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Protocols and Expectations of Performing as a Pro, or, How To Avoid Stepping on Toes

This is an opinion piece.  I won’t hide behind a pseudonym or pen name and pretend that the opinions belong to someone else. I also won’t apologize for the opinions. The opinions expressed below are done so very candidly for the intent of informing intermediate level dancers who may be interested in or intent upon…


About Restaurant Dancing

Ah, the restaurant gig. Fun, unpredictable, often ill-paying, it’s regular, bread-and-butter work, yet is often also tiring and tedious. It tends to be the last bastion of bad dancing. On occasion, it is the secret stomping (shimmying?) grounds of diamonds-in-the-rough. I know I cut my performance teeth and learned the hardest way possible the year…


About Charging Standard Rates

I encourage other dancers to expect and request a consistent, minimum rate for teaching and performing. I only provide referrals to teachers and performers who do so. This is our livelihood, not just a hobby or past time. There are often very talented hobby dancers and troupes that will perform at community events and fundraisers…


Q – I took a session with another instructor and didn’t like it. I’m in your class now and it’s totally different. I feel like I’m starting over. Why are classes so inconsistent?

I’ m truly sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. Sometimes you have to take several classes with several teachers before you find the right one for you. You may require a different kind of room (mirrors vs. no mirrors, cool vs. warm, bright vs. dark), a different teaching style, prefer a different…


Q – I see classes advertised in various places, and the fees are so different. Even yours have different prices. Some are in studios, some in gyms. Why?

Teachers don’t always have a say in how much their class will cost. Those of us who teach for an institution or facility that runs its own programmes and registration are often simply “contract workers”. We are paid hourly rates and students charged class fees as set by the directors/coordinators of such programmes. Share on…