Welcome to our first blog series of the new year- Owner’s 8-Count: Breaking Down your Questions and Suggestions! In dance everything starts with the 8-count. It is how we learn new combinations and break down the most complex pieces into teachable patterns. Just like the 8-count is the foundation of growing as a dancer and learning something new, your feedback helps us grow and learn and change too.

At the end of 2017 we sent out a survey to all of our registered families with valid email addresses. We were so grateful for your responses and want to thank everyone who took the time to provide us with such thoughtful, powerful and encouraging feedback. You and your dancers are what make our studios such wonderful, positive, and creative places

Over the next six weeks we will be sharing our discussions and ideas for the wonderful questions and comments raised in the survey here on our studio blog. We’re excited to share our suggestions and solutions with you so you know what is going on behind the scenes and how we’re implementing your ideas to make our studios and your experience the best it can be. We value your feedback and look forward to growing with you. Have something you would like to discuss further? We’d love to see you! Email, call or drop in at the studio.

PART I: Crowded Waiting Room Feedback 

Q: The waiting rooms at the studio are crowded, noisy and cluttered. How can I best view my dancer in class?

It’s true. Our studio hallways and waiting rooms can get crowded and noisy. With excited dancers entering and exiting classes and lots of parents picking up, dropping off and observing… it can easily overwhelm our space. This is a common problem for dance studios everywhere, and as a result, some studios eliminate their waiting rooms all together. We enjoy having nice lounges and seeing smiling faces on the other side of the observation windows so that is not an approach we are willing to take.

We believe the quality of a good dance program is not measured by the size of the waiting rooms and observation areas but by the instruction going on inside the studio rooms. As a result, we designed our studios for maximum instruction space with observation windows that can be closed. Closing the observation windows helps us minimize distractions for our dancers and allows for better, more focused instruction.  When distractions are at a minimum and our students feel like they have a secure and private studio to learn in and explore their artistry they branch out and try new things (which can be scary!).

What solutions can we offer to help you with the crowded waiting areas?

#1- Last spring we started a new event; Parent Watch Week (PWW) and we are excited to announce that we have scheduled another PWW in April 2018. During PWW, you are invited to come inside our studio rooms for a front row viewing (and hearing!) session of your dancer’s class. You can see your dancer’s progress and follow along with us as we conduct class. We hope to incorporate more PWW’s into the schedule throughout the season so parents will have several opportunities to observe students to use that time to view classes rather than trying to squeeze into a small viewing window each week.

#2- Additional seating can be added to our waiting rooms and other areas of the buildings to accommodate waiting families. Our waiting rooms may not have a view of the studio rooms, but adding more seats will give you more space to relax and flip through a book or tablet while you wait for class to end.

#3- We ask our dancers to bring their bags and belongings into the studio rooms instead of leaving them in the hallways. Our instructors are being reminded to help enforce this policy so that clutter in the hallway is minimized and dancers do not need to leave the studio room during class to grab an item from their bag.

We believe in forward progress and healthy growth. We thank all of our families that took time to complete the recent survey. We are better when we work together!

Join us next week for Part II: “Why is the Spring Showcase (recital) so late and why is it held in Greeley?”