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Thursday, November 12, 2015

My New Blog

As you all probably notice, I am spending less time posting on this site and more time posting on another site I am in the process of building.

I have decided to rather spend more of my time on a self hosted website, as I have had bad experiences in the past with my free websites being closed down - reasons unknown.

If you need to find out more about Ballet Dancing, you can visit my latest website at http://dancersforum.com

I keep adding to this website weekly, so you will find a wealth of information that will hopefully soon match this website.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

How To Deal With Problem Teenagers In Your Dance Studio

We all have problems with cheeky and disrespectful teenagers, and according to a lot of dance teachers, the problem is getting worse and worse.  It can be very intimidating for a young teacher just starting out especially, and here are a few tips on how to handle these teenagers or situations.
As a teacher, you need to make sure that respect is a part of your studio.  If you do have a problem with a pupil you need to address the issue before it gets out of hand.  
Set up a parent teacher conference, and preferably have another staff member with you at the meeting.  Have somebody take notes and try and determine together what solution can be reached and whether or not the student is willing to participate on your terms or leave the studio.
You need to hold your pupils accountable for their behavior, and you need to let your students know what sort of behavior is not tolerated in your studio, for example bullying, cheek, etc.  If you address the issues right away, you can prevent  the issue from having a negative impact on the rest of your studio.
A good idea is to state what sort of consequences will be dealt out for certain behavior in writing when a student joins your dance studio.  Also state what type of behavior would result in dismissal from your classes and be prepared to follow through and set an example.
Try not to let your fear of losing your students stop you from doing what is best for your business.  It is best to work through any problems with your students, so that know where they stand, and you in turn can create a more peaceful environment.
If a student decides to leave or is dismissed by you, be prepared, as they often post negative remarks or comments on social media.  You should have a professional statement from the studio regarding any of the actions that you have taken.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Burnt Out Dance Teachers

"A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity, a positive thinker sees an opportunity in every difficulty"
- C. G. Thomas

Most of us have a tendency to feel burned out and frustrated at certain times of the year, and it is the same with dance teachers.  The trick is to stay focused and positive 

Many factors can cause this, from feeling defeated and frustrated at not wining a competition, to stressing out over exams and competitions, to students being lazy and unmotivated, and their lack of enthusiasm will tend to rub off onto you.

Sometimes you get the feeling that you are putting everything into your students and your studio, and you are getting nothing in return, and all this energy expenditure leaves you little energy and time to spend with your family.

Sometimes you just need a few days off and a change of scenery to rectify the situation.  Remember your students negative moods and feelings also transfer onto you, and you need to keep yourself positive and upbeat, or your job could seem more like a nightmare.

Keeping yourself and your students motivated will help to uplift you, and the only way to do this in your studio is to have a goal to work towards, and when you have reached that goal, move onto something different and the next goal must never be to far away.  It takes conscious effort to keep your dancers focused on the bigger goals and the end purpose.  

Remember to take sufficient time out for yourself, eat healthily and get adequate sleep and this will go a long way to keeping your physical and your emotional side in sync.

Remember that you as the dance teacher are meant to be a positive source of inspiration for your students and parents.