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A Letter to my Young Dance Teacher Self

Dear Andrea, Congratulations on your first job as a dance teacher! You love dance and you love kids so this seems like an easy gig at 16 years old. Buckle up, Ann… This will be your life’s work. Every class you teach will be an opportunity to change lives. For some kids… … you will be the only bright light of their day. Be the light.  …you will be the only space they feel safe. Create a safe space.  …you will be the only person in their life that speaks to them with respect and kindness. Never forget that your…

5 Promises to Make to Yourself Today

Rhee Gold’s DanceLife Blog My dance season begins next Monday, September 13th. I will get to work around 1:00 pm and not leave the studio until nearly 10:00 pm most nights. I will spend too much time on my computer, rarely miss a morning Zoom meeting, and feel compelled to work on weekends. I’ll run through a drive-thru for fast food on the way to the studio, because it’s quick. Does this sound familiar? Music, routines, parent issues, accounts, quarantines, building maintenance, keeping my teachers happy, recital planning – my brain will swirl with dance-related everything for the next nine…

Frustrated & Tired? This is for You!

Rhee Gold’s DanceLife Blog Frustrated and tired?  This is for you. You’re over it.  You are frustrated, tired of trying to please people, and lost on what to do next.  Finances are a mess.  A staff member just had a meltdown.  Two moms complained last week about some utter nonsense.  From quarantines to masks debates, COVID-related issues remain.  Ballet shoes are backordered.  And time just won’t slow down. I get it.  I really do.  I’m here to tell you that countless studio owners have felt (or currently feels!) just like you.  You are not alone, and I want offer you…

Fear: Choose, Trust, Insist

 Fear is a b*tch. Should I implement rollover registration?  I’m scared of the pushback.  What will happen if I raise my rates next season?  I’m afraid people might leave.  How can I possibly ask that problem parent to leave?  I am concerned that she might drag me through the dirt on social media.  Can I make a second studio work? I am frightened by even the possibility that it could fail. I consider myself pretty fearless, and I give a mean pep talk. But I’m scared. I’m scared every, single day. I’m afraid I’ll be judged. I worry that “they”…

You Deserve to Make a Profit

I have a chip on my shoulder.  I think, in today’s language, that means I have a trigger.  And based on some of the posts I’ve seen lately, I’m willing to bet some of you have the same one. “It must be nice.” At my very first DanceLife Teacher Conference, my chip was exposed right there in the Phoenician hotel ballroom, and admittedly, I was triggered.  Rhee Gold stood on that platform and told me I deserved to make a profit.  You know…extra money beyond expenses that I could keep for myself.  I was unnerved.  “You can’t hide money.” Rhee…

Walking the Tightrope

I’m taking this personally.  And that’s ok. Last weekend, I managed to pull off (finally!) six 2-hour shows following a pretty intense week of stage rehearsals and that, of course, after countless days and weeks of preparations.  My poor feet and 45-year-old back are still salty about the whole thing, and a few unexplained bruises still linger on my legs.  The gel-shellacked nails I had worked so hard for were all lost in the literal and proverbial shuffle, and my purple hair seriously needs to be refreshed.  But hey…I did it! My heart, though.  It hurts the most. This season,…