So, am I the first DF-er to be slammed by the economic melt-down? I was laid off from my job last week. The company is facing big budget cuts next year and my job was a newly created position when I took it earlier this year. It was handled pretty badly--just 3 days' notice, and right before the holidays when that wasn't really necessary for the company financially, just convenient for them. Not to mention the barely veiled threats when I protested the timing: "We had hoped we could speak well of you when this process was over." I'm over the shock now, but still facing a very tough situation. I may have to move to another state to mooch off family til I find another job, which I don't expect to be easy right now. Hitherto unrecognized benefit of dance lesson contracts: having some paid-for lessons on the books so you don't have to abandon lessons at the same moment the rest of your life implodes.