What dance teachers (at least this one) think, feel, etc
If you look back at the brief history, you know we have moved. A LOT. Reasons varied, but mostly due to the building we were in not being maintained at all (flooding!) or leases running out/ broken and landlords having a better option with another client ready to pay more.
The real estate market in Salem has been making a comeback for a while. The building we just moved to in September (yes, just 7 months ago) has sold. The past owner had given us a lease, and said the new owner planned to honor it.
The new owner was apparently unaware of any leases tenants had. So a quick week of 14 hour days on the tenants part later, we are told to get out and find somewhere else!
The search did not go well. We cannot move mid season to a different area, or pay the NNN rates in the area companies are demanding. Most places would require us to double our tuition rates just to pay the rent! And then we found it. . . A space that logistically will be odd, but we can afford and is a little bigger than we have now.
THE NEW STUDIO. . . The building is closer to downtown, just two minutes away from our current location, better maintained, has a separate waiting room for parents, a BATHROOM IN THE MAIN STUDIO (yay potty breaks that don't take 15 minutes!) and a big support beam in the middle. Yup, a big ol' pole sticking up the middle of the dance floor. Inconvenient, I know. We do NOT plan to incorporate pole dance into our schedule, so keep those clever comments to yourselves all you funny readers :)
So after a week of PRAYERS, stress, strong coffee and a 5 lb weight gain (I didn't even have time to eat?!) we realized God had lead us here. Yes the support beam is inconvenient, but having a bathroom in the studio and not down a hall is AWESOME. Having more space for the office and lobby, great! A weird layout? We can make that work. God provided, I will not grumble and complain.
What I will say is how thankful I am for the spiritual support I have from my dance family, my bible study group and my husband. This studio has been through worse. The flood of last year, instructor and dancer injuries, recital venue changes at the last minute, there have been more than one teacher's share of tears.
But we are fighters! The love of dance I have is spread through the students and families, and we make it work.
The big point here is this. . . The room we dance in will never be as important as the people we dance with. I learned to love dance as a child in an old grange hall with splintering wood floors and boy scouts sharing the space with us. Still some of my best dance memories are there, and in old high school gyms waiting to perform.
The most important thing we have to move and carefully take with us is YOU. Our students are cherished, loved and valued. Students that didn't follow when we moved in September are still in my heart and prayers, and I hope to see them again (in class or out!)
So thank you all for your support and loyalty in a time that could be exhausting, but may be a blessing in disguise. If you are thinking "hmm, wonder if they need help moving?" the answer is YES. If you want to help load the truck and trailer, we would love the support! If you can't help with that, your prayers are always appreciated. God is good, all the time. We will rise above and keep growing, showing Salem area dancers why Valley Dance Academy is the place to learn to dance and grow as a person.
Having a happy heart in all things is so tiring, but in the end makes life so much more enjoyable. I hope that we can all embrace the move, no one is more disappointed than me but I know it will all work out for the glory of God.
So again, thank you dance family. You are all so amazing, and make a really difficult work situation easy to handle. Here is to a fresh location, a new start and brighter futures!