You're very kind to ask, Joanne. I was tempted to post an update, but didn't want to risk boring folks. We ended up going and visiting the big school in town where we happily discovered that the new director is putting a Vaganova and Bournonville curriculum in place for the 12-and-younger level. He loved my daughter, she loved him. His second-in-command, who would also be teaching her and is an NBS of Canada person, loved her, too, etc., etc. So we thought, OK, it's now a viable option and we'll give it a try next school year.
And then things started to get punitive at her current studio, as I feared they might because of her dropping out of their Nutcracker. So, after much thinking and talking, we decided to switch her, beginning in January. And other families, including her best dance buddy, are leaving, too, for the other school. Turns out we aren't the only ones who've been frustrated. As I think I predicted at the beginning of this thread, I'm afraid this school is a sinking ship which is such a shame because they do have some very good teachers (although there have been signs from the really awesome teacher our daughter has had that he may be following us to this other school).
So, long story short, there's a sense of hope and optimism here again. Change is always a bit traumatic, but I think we've managed it in a way that has kept it pretty even-keel for our daughter. She's dancing around the house again, and that's always a sign that she's happy.
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