This past week, an article entitled The Cost of Dance by Jeff L. from the Dance Dad Gourmet Blog went viral. I read it and thought it was great, but the true power of the article’s content really clicked last night when I held our annual Competition Team Parent Meeting.
As a former competitive dancer, I realize the positive influence the experience had on my life (in and out of the dance studio). As a studio owner and instructor, I see the impact the experience is having on many of my students’ lives. And, as a part of this industry, we have an ultimate responsibility to safeguard the process of providing positive, nurturing experiences that will positively benefit our students in dance and in life. How are we making an impact? How can we improve the industry?
I love the anecdotes in the article about the daughter’s confidence blossoming. I have heard many stories from many parents about endless cartwheels in Disney World, dance parties in restaurants, and neighborhood dance competitions (I mean, who doesn’t love a good battement in the grocery store aisle?). I see that liveliness in my students, and it excites me for their future and their progress. I love when the love of dance spreads, especially when it is presented in such a sensible and somewhat measurable manner.
Read the article and share it with your parents. Let’s keep the conversation going and let’s continue providing amazingly worthwhile and impacting experiences for our dance students.