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Dance Educator Mantra: Finding Joy in the Journey!




Dance Teachers

Every dance season is filled with peaks and valleys!

Think about that for a moment and really let that sink in. At this very moment you may be going through a crisis at your studio. And no matter how bad it feels or truly is, you will get through it!

How do I know? Because you always have and always will.

When it rains the sun will eventually come out. You know that, but sometimes when we are in the storm it is hard to see the light that is out ahead of us.

We also know it’s not all doom and gloom!

Here’s a thought, really take time to rejoice and celebrate all of the good that goes on in your studio. After running a dance school for 36 years, looking back there have been so many great moments. Don’t miss out on enjoying all of those great and inspiring occasions that take place. Sometimes we can brush past those to quickly. So hang on to those moments for as long as you can.

Let’s face it, all those great times should take up as much of your time as any other situation that happens at your studio.

Let’s create a plan for good times!

Not everything that happens at your studio is by accident. You can and must find ways for good things to come your way. The energy and atmosphere at your studio are created by you. Read that one a few times. Setting the right example and charting the course if part of the studio owners responsibly. You are after all the leader of the pack.

Here's How to Find Joy in Your Journey!

Here is a little project I would like for you to try…

Write on top of a piece of paper… If not now, when?

Now make a list of the things you would like to achieve this year. Now next to each of those topics write at least 3 bullet points of what action you can take to get it done. Then next to those action plans write a date that you want to start.

Now proceed!

Try out the” If not now, when?” mentality at your studio and see how it works for you. Let’s get things moving in the right direction and make this your best year ever!

Here’s to your success!


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Steve Sirico

Steve Sirico

Steve is co-founder of Dance Teacher Web the number one online resource for dance teachers and studio owners worldwide.He is Co-Director of the very successful D'Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Center in Fairfield, CT for the past thirty plus years. His students have gone on to very successful careers in dance, music and theater. Originally from Norwalk, Ct, Steve excelled in track and football. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin on a sports scholarship. Deciding to switch and make his career in the world of dance, he studied initially with Mikki Williams and then in New York with Charles Kelley and Frank Hatchett. He has appeared in a number of theatre productions such as Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls and Mame in New York and around the country and in industrials and television shows. He was contracted to appear as the lead dancer in the Valerie Peters Special a television show filmed in Tampa, Florida. After meeting Angela DValda during the filming they formed the Adagio act of DValda & Sirico appearing in theatres, clubs and on television shows such as David Letterman, Star Search and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In 1982 they were contracted to Europe and appeared in a variety of shows in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Italy before going to London, England where they appeared as Guest Artists for Wayne Sleep (formerly of the Royal Ballet) in his show Dash at the Dominium Theatre. Author of his Jazz Dance syllabus and co-author of a Partner syllabus both of which are used for teacher training by Dance Educators of America, He has also co-authored two books one for dance teachers and one for studio owners in the "It's Your Turn" Book series. He is available for master classes, private business consulting and teacher training development

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