I share, because I want you to win.I recently had the opportunity to share my work with a studio owner in Canada. She is considering a “Fun and Games” themed show, she read that I had done one in 2019, and she reached out for inspiration. I sent her everything I could think of – my songs list, a few original cuts I had made, some crowd participation ideas, and more. She responded with the nicest note, overwhelmingly grateful that I would be willing to share so much with her.
I share, because I want her to win.
I want her to be inspired. Just maybe, because I was willing to share, her creativity will spark, she will make magic that brings joy to the hearts of her dancers, and she will create memories with the music, the choreo, and the fanfare just like I did.
I want her families to love her work. People are longing for the feels – the good, substantive, happy ones that reach down deep and warm the soul. If my sharing somehow influences her to craft an imaginative, wildly creative, fun show that stirs up all those feels, the families in her audience will experience real joy, too.
I want her business to grow. Successful show vibes can help keep dancers coming back. That surge of confidence from a positive stage experience, the thrill of being a part of something innovative and fun, the desire to “see what will happen next”…all help drive registration and preserve retention.
I want her to help me. Yep, I need help sometimes, too, and I think what the universe gives back to us is directly proportional to what we release into it. I often need encouragement, an ear to listen, a mentor. I need to know how to handle a parent issue, what to include in a marketing piece, or the best way to set up my summer program. If I am open to sharing, maybe she will feel that way, too.I have lived through being treated poorly by Suzie Q. Studio Owner, and I vowed to never be Suzie Q. We CAN all be good. We CAN all profit. We CAN all foster the love of dance in our students. I CAN share with you to help you achieve success.
We, as dance teachers, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY to build each other up, lend a hand, and be a source of encouragement. This is much less about me sharing but all about US sharing with each other, so the dance studio business is viewed as one of positivity, professionalism, and community.
I share, because I want you to win. I want US to win.
Special thanks to fellow members of the Gold Alliance and I.D.E.A. for helping ME. I am inspired by you every, single day, and I hope I can give back, help other studio owners and teachers, and be a source of encouragement for others just like you are to me.
Amanda Herring LOVES her job! Owner of Center Stage Dance in Hernando, MS, she is passionate about sharing the love of dance while inspiring and encouraging everyone who walks through her door. She loves BIG and has a heart for new dancers joining a class for the first time. She takes pride in offering stellar service to dance families and specializes in efficiency, organization, fair policies, and strong communication. Her shows are HUGE with plenty of lights, effects, and stagecraft. Amanda wants her students to feel like they are a part of something big, and it is always her goal to bring more to class and to the stage than her audience is expecting.