Tiredness

Tiredness

Being tired can have a massive effect on you.

Getting the right amount of sleep, hydration, eating right, looking after ourselves.

 

How many of us teachers actually warm up before teaching a class?

How many of us have a break between a large number of classes?

How many of us actually stop and eat between the hours of 4 and 9.30?

 

I would quite easily say maybe 20% if that!

 

It is so easy to neglect ourselves, as a mum, I find it even harder!  Warm up before class – no chance, I just make it after the school run! Break between classes – NO cause then I would have to pay the hall for me to have a break! Eat between those hours – NO, because if I am not teaching I am dealing with parents.

 

You can help yourself in other ways though.

 

When you do get home, put those boundaries in place; turn off the electronic devices, especially the phone.  Relax and get to bed!  It is a well-known fact that sleep helps you function better!

 

Water – plenty of it!  The body cannot survive on caffeine alone!

 

Tiredness – listen to your body! You know it so well (cue song!) Your livelihood relies on your good health. So help it!

 

Get regular treatment, prevention is better than cure.  A regular bi-monthly massage would help the longativity of your teaching career.

 

So please – take it from someone who has taken her body for granted and now is paying the price!  Listen to it!!!!

 

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Show time stress, stress and MORE STRESS!!

Show time stress, stress and MORE STRESS!!

There are many stresses that build in the lead up to a show and each rehearsal seems to add more to the to do list!  The scarcity of that perfect rehearsal – but then everyone’s perspective of perfection is different.

 

However, the frustration of the:

My daughter can’t make it she has a party!

We booked a holiday now so can’t do the show!

Where is the show?

Times and Dates even though they have been given numerous times!

I forgot!

 

Why is it everyone doesn’t think it as important as me? Yet if I give a crappy show, they will go elsewhere – so WHY not commit – end of!!!!

 

Because – the age old saying – nobody cares as much as you!

 

Everyone has so much going on in their life that the show is NOT their priority.

 

So how do you get around it?  Let’s think of a solution!  And I am afraid to say – there is no golden nugget on this one.

 

18 years of shows have taught me a few things and year in, year out I still have the same problems as you all.

 

My top tips are:

 

  1. Communication! Big style! Repeat letters, send reminder emails, condense lots of information into smaller reminder emails/letters. Speak, post about it and generally keep communicating.

 

  1. Deposits and confirmation know who is doing it and get answers and deposits.

 

  1. Deadlines – and stick to them!

 

  1. Preparation, the more prepared you are the easier it is to deal with the emergencies!

 

  1. Organisation, what can you do months in advance? What can you do weeks in advance – anything that you can help yourself with to take the stress out of show week. Do it!

 

My members of access to lots of extra information, it is a gold mine of business modules an entire library of advice and videos.  Plus an amazing discounts to certain companies.  The cost of the academy is currently £10 a month but it is going up in August!  So now is a great time to get involved.

 

I am covering the foundation basics in the UK’s first convention dedicated to the business of dance.  So if its your terms and conditions you are struggling with, or understanding your breakeven point or even learning how you can run your business better, then check out the convention – it is only on early bird discount until March31str 2017. For more information check out The Den Academy.

http://thedanceden.co.uk/the-den/

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YOU CAN DO THIS!

YOU CAN DO THIS!

Do they really need the uniform?

Sorry I have forgotten my fees!

She went to a party – instead of the last exam rehearsal!

Attitude from the teenagers!

Commitment and dedication at an all-time low!

How much for costumes?

So and so quit and didn’t tell you!

 

Then…….

 

You need more students to break even!

Flyers need to go out

Website needs updating

Accountant wants up to date books

Insurance needs to be re-newed

Council change their hiring plans and want a meeting

Pay the bills

Recruit teachers

Deal with enquiries on email, phone x 2, Facebook, social media, messages ……

Phone calls from bloody PPI people!!!!!

 

The list is endless….

Did no-one tell you when you trained to be a teacher/dancer that if you owned your own studio you would also need to have a ridiculous amount of ‘other’ skills too….You can learn business, marketing, budget, cash flows and so on, the dance den can and WILL help you.  Rome wasn’t made in a day – so don’t stress, take it one step at a time.

From me to you after 18 successful years – YOU CAN DO THIS! And what you can’t – outsource! Get help – ask me of the fellow dance principals in the dance den – join our community – You don’t have to do this alone!

Check out The Dance Den Academy http://thedanceden.co.uk/the-den/

The prices are going up at the end of June 2017!  So jump in now and I will hold the old price!

 

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Conundrum of a Question

Conundrum of a Question

An interesting conversation tonight.

And a conundrum of a question brought about by our Canadian hosts, a fellow teacher.

If we are taught by the past, yet are taught by the past in the present where lies our future?

We were taught in the past, and continue to teach the past in the present, yet the pupils will live in the future.  Therefore are we always living through the past? The technology that is around today was not available in our past, therefore we are bound to teach the past or the future?
Interesting?

Dance as a skill is passed on, taught by the teachers who learnt from the teachers before them.  But our future dancers – what is their future?

Yes they need the basic skill, but technology moves at such a pace, medicine continues to strive forward in the preparation and rehabilitation of our dancers. If we stick to the old are we truly preparing our youngsters for the new?

My Canadian hosts gave a great answer – all we can do prepare them with the skills to be flexible and adapt, only then can they truly be prepared for what lies ahead!

Deep for a Friday night and a glass of red!

 

Progression is always key and if you need some help and inspiration then why not come and see me at the following conventions?

 

I am at Can You Dance Live http://www.canyoudancelive.com/

Essex on April 23rd

Bath on May 28th

Leeds on June 25th

 

Come and say hi!

 

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Business and Finance

Business and Finance

The 2 most important things in your business are people and finance.  Do you look after both?  Let’s just look at people.

People can be many things:

  • Parents
  • Children
  • Teachers
  • Caretakers
  • Administration support
  • Dressmakers
  • Accountants

The list of people is endless but crucial!

Let’s just take teachers:

  • Have they been fully checked?
  • Did you source references?
  • Do you know when their DBS is due?
  • Is there a course you can put them on to add to their skills?
  • Do you do in-house training?
  • Do you communicate your schools ethos?
  • Do you give them too much freedom?
  • Do you give them enough freedom?
  • Do you tackle difficult situations head on or do you let it simmer?
  • Are you clear on payments?
  • Do you pay them on time?
  • Do you inspire them?

This is just some of the list that you should consider when dealing with just 1 set of people.  It does boil down to my 3 C’s.

Communication

Clarity

Consistency

In ALL elements of business.

Communication:

  • What is coming up
  • Changes to lessons
  • New students starting
  • Things to be aiming for

Clarity:

Don’t by ‘ish’ if there is an issue deal with it, be specific there is no room for ‘ish’ in management of people.  Be specific about goals, targets, dates achievements and be clear in your instructions.

Consistency:

Do it always – not just once; if you start an appraisal, continue with it, schedule it so they know where they are.

These things will only benefit your business after all a dance school as a ‘people’ place so be a really good people person.

I am covering the foundation basics in the UK’s first convention dedicated to the business of dance.  So if its your terms and conditions you are struggling with, or understanding your break-even point or even learning how you can run your business better, then check out the convention – it is only on early bird discount until March 31st 2017.

http://thedanceden.co.uk/dance-school-owners-convention-2/

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