Nadia loves to dance. If music is playing, she’s dancing. In her car seat. At the mall. In front of a mirror. Any mirror.
One day she says she wants to take lessons, and I say, “Sure, why not?” Turns out there are a lot of reasons a parent should not enroll her children in dance. The main reason: Dance costs a billion dollars. True story.
The monthly fee isn’t all that bad, but there are tons of hidden costs. I knew there would be a recital. I would need to buy costumes, but I didn’t plan on wardrobe changes. Simone and Nadia will wear two costumes, one for ballet and the other for jazz. These aren’t Halloween costumes; these are costumes for a Broadway production.
Did I mention that we have to pay to see our girls perform? Yes, we have fork over $8 a person to attend the recital. I figured that wasn’t too bad. I mean, the dance studio has to rent the performance site, and it’s not like total strangers are going to come see our girls perform.
Just a few days ago, I got a note about a recital fee. I did a little math and came up with a huge number for the recital fee just for Simone and Nadia’s class. There are 50 more classes. That’s not a typo. Something tells me that fee is not for rent. Something tells me this recital will be like a Broadway production. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to mind.
So, I’m a little timid about opening my email. I fear one day I will learn about the hair and makeup fee. There may even be a spa fee, a mani-pedi fee, and a massage fee. My goodness.
Dance class is wonderful. Simone and Nadia look forward to it each week. It teaches discipline and is an excellent form of exercise. That said, I’ll be looking for a class in the fall that is a little less intense, has fewer wardrobe changes, and requires less capital.