...is to take what I say with a grain of salt. As a teacher, it's my job to help make you the best dancer you can be. Part of what that entails, is giving feedback, and it's not always going to be wine and roses. So I try to make light of it - because that's what I do in life - I use comedy for everything! I was cracking jokes during my
c-sections...both of them. Bottom line: if I make a joke about something someone is doing when they dance it's because I care enough to tell you.
It's important to know that it is NEVER my intent to hurt anyone's feelings. And I definitely don't want to deter you from dancing. I want the whole world to Dance! But I want you (and your partner) to have fun and be safe when you do it. Yes, we're still talking about dancing;)
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it is never any teacher's intent to hurt feelings - but someone has to tell you... that's why you pay us. Think of it like this: if you had a big green piece of spinach in your teeth, wouldn't you want someone to tell you?! Wouldn't that be preferable to walking around all night with your food hanging out? If they tell you by joking about it, don't get offended. Instead, know they're trying to keep the mood light for everyone.
I found out recently my name apparently means "truthful". Ironic, I thought, because my friends always joke that everyone needs one friend like me. I'm the girl who'll tell you (if you ask) when you 'don't look your best in something', or give you an honest critique on a project when I could have said, "it's great!", or tell you when you have something scary and green in your teeth. A teacher who spends all their time complimenting you, instead of educating you, is just trying to get your money. Run the other way.
So, for goodness sake, thicken that skin, brush your teeth, and I'll see you on the hardwood!:)
Allison loves to write almost as much as she loves to dance, so no one had to twist her arm to get her to write about dancing!