My daughter appears to have flunked out of ballet today. It was the last day of her eight-week session, and there was a recital, complete with dads and video cameras. As usual, Pumpkin didn't follow all of the instructions, but she wasn't the only one. The other kids didn't do as they were told either, but they at least sat with their moms while their moms pointed and flexed their own toes. At a previous class, I actually said to the teacher that it is a good thing that she isn't a stickler for precise following of instructions. The instructor just shrugged and said, "They're still babies." My sentiments exactly. At the end of today's class, we approached the instructor, a former dancer herself, and told her that we had registered for another session to see if we can get Pumpkin a little more involved. I would have thought that the teacher would have been excited by this, as we are making an effort to encourage Pumpkin in this teacher's chosen field. Instead, the teacher gave a look of I'm not sure what, and suggested in her snooty, British accent that a little more parental control might help, but that we can't force these kids to do things that they don't want to do. (I know that the British are lovely people, but the accent needs to be mentioned as it does help emphasize the snootiness of it all) What happened to, "They're still babies."? My kid is freakin' two and a half!!! How can someone not-so-subtly hint that we should not re-register given the current performance of our two and a half year old??? It's not like it's a refined school for dancing. It's at my local community centre! Well, I had no problem unregistering for that class when I got home. We'll just take our mad skills someplace else!