; life throws you situations that are above your control. So this just goes to show that they are only in it for the money and the love and consideration of the child’s feelings does not matter.
So, parents, beware she will not even consider a death as an excuse. What would it take to undue the hurt that my 5-year-old granddaughter endured. Hurting a child, how heartless.