We have drama at our dance studio.
Maybe not the Lifetime network level of drama but we have the par-for-the-course level of intensity that comes with having multiple dance teams. For many, many years we avoided the ‘scene.’ We actually thought that by not having a competitive dance program we’d have fewer “dance moms” and diva syndrome. It turns out we were wrong!
As long as a studio is serving parents, their children, and all their expectations, dance drama happens.
Competition will test you, though.
You’ll occasionally sigh an internal, “why-do-I-do-this?” when you have a program for dancers who are on the competitive track.
The good news is that those “can-you-believe-this-mother?” moments and the “shake-your-head” problems with students you have to solve are great opportunities to make positive improvements to your studio.
We’ve come to love participating in dance competitions and the positive impact it’s had on our business. If you’re struggling with drama at your studio, I want to help you find the silver lining.
#1. Drama proves that teamwork is essential for staff, too.
Parents naturally want their children to be successful and happy. There are some, though, who will do anything for their children, including asking you to bend your rules or make an exception for them. The ones that always get our emotions running high are the parents who give us the “I’m-paying-for-this-so-I-should-get-what-I-want” attitude. Cue the drama.
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