On the other hand, you have the risk of people going into teaching for
financial gain. Raise the price of class and build a financial savings for
the class instead of paying the teacher. If you have a good investment
person, then invest some of it. You may then be able to afford lavish balls,
expensive bands from overseas, etc.
The other point is that, while teachers do a lot, there are many others who
do just as much that aren't paid. I used to pay a significant amount to study
piano and organ with an absolutely magnificent university professor, but that
was his profession. For SCD teachers, it is a hobby.
In a message dated 10/25/1999 4:37:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< I am aware of one teacher who may offer private classes, $5 per student.
I believe this may compensate the teacher. I've never once heard a
complaint from any one of said students. Even though I believe a great
beauty exists in giving of talent to the community, I also believe that
here in the Consumer/Consuming USA that value is conveyed by
remuneration... I believe we would be valued more by the community if
we charged more for the classes. I know it is insane, but I have had
potential students shocked, and not very impressed, when they are told
how little the class costs. We know that other forms of dance taught in
the community cost a LOT more. Charge more; pay teachers, and I bet we
would have the public clamoring to learn. Maybe we should shake off a
war economy mentality and, in the process, find lots of new dancers????