Your dance teachers work hard to make sure that you are the best dancer (and over-all person) that you can possibly be. Sometimes it feels like they’re being hard on you or nit-picking your work in class—which can be frustrating! Because dance teachers only get an hour with you a week, they don’t always get to say exactly what they want to say to you in class, so we asked our own PCDC Teachers to share things that they want you to know, even if they don’t always say it out loud:

  • Stephanie Odenbach: “Being able to dance is a gift and we are never promised tomorrow—dance full-out every single time. Give 100% every time, whether you’re on stage, at the barre, or going across the floor. “
  • Miranda Noonan-Lung: “Just because you can’t do a million fouettes, doesn’t mean you’ve failed as a dancer. Be proud of your technique and embrace what you’re good at. Have pride in your accomplishments as a dancer.”
  • Ashley Mouw: “A simple “thank you” to your teacher can make a world of a difference. The amount of time a dance teacher spend outside of the classroom thinking about their students, creating, learning, etc. takes a lot of time. Knowing that they are appreciated means the world.”
  • Jordan Metzler: “If you tell yourself (or me) you can’t do something, you have already decided in your mind and your body that you won’t do it. Give everything your best effort and speak positive and encouraging thoughts to yourself”
  • SO: “Trust your dance teacher. Trust that they want what’s best for you, where to place you, and that they’re your biggest cheerleader.”
  • MN: “You have to work to be successful. You don’t take ballet classes for a month and get a job at ABT (American Ballet Theatre) the next. Dance is hard and you need to put in the work to reach your fullest potential. You need to show up to class to reap the benefits. And practicing on your own time will get you to your goals faster.”
  • AM “Teachers are people too, they have feelings, they have bad days, they get sensitive and insecure. Remember that sometimes teachers need to be encouraged and loved just as much as you do.”
  • JM: “Take care of your body in and out of the classroom. This means sleeping well, making healthy food choices, stretching before you dance full out, and making sure that you’re giving your body some love in your down time (i.e. myofascial rolling, resting/icing injured muscles or joints, taking a few relaxing yoga poses before bed, etc.).”
  • SO: “We love leaders! Set a good example and be encouraging toward your classmates.”
  • AM: “We like Starbucks lol…but seriously.” ☺
  • MN: “Support your fellow classmates– be proud of each other’s accomplishments and help each other to be the best you all can be. Your dance family loves you and wants you to succeed. You don’t need to be the best of friends but you should have respect for one another as you work toward the same goals.”
  • JM: “Communicate if you’re not feeling well or if you have an injury before class—I can’t help you if I don’t know what’s going on.”
  • AM: “Tough love is necessary.”
  • SO: “If you want your dance teacher to notice you, become noticeable. Work hard, dance full out, and be proactive in your training.”
  • AM: “Teachers care so deeply for their students. Never question that.” ♥