This post is for ballroom dance teachers who want to become more well-rounded. If you make a living teaching ballroom dancing, it can easily take over your life. By that I mean, you practice in the morning, teach all day, then go out dancing at night. Add to that dance workshops and perhaps more clubbing on the weekends. Can you really keep this up forever? After a while, something’s gotta give and that bubble’s gonna burst.
For ballroom dance teachers who “gotta dance“.
For sure, ballroom dancing is and should be a long-term part of your life. The benefits of ballroom dancing are tremendous. They include physical fitness, stress relief, and meeting mental or academic challenges. In addition, moving with a partner to music while enjoying the company of like-minded individuals encourages social interaction.
However, for ballroom dance teachers, burnout can be a problem. Ballroom dancing makes you feel so good that you want to keep it going. Nevertheless, when you spend all of your time on one activity, you miss out on so much more.
Can’t believe I’m saying this, but even though you make a living teaching, there’s more to life than dancing.
For ballroom dance teachers, relationships are very important.
Indeed, cultivating relationships needs to be number one in expanding your view. Are you in a relationship? Do you want to be? Of course, we’re “people who need people” (thanks, Barbra Streisand). But, these connections won’t be for the long-term unless we put some effort into them.
The ability to spend time enjoying nature is truly a gift. Although making a living teaching ballroom dancing is very rewarding, you’re missing out on a lot if you don’t get outside and enjoy the colors, textures, and smells that are on the other side of your door. Besides, many people say if you give nature a chance, it’ll put you in touch with your creative side. On the whole, that’s not a bad perk for a dancer.
Playing is a big part of your social development. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what you play. Some examples are video games, board games, volleyball, or golf. They’ll all work just as long as you have someone to play with. Time spent doing things with others gives you a broader view of people’s interests and feelings.
Keeping up with the news is expected of grownups. Admittedly, it can be difficult to find a reliable source for your news but stick with it. The alternative is being ignorant of what’s going on outside the studio. That would make it hard for you to have conversations with students and others about the events of the day. You may appear one-dimensional, and for a ballroom dance teacher, that would be a shame.
Feathering your nest is an excellent and gratifying use of your time outside the studio. Isn’t it true that too often we adopt the attitude that our home is just where we sleep? But, it can also be our sanctuary. First and foremost, it’s a place to recharge our spirit and energize our soul.
What’s next for ballroom dance teachers?
After reacquainting yourself with the world outside the studio, it’ll be time to get back to dancing. With a renewed spirit and recognition of what’s going on when the music stops, you’ll give yourself up to your muse with a newly, emboldened enthusiasm…above all, totally joyful and eternally grateful!
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