I go to a dance studio and all my friends are there. I have been dancing there for 10 years, and I know everyone who goes there. But I feel like I’m not getting pushed and I feel like we aren’t the best team in our community. It turns out that there is a studio that is really good and they do very well at competitions. I know some of the girls from there and they are nice. The studio is very professional and they hook you up with a talent agency if you want, and they prepare you for the real dance world. I don’t know what to do! I fell like I’m stuck between leaving me dance family that I have known for 10 years or get ready for real dancing and getting ready for a real dance career.
This is a super tough call, and we totally get why you’re torn. And while we’re huge fans of the ol’ pro and con list, the biggest thing for you to consider is what your ultimate dance goals are.
If you just want to enjoy dancing throughout high school before going on to college to pursue something non-dance-related, then you may want to stay at your current studio with your friends, where you know you’ll have fun and enjoy going to the studio each day.
But if you dream about going pro or pursuing a career in the dance industry — whether it’s as a company member, a Broadway performer, or even a dance writer or stage manager — it sounds like the other studio could be a promising fit. Even if you just want to push yourself as a dancer, which is sounds like you do, making the studio move might be in your best interest.
Of course there are other factors to consider, too. How far away is the studio? Is it a reasonable commute from school and home? Are your parents supportive of your decision? Is the studio currently accepting new students?
If you do decide to leave your current studio, make sure to do so on good terms. Be grateful for the years you’ve spent and consider writing your teachers thank you notes to tell them how much you’ve appreciated them over the years. And tell your dance friends in person — don’t wait for them to find out on Instagram! — and make sure they know that your friendship is super important to them, and that you don’t want to lose that just because you’re at another studio. (And chances are you won’t — friendships go beyond the studio walls, after all.)