As some of you know, I attended the grand opening of Toledo Ballroom in Sylvania, OH on Saturday, which resulted in the owner/operator Kent Lautzenheiser sending me an email Sunday, stating that I think that it's in the best interest of our students, our staff, and the studio that you no longer attend our events and parties at Toledo Ballroom. I wrote about it here, Thrown Out of the Bar - Or Ballroom. I've been out of town for the past few days, and haven't had time to deliver a considered response.
Since then I've had a lot of support from my friends, expressing their surprise, shock and outrage at Kent's unwarranted action. I'm also given to understand that I'm not the only one Kent has treated this way, which in hindsight is not really surprising.
First of all, I thank all my friends for their support. Their opinions, advice, and kind words mean a great deal, and are a real blessing to me. Thank all of you very much for your support.
As for the insufferable Kent Lautzenheiser, I refuse to allow him to rent space in my head. The man could have come to me in person, but instead he sent me an email message. That labels him a coward. Then there's the fact that he invited me to his grand opening, welcomed me in person, and thanked me for coming. That makes him duplicitous, to put it politely.
I suppose I could continue this diatribe, but instead I'll be satisfied to give him the same treatment a dog gives a fire hydrant. Kent Lautzenheiser is his own worst enemy. His aberrant behavior will eventually catch up to him, and he'll go bankrupt and quietly fade away.
My only real concern is that Kent will treat others the same way he treated me. When that happens, I hope the victim will know that he (or she) is in good company, and won't waste time or energy feeling rejected. Instead, give Kent the same treatment I'm giving him.
My other concern is that I wouldn't want anyone to think that I'm the sort of person who would just stop showing up at a regular venue without so much as a see-you-later. I'm not, and I shall miss seeing all of you very much. I'm in the process of moving to Columbus, Ohio, where I've been assured I'll be made welcome at the studios and dance clubs there.
Naturally, I don't recommend Toledo Ballroom to my friends or family. There are several alternatives which offer quality dance instruction and a more congenial atmosphere:
The Dance Clinic
The Dance Clinic on Facebook
10 South Holland Sylvania Rd
Toledo, Ohio 43615
(Hill Ave in the Martin School Bld, Top Floor)
Matt Miller, owner/operator
Paulette's Studio of Dance
Paulette's Studio of Dance on Facebook
4853 Monroe Street, Building B
Toledo, OH 43623
The Ballroom Company
The Ballroom Company on Facebook
2319 Detroit Ave
Gil Aromas, owner/operator
Alfredo's Studio of Dance
Alfredo's Studio of Dance on Facebook
5224 Renwyck Dr
Alfredo Horna, owner/operator
I've know all these people for years, some for more years than either of us care to remember, and all offer good quality instruction at a reasonable price.