I live in the US and was at a dance studio holiday party on Friday night. I noticed that several student tipped (like you would a Maitre D')the owner of the studio before leaving. Is this customary? If so, what is a normal tip?
I don't think tipping (especially a studio owner) is customary - I agree with elisedance, maybe the money was for something else. Or perhaps it was intended as a holiday present (which still seems odd... my dude's getting sweets). Was the party free to get into? Then it might make a little more sense - like if the owner paid out of his own pocket for food & booze.
Yep, never seen tips, but lots of Christmas presents. And I gave presents after our last competition as it was first comp after I came back from Kuwait, and they worked extremely hard to get me ready (and I probably drove them crazy during it. )
I can see how it could be insulting - as if personal attention is just a matter of payment (services rendered) when its so often a matter of caring (if you tip for caring you demean it into service for payment). But maybe some owners are not so bothered...
In my limited time ... I have never seen it or heard of it. (at any studio I have been too) We pay to go to the showcases and socials and lessons, comps, etc ... I do not think there is a real reason to add an "extra".
Sure, you never know. I purchased a rhythm costume from my instuctor a while back, and we agreed on 3 payments. Once a month after our lesson I give her cash. I suppose someone looking on could think that I am tipping her. Who knows what you saw.