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Dance Centre discriminates against daughter

August 17, 2012
The Alpena News

I am writing regarding an area business and their discrimination against my seven year old child.

Last fall, My daughter's step mother signed her up for classes at The Dance Centre of Alpena, where her own daughter has attended for a number of years. Each week, class went by without incident and it was clear that my daughter had found an activity she loved - and was very good at.

As the recital neared in June, it was brought to my attention by other parents that the owner of The Dance Centre was requesting I exclude myself from the rehearsal and recital because a fellow student's mother has an issue with my presence. Not willing to miss out on those special moments, I attended these events with my daughter and family anyway, again without incident.

Following the recital, my child's father said he would take care of signing her back up for the coming year. I've recently learned that while all the other kids have received their renewal paperwork, my innocent child has not and is being denied the opportunity to participate at The Dance Centre anymore. It is beyond unfair that a child has to suffer for another's unsubstantiated hostility against their parent. Nothing has ever happened to warrant her removal from the dance program. Am I to understand that this is the example The Dance Centre chooses to set and my children are better off not attending anyway?

Tara Roe

Hubbard Lake



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