What dance teachers (at least this one) think, feel, etc
Working with kids means that Fall to teachers is like New Year's to everyone else. Fresh year, new season, a changing group of kiddos (and hopefully lots of familiar faces!) There is a sense of excitement, change and planning in the air. So here is a post all about the fresh start for me, the studio and the dancers this coming year!
Goals, thoughts and wanderings. . .
Clear goal #1 is GROWTH! We have been in recovery mode from 2 moves in one year. The testing of strength and dedication to just keeping the studio afloat through all of this has come to a close with recital. Now focus can be shifted from surviving to thriving! So adding in a competition team, new students, new classes and new teachers is the biggest priority. I cannot wait to see us expand and meet our potential! know any friends you can refer to join a class. . . :) ?
Clear Goal #2. Get more connected in the dance community. I will take more classes from dance masters, go to costume shows, network (eew, networking), teach as a guest for other teams/ studios, bring in guest teachers, all in all just be a more active member of this dance world! There is so much out there to learn and grow from and I want to gain experience to bring back to my students (and share my knowledge with other studios too!)
Clear Goal #3. Get a yearly schedule up with all dates. For the whole season. This is the most ambitious and crazy idea so far. But getting a calendar on the wall with all major events and practices up in the Fall would save my dance parents so much headache later when they have to juggle events with other activities. So being the most organized and well planned activity out there is my goal!
Clear Goal #4. Bring on the FUN! Once a month I hope to have a fun event going on to bond us all closer as a dance family and less as a group of dancers that have a studio in common. Slumber parties, parents dances, movie nights, bring daddy (or mom) to dance day (this is going to be hilarious!) and more.
Less clear goal #5. Make the studio more inviting, somewhere we all want to be all the time! Decorating, adding in things like birthday greetings for the month, photobooks and canvases of our dancers, etc. Just making the atmosphere one that resembles who we are as a studio, so you just know when you walk in!
Thought. Changing our client software. The backend of the studio is now fairly easy to run, but not user friendly for the dancers and parents. Is the hassle of learning a new system worth it?!
Thought. Selling snacks and water bottles. Worth it for the dancers to be able to have in studio? I don't know. Comment below!
Thought. Teach the students to encourage each other more. Be encouraged and more encouraging. Create an atmosphere of positivity and healthy competition. Work hard and be proud of the work put in! No excuses or complaining but rewards for great effort.
Thought. Studio gear. We need it. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, water bottles, stickers, temporary tattoos, our faces on bus benches. All of it.
Wanderings. . . We need more sparkle and light in our lives! My faith gives me that, dance gives me that, happy clients gives me that. This year I want to strive to spread the joy around the studio. No matter how burned out and crazy this year can make us, the smile on stage is the whole point. And loving dance class is what gets us there. So more sparkles.
Here is to a great new season and a fresh start! Bring it on