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All white ballroom instructors

Have you dancers noticed that the Arthur Murrays and Fred Astaire studios have only white teachers? Funny isn't it? I mean, could they be discriminating against African-Americans and Latinos when hiring instructors? Please offer some feedback.

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kimberly on Monday, May 02, 2011 1:22 PM
That's a very interesting point. Although without the information of how many non-caucasion teachers apply for a job there, it is hard to tell. It may be on purpose, or it may be lack of applicants. Some people may not apply there, due to their own observation of having only white dance instructers. How many african american people do you see working in tanning salons? The concept may be similar. Good point though!
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kimberly on Monday, May 02, 2011 1:26 PM
ps-Actually, the same seems to apply true for the private golf many non caucasian pros and members are there? From what I have seen, not a whole lot.

Andrea on Monday, May 02, 2011 2:31 PM
There are a number of different reasons why we don't see more of a diversity in instructors. Location, expense and culture are all possible reasons. LA or NYC probably has a larger percentage of non-White instructors simply because there is more diversity in those cities than CT. Ballroom dancing is not cheap and could be considered a luxury. I'm not saying that all minorities are lower in social economic status because that's just not true. However, looking at these groups as a whole they may not have the extra money to spend on such activities, which could correlate to a lower number of non-White instructors. Lastly, I think of ballroom dance stemming from European culture, especially Eastern Europe, which has a largely White population. While Latinos value their dances, they may place less emphasis on the correct teaching of it. To me it seems like something you naturally feel and isn't as rigid in style and technique as the standard dances. And when it comes to African Americans, the general dance style is hip hop, break dancing or modern dance. It's just not as common to for African Americans to be trained in the ballroom style. The same arguments can be used for why we don't see more Asian American or Indian instructors. As time goes on, cultures will continue to mesh together and we will hopefully see an increase in culturally diverse instructors.
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Lynn on Sunday, November 18, 2012 6:35 PM
Why make something out of nothing? If cients don't like the instructors, they won't go back. Studios can only retain instructors who can keep clients coming back for more. There is not a large African and Latino poulation in Connecticut in general. Maybe they should move to New York or New Jersey if they wants more diversity.
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