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The Dance Teacher Secret: The Key to Moving Forward Is in Your Hands!


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Dance Teachers

As a dance teacher, where you are today and where you will be a year from now is all about your thought process and how you act upon those thoughts. Recall how you felt when you first started to teach—do you remember? If it has been a while, think back. Think of your dreams, aspirations, goals and more! Now fast-forward to where you are today.

How has it worked out for you?

If you are not where you want to be, you can change it—if you want to. You can improve it—if you want to. Believe me, I had plenty of setbacks. I could easily have retreated after the first setback, but I did not. If you persevere, you will keep finding new people who will help you along the way. Has that happened to you? If not, keep looking! Tell everyone you meet about your passion for teaching dance. The right people will be drawn to you. The right employers, fellow teachers and business opportunities will come your way—when you have your mind in the right place. Think not? Then don’t be surprised when you get more of what you are already receiving!

Here are some BIG questions to ask yourself:

Do you believe in yourself as a dance teacher?

Are you the best you can be?

Are you frustrated and feel like you are stuck?

Are you happy with how you teach and what you are giving your students?

It’s ok if everything is not perfect. However, most of us have areas that we need to evaluate and analyze so that we can decide how to make the changes to improve our lives and become better dance teachers.

First, you need to have the right mindset. When you focus on all of the good things that you are creating, you will see the good and how to attract more of it into your life. Instead of focusing on the bad, focus on the excitement you felt when you first started teaching dance. The newness you savored, the uncertainty, the thrill of it all, and how your dreams and goals were right in front of you for the taking. If you have been teaching for a while, you will want to block out the negativity that can so easily cloud your thoughts—if you haven’t made that conscious effort already to guard against these thoughts. You must work at this. Try it for a month, then for two, then for six and then make it a lifetime habit.

Keep in mind that the thoughts you focus on will determine who you are! If you think about how this employer or student did you wrong, you may well become bitter. If you think about how horribly the studio owner treats you, you may grow disillusioned. On the other hand, if you think about how wonderfully lucky you are to be a dance teacher you will see all that is good. This keeps you in a good place mentally. Look, not everything will be perfect all the time. What is in life?

After personally being a dance teacher for more than 30 years, I can tell you this: I remember the good—and not so good—times with gratitude for the lessons learned! Stay true to yourself, and you will attract what you seek.

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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