Your Dancer: A Teacher’s Perspective

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Hard to believe this post was originally shared back in April of 2013 but it is worth repeating.


Last week on Facebook, Jump Dance Convention shared “10 Things Your Dance Teacher Might Not Tell You, But You Really Need To Know”.  It is such a great read.  It is a wonderful reminder to never assume: their job is easy, so and so is the favorite because of XYZ, they don’t have goals for every dancer in the room, etc. They want nothing more than to fuel each dancer’s passion and share their life and the love of dance.  Enjoy!


  1. She wants all of her students to succeed, regardless of who they are or how they look. This reflects well on the teacher, the students, and the studio as a whole.
  2. You will never know how hard she works outside of the studio. Research, training, choreography, music editing, costuming, paper work, etc. There are hours of work that you never see.
  3. The greatest gift you can give her is to say thank you and tell them what you’ve been able to learn in class.  
  4. A student being sore or tired, means he/she has been trying hard and has done a great job.
  5. Hours of work go into all of that choreography and classes. Not just anyone can do the job.
  6. Very few things are as gratifying as a student reaching a personal goal.
  7. The best students are never the ones who have a perfect dance body or have been there the longest. They are the ones who are respectful, work the hardest, and apply corrections.
  8. A dance education is more than just steps. When your teacher shares their life experiences, take it in and know that it is for your benefit and is a crucial part of your total education.
  9. A teacher’s biggest fear is not bad choreography or small classes, but failing the passion of the art. We never wish to cause a child to fall out of love with dance.
  10. She will remember you 10 years after you have graduated out of her dance program and will want to know what is going on in your life. She will always consider you part of her “dance” family.

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  1. Thank you for this post! Numbers 9 and 10 are exactly how I feel about all of my students!

    1. Thank you for the comment! I love number 10. It is so sweet! Number 9 is so important because I think sometimes dance parents whose children are involved in dance competitions, tend to forget that. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and to forget why everyone is here in the first place – because they love to dance and want to share that passion. Glad you stopped by.

  2. Aventuradance says:

    Great article. I really feel number 7,9 and 10 of my students.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Love your choices!

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