I forgot to mention that I have a friend who is “in the industry” and before I spoke with this woman, my friend told me I should never have to pay.  I also emailed my dance teacher, who I trust and respect highly.  They gave me the heads up on this company and also said that I should never have to pay.  I am so glad I followed my gut on that one, but the entire conversation brought up a whole lot of peripheral things that are quite frustrating right now. Anyway, my dance instructors  want to meet with me about something…it could only be good things. Hopefully things that involve dancing or even tying the ribbons on the pointe shoes of a dancer.  I don’t care if I’m putting rosin in wooden boxes if it means I’ll get to go back to that studio.