The most upsetting thing in all of this isn't the dance teacher, although she is a bitch to th nth degree. My problem is with the mothers who have deluded themselves into believing that the degradation of their daughters is a necessary trade-off for their own personal failures and shortcomings. I understand wanting success for your children, but not at the expense of their mental/physical well-being. And in-fighting among the mothers perpetuates all of this. The mother of the child who is the "best" has a tilted view of the world, really believing that her kid is "better" than the others. And the mothers clamoring for their kids to be in that position is sick.