oh, basheva..your descriptions are graphic and make me sigh.....my travails in the high schools pale into insignificance next to yours.....<P>i remember one student who complained to her father that she shouldn't have to 'do assemblés', because she'd done them before...the employing/supervisory teacher came to me to say that the father would take this complaint to the principal, unless i somehow defused the situation....can't remember how i did so. but i was just floored, and couldn't help thinking that, for example, fonteyn would have done pliés every day of her life for 50+ years and would still have considered it a privelege to do them,...whereas this know-nothing student wouldn't 'do' assemblés after she had supposedly 'learned' them once.....!
<P>about the touching thing - i have seen some discussions of this at other boards, and been surprised (in particular by men) that they DO still seem to touch in class, even in america!!!! what i mean is that, usually, once some legal or political correctness issue has even been heard of, in any other country, it's a pretty entrenched 'fact' or issue in america, where it often happens first. so the situation has usually progressed furher in the US.<P>you get very different responses in australia according to who you speak to - some people would still not have heard of this issue...but, in the major institutions, it would be well known-of. one friend of mine who travels internationally giving master-classes (a woman) says she always asks first 'do you mind if i touch you?'....<P>it isn't an issue in the private schools yet, but will no doubt become one soon. i have observed one superb master teacher (female) touching in a way i regarded as extremely innappropriate, and only a matter of time till a student (most likely resentful or angry about some other slight) would take a complaint to a parent, who would take a complaint to a court. it made me very uncomfortable to watch.<P>it seems an impossible subject to broach, without knowing someone extremely well, even if one's concern is for the continued well-being of such a marvellous teacher....even people who knew her quite well would not say anything. too embarrassed, i suppose. and the students APPEARED not to be bothered, but who knows what's going on in their minds..?<P>to me, what clinched the fact that this teacher cannot possibly have meant any harm, that she MUST have been somehow oddly unaware of how her attentions appeared, was the fact that the teacher did this repeatedly in front of an audience of dance teachers...if there had been any innappropriate intent, she would not have done it so publicly...<P>i have found myself that students vary in whether or not they are receptive to the hands-on approach. like so many other things, it has to be judged individually, and cautiously.