Part One: What to Look for in a Good Dance Studio
So, you’ve decided to get into dancing, great! Now you may be wondering where to start or how to find a high-quality dance studio in your area. In this three-part series, I’m going to talk about what qualities you should be looking for during your search for a good dance studio. In this first post, let’s talk about the DanceCraft difference and avoiding studios who are too dependent on syllabi.
DanceCraft-Not your Typical “Ballroom” Dance Studio
Three years ago, Traci and I created a dance relationship to eventually open a dance studio. We had the intention of breaking the mold of partner dance instruction in the Gulf Coast Region. However, we felt there was something missing from the typical dance studio and we wanted to be that missing piece. We wanted to have the qualities that people search for when looking for a good dance studio. There is a formula most ballroom studios follow that we felt left a lot to be desired. We needed to make enough of a profit to live a reasonably comfortable lifestyle (a no-brainer for any entrepreneur, right?). Although, we didn’t want to make it about the money. Rather, we wanted to make it about the people we serve. Our goal was (and still is) to provide the highest quality instruction possible at a price that is accessible to most people.By achieving that, we would eventually grow our business to a point where we could survive as a family. We created our studio over two-and-a-half years of very hard work, based on the concept of “Servant Leadership”. Servant Leadership means providing the very best value to people we have grown to lovingly call our dance family.
We knew we wanted to be different and that’s exactly what we became. Through hard work and determination, we are proud of what we have achieved in such a short amount of time. In this three part blog series, I will continue to discuss the qualities to look for in a good dance studio. Read on to learn more!
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Avoiding the Syllabus Trap
Most ballroom studios use a syllabized approach to teaching. While having a curriculum is good, becoming overly dependent on a syllabus won’t produce true results. We have had many students come to us after spending thousands of dollars on instruction at other ballroom studios. Come to find out, they knew very little about leading and/or following on the dance floor. Many people learn patterns in dance them well with their instructor. But let’s be clear…this in no way means they can lead or follow patterns “in the wild” while social dancing.
Many dancers get an inaccurately inflated sense of their own abilities when learning within a strictly syllabized approach. When dancing with a pro, all feels fabulous. When dancing with the same people, patterns and environment, it’s easy to feel like you are doing well. What happens when you take those dancers out of that microcosm of dance? Or they venture into the wide world of dancing (or a studio across town) and experience a serious reality check? Well, one of two things happen:
- Dancers will quickly run back to their microcosm where things are familiar and comfortable, or…
- Dancers realize there is more to dance than the patterns they see in a syllabus and they hunger for more… so they start looking for it!
At DanceCraft, we have developed a curriculum based on studies and experience that we follow. We have dedicated ourselves to teach students how to be great LEADERS and FOLLOWERS while dancing in a SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT. In doing so, we have developed dancers who have a clear measure of their own abilities, who are always looking for ways to improve, and who truly enjoy and appreciate dancing with a variety of people. It has yielded a social dynamic we are truly proud of! What we teach at DanceCraft is a radically different skill-set than memorizing patterns. When looking for a good dance studio, look for those who aren’t so dependent on a syllabus in order to truly learn how to dance with anyone.
Keep an eye out for my next post in the series, Part Two: What to Look for in a Good Dance Studio-Social Dancing. Thanks for reading!
“Live Well. Dance Often”