Nobody loves their students the way dance teachers do. They’re known to go out of their way to make each child feel appreciated and included in the studio family. In fact, at the Dance Teacher Summit, ambassador Phyllis Balagna shared a cautionary tale about attending students’ graduation parties. The moral: If you can’t make it to all of them, don’t go to any. (Balagna switched to sending cards to seniors and politely declining all invitations.)
One teacher in the U.K. has taken this spirit of inclusion to a new level. When she planned her wedding, Boogie Shoes Dance Academy instructor Katie Dalby invited her students—all of them—to round out her bridal party. “It just couldn’t have been fair to choose two or three of them, so the only solution was to invite 74 of them,” she told the Daily Mail. “I didn’t want to exclude anyone.” It’s a feeling many educators can relate to, but few would follow through on. The results are adorable, though, and the reception must have been quite the dance party.
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