The Dancing School, is grim but with no elements of tragedy at all. It is a tale of ultimate justice having been done, largely administered by the rod and the whip, and with sensual overtones to ever blow. One is gratified to see the vicious Laura and even more vicious Cynthia receive their comeuppance at the hands of their former victims -- though the awakening of the latent sadism in these victims is fraught with danger, for where do these excesses lead? Down the same path Laura and Cynthia trod... and with probably the same results. We hope not to meet these people on the street on a dark night.