Changing to a new studio is a HUGE decision. Many dancers think of their studio as their home, so leaving can be really tough. But sometimes we need to leave home in order to grow. So how do you know when it’s time to move on? This year my family and I asked ourselves that question and it was not easy finding an answer. It took a lot of time and thinking to come to a conclusion that I was very happy with. Here are some of the things that I did to help me decide
My mom was the first one to ask the question and I just assumed that I was not actually going to do it because she has asks me that question every year and I always say that I’m happy where I am. But then I started thinking about what’s most important to me in dance and that’s when I realized that there were things I wanted that I could not get at my current studio. One example is that tap is my favorite style of dance and my studio is not as focused on it as I wanted to be.
Once I started to seriously consider the possibility of making a change, we did research on studios near us and found one that is amazing at tap. We visited the studio and explained that I was already on team at another studio but that I was interested in their tap program and wanted to at least take some summer classes to build my skills. We asked questions, got all of the details on their competition team, and got a good idea of the type of place it was. We also watched their teams at competition to get better idea of their style.
When it came time to really decide, I wrote a pros and cons list so that I could see my thoughts on paper and organize what was in my head. When I read my list I realized that most of the pros for the new studio were things related to becoming a stronger dancer while most of the pros for my current studio were about friends and feeling comfortable. I also found that there were more things that weren’t right for me at my current studio than I thought. The only real con for the new studio was that I was scared.
After writing my pros and cons list I was pretty sure that I was going to make the move. But I was still scared to make it official, so I decided to write two essays. One about why I should stay at my studio and one about why I should go. They helped me see that I was going to be better off moving and that only things holding me back was the comfort of my old studio and my fear.
So I decided to try something new and move to a new studio. After my first class, I knew I had made the right decision! So if you’re thinking about trying something new, I know it’s scary, but if you can ask yourself what you really want and think it through, you will come to the right decision for you.