As much I love recital season there is a part of me that also dreads it. Every year I tell myself I am not going to obsess over my recital dances. And every year all I think about is how messy the dance is and how bad it’s going to look on stage. And recently these thoughts have really put me in a rotten mood when I teach.
But I’ve had a change of heart thanks to one of my studio employers. Her advice: Focus on the positive instead of the negative. She made me realize that I rarely say anything encouraging to my dancers now-a-days because I am constantly knit picking. I never wanted to be that type of teacher so I knew this had to stop now.
It’s amazing what a few words can do to your teaching morale. This week, instead of focusing on the bent knees and half-pointed toes, I focused on my dancers growth both skill wise and personality wise. I also tried to give more positive critiques. By doing this, I was much happier during class and not surprisingly so were my dancers. I also took a few minutes in each class to acknowledge the kids hard work and let them know how proud I am. We all left class feeling good.
As busy teachers and studio owners sometimes we get so caught up in studio politics and recital drama that we forget about the bigger picture. I know I do. So when you start to feel things spiraling out of control take a moment and remind yourself why you love what you do.
Then take a deep breath, count to 8 and get back into the studio.