Positive Aspects

Though some students may never develop technical expertise, a good teacher will find other positive aspects of their behavior or training to praise them for, like commitment, perseverance, a can-do attitude, achieving a personal best, expressiveness, creativity, or a sense of humor. ~Rhee Gold

Expose Students

Competing should not be to beat anyone, but to expose students to the highest caliber of talent available. Do it to motivate them and to give them an appreciation for other dancers and schools. Only then can we produce the best dancers and teachers possible. ~Rhee Gold

Parents

I can tell you that many parents believe that their child is one of the best dancers. But most of them keep it to themselves to avoid being one of those stage moms or alienating the parents
of your child’s classmates. ~Rhee Gold

Overreacted

A school superintendent said something profound in his address cancelling school for the next 3 weeks. He said: In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little. ~ Unknown

Second Row

Look for and appreciate the little dancer in the second row that may not be as strong as the others—but boy, does she have the passion. Grab her by the hand, bring her to the front of the classroom, and make her day. It could be the moment that gives her the confidence to become you! ~Rhee Gold

Great Mentors

Her goal is to constantly place herself in the category of “unique” in the pool of dance schools in her area. She knows that being different is her way of staying on top, and her enrollment numbers reflect her philosophy. ~Rhee Gold

Stick to It

You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.~Merce Cunningham

Build Our Future

In most schools the preschool and recreational dancers are the foundation on which we build our future. For them learning their first “shuffle” or “pas de bourrée” is happiness. As teachers we need to know that dance brings joy to all who experience it. ~Rhee Gold

Simply Put

SIMPLY PUT
Some studio owners believe that they can re-create someone else’s success by doing what they do. It doesn’t work that way. Instead, they need to think creatively to establish programs that are unique to the characteristics
of their school. ~Rhee Gold

Same Language

Dance is the gift that we all share. It’s the bliss that pours from our souls when we are lost in the movement and the music. It’s the innate understanding that the human body and the emotions of life are what make our art. Whether or not we speak the same language  our souls speak clearly and in a way that we all understand. – Rhee Gold

Extended Family

WHY DANCE?
Young dancers develop healthy bodies, gain a sense of balance by managing their commitments to  dance and academics; work with mentors who are focused on the students’ success; enjoy friendships that will last a lifetime; and feel a sense of belonging to an extended family of fellow dancers, teachers, and parents. – Rhee Gold

Winding Road

I have discovered that there are quick roads to success, and then there are long, winding roads. A winding road takes a little longer, but the ride is so much nicer. And it gives me time to appreciate the knowledge that I’ve followed through with my mission. – Rhee Gold

Relatable

A talented 7-year-old can be 7 onstage; she can and should dance to relatable music with subject matter that the 7-year-old mind is mature enough to understand. It should not be the same music, subject matter, and costuming that you would use for a 17-year-old student. – Rhee Gold

No One Else

Sometimes we hang onto negative people because we think that we can help cheer them up, or we do it out of guilt. No one else can deal with them, so for whatever reason, we take them on.
Let it go, because people will not be happy unless they want to be. – Rhee Gold

No Regrets

NO REGRETS
As a kid I had a lot of dreams. First, I had my heart set on becoming a farmer; then, after a field trip to Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, a historian; and in high school, my passion for dance won out!
~Rhee Gold

Turn Off Dance

I meet so many dedicated dance people who are workaholics.
They never make the time to simply stop, to “turn off dance.”
Some feel guilty just thinking about it and others think they’ll fall behind.
Let it go – you deserve time to reinvigorate your dance (and personal) spirit.
~Rhee Gold

Thinking the Same Thing

Keep scrolling and believing that they’re happier. They’re looking at you thinking the same thing.
~Rhee Gold