As dancers, we’re very particular about almost everything in our lives. We know exactly where to place our ribbons on our pointe shoes, we buy the same pair of shorts in 12 different colors because they’re “our” shorts, and we can put our hair up in a bun with just four bobby pins in 12 seconds.
Needless to say, we know our stuff.
But sometimes, big decisions and dilemmas come our way—ones that aren’t as easy as “French twist or ponytail?”
“Should I switch studios?”
When you’re very young, you go to whichever studio your parents decide is best. Whether it’s closest to home or offers the best bang for their buck, the studio you start out at doesn’t necessarily have to be the one from which you graduate.
While we don’t advocate studio hopping—it’s important to have a home base and to train intensely with a set of teachers who can get to know you and help you grow, improve, and reach your full potential—you should absolutely make sure you’re at the studio that’s right for you.
Before making the move, first ask yourself why you want to leave. Have you outgrown it? Is it because you don’t have friends there? Are you more advanced than what the studio can accommodate for? Is it too expensive? Too competitive? Not competitive enough?
Or is there another specific studio you’re interested in? Maybe you’ve seen them at competition and you’re dying to be on their team.
The biggest thing to consider before switching studios is of course your motivation. Your “why.”
The next thing to consider is logistics. How will a different studio affect your commute, your (and your family’s) expenses, etc.?
Ultimately, you need to be happy. You need to be where you’ll be happy and fulfilled and where you’ll be able to dance and perform to your full potential.
Remember, openness and honesty are so important. It can’t hurt to talk to your current teacher and let her know you’re thinking about leaving. She may offer up extra lessons if you’re seeking an additional challenge, or maybe she can work out something with a work-study program if finances are your concern.