Tipping ($$) your dance instructor?

#62
Well, if I can take that seriously (because there is a serious element) it depends really on you - how much you dare act as a customer and not an acolyte... the difference is recognizing that you really do have a fee-for-service. Of course, if you are going to a 'top teacher' and they are sold out then it becomes a sellers market and s/he can do as s/he likes - but they run the danger of loosing students in the long term if and when a new 'top teacher' comes along.
 

Joe

Well-Known Member
#63
Do you tip your dental hygenist? A shop clerk? Or the umpteen other people who provide you service as part of their jobs? How do you indicate good or bad service there? Its the same in europe - you either say something or you don't go back (or both).
I was simply attempting to discern the difference between the way wait staff are compensated between the US and Europe. Your dental hygenist in the US and shop clerk are paid a wage that is at least the minimum wage. Wait staff are only obligated to be paid $2.13 per hour in the US.
 

etp777

Active Member
#65
Not sure if it's 2.13, but wait staff definitely makes less than minimum wage. Because of fact tips are expected in our society.
 
#66
Ah, in which case please ignore what I wrote :roll: As mentioned by others, waiters get a working wage in Europe - indeed really here that its a bit odd: A company hires staff but expect its customers to pay them on top of paying for the product. The question really is why are restaurants so different?
 
#67
It wasn't a paying issue at all SK - but a time one. I was jealous of the post-comp time that I could spend alone with pro that now I had to share...
Didn't take it that way---just talking about my situation. Any chance to take him out for coffee before or after your first lesson after the comp.?
 
#68
Its an idea, but its not the same as doing it there. Looks like there may be only two students going to the next one - and the other one is more private so it won't be an issue. I'll find some way round - probably by going off-site (the comp hotel) and thereby whisking him away :)
 

latingal

Well-Known Member
#69
Well, if I can take that seriously (because there is a serious element) it depends really on you
*grin* wasn't really being serious...it always depends on the specific situation and the teacher and students.

I just happen to be in a situation currently with teachers with many demands on their time and big student bases.
 

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