By: Steve Sirico and Angela D’Valda Sirico, Dance Teacher Web
"Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination" -Fitzhugh Dodson
Every year around this time we love to reflect over what has taken place during the past year. Once the New Year hits it is important to have your focus on track as to what you want to achieve for the New Year. Not thrilled about something that has taken place at your studio? Don't fret, now is the time to throw out the things that are dragging you down and replace them with a new and fresh outlook.
Keep in mind that you are the leader of your dance studio. If you are distracted and unhappy that will spill into your business. We believe your business is a reflection of you!
Here are some quick tips to help you to have the right mindset for the New Year.
- Make your vision a priority. We have had studio owners who are, in our Dance Teacher Web consulting program, tell us that their clients are tough to deal with. That they are demanding and push them to the limits on everything. We tell them that the only way to change that is to set your standards and don't change them for anyone! We believe that if you let your customers push you around they will continue to push you around and it will only become worse, not better. Take a day and write down the perfect picture you have of your studio. How the parents, students, staff and faculty act. Now visualize ways that you can create that in your studio. Don't think for a minute that it can't happen! Share your vision with your team and let them know this IS going to happen. Set your standards and you will be thrilled and proud each day that you walk into the studio you have created.
- Get rid of the bad apples. Yes, I know this may be difficult but if you have a teacher, staff member, student or parent that is constantly a pain in the neck, you must make the move to get them out of your studio and life! No one should steal your joy. NO ONE! You work too hard and give too much of yourself. You deserve the utmost respect and happiness. Just before or right after the New Year are great times to meet with the problem people and inform them that your studio is just not the right fit for them. Thank them for being a part of your studio and wish them all the best but let them know that as of the New Year you are moving in a different direction without them.
- Keep your mind in a good place. Running a business is hard work. There are and will be challenging moments, Lord knows during the 30 years we have had our studio we have had plenty of those moments. But if you keep your mind thinking about how you can make your studio better and how you can increase your business you will see improvement. Opportunities are all around you if you are looking through the right glasses. Try not to focus on all the problems, I know that is not easy at times, believe me, but when you focus on what can be instead of what isn't then you will be shown the way to resolve any troubling issues you may be facing.
- Set your New Year goals. This is the fun part. Look at where you are right now and then decide where you would like to be. This overview may include your student count, income, faculty, choreography, competition results and anything else you can think of. Don't forget your personal ones as well. The only advice we would give in the goal department is, BE BOLD! We have always set lofty goals. Now we can't say that we have attained them all but we have had a lot of fun trying to achieve them and we have improved in any of the areas where we have put our focus. And, we have exceeded many as well!
Now It’s Your Turn…
Once you have finished reading this article please get a brand-new note pad or planner and start to make notes to yourself. You can name it something fun like My 2017 Goal & Idea Planner.
On the first page write in big bold letters:
I can easily achieve all my goals!
I have everything in place right now to build the studio of my dreams!
Focus on ideas no matter how big or small they are and ways that you can turn them into reality. Let’s face it, who knows your studio better than you do? You know all the good and all the not so good. But there are also hidden gems right under your feet at your studio. You just need to take some time to think about what can you do better, differently or completely new! Hopefully you don't have anything negative happening at your studio but if you do, start making plans to eliminate whatever it is. Keep your mind positive even in trying times and set those lofty goals. As the saying goes, "Go Big or Go Home!"
We wish you a terrific New Year where all your dreams become reality!
About D’Valda and Sirico
Angela D'Valda Sirico and Steve Sirico have owned and directed a very successful dance studio in Fairfield CT for 30 years. They also have been teaching master classes, choreographing and producing shows. In 2007 they founded Dance Teacher Web now the #1 online resource for dance teachers and studio owners worldwide. They produce the live event every summer called Dance Teacher Web Live Conference and Expo . Steve and Angle have partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to create Dance Teacher University a cutting-edge teacher certification program that offer two exciting levels with a diverse curriculum. They have also co-authored two books “It’s Your Turn!” The success blueprint for the dance studio owner and for the dance teacher with motivational guru Robert Landau
In 1979 they formed the Adagio team of D’Valda & Sirico. Their performing credits include "Scala" Barcelona, Spain, Casino Estoril, Portugal, Theatre Royal, Oxford, England, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Hotel Tequendama, Bogota, Columbia, Teatro Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and as Guest Artists for Wayne Sleep's smash hit "Dash", Dominium Theatre, London.
They were featured artists in Royal Command performances in Spain and had the privilege of performing for Princess Diana of Wales. D'Valda & Sirico's many television credits include "David Letterman", "Star Search", and "Tarde Para Todos" as well as variety shows in the U.S.A, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, Italy and Argentina. Their combination of explosive choreography and exciting partner work has been given rave reviews both nationally and internationally. Their choreography for the acclaimed "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" was commissioned by Boston Ballet II and performed by the company. Angela and Steve have owned and directed the D’Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre Fairfield, Connecticut since 1987. Their students have received scholarships and contracts to American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Hartford Ballet as well as the National tours of "Fosse", "Fame" and "We Will Rock You" and on Broadway in "Chorus Line".
Angela and Steve have been on the faculty of Dance Educators of America’s Teacher Training program. Steve is the author of his Jazz Dance syllabus and together they authored their Partner syllabus both used for Teacher Training worldwide. Angela served as Chairperson for the Tri State panel of the Royal Academy of Dancing and they have taught as guest faculty for Mt. Holyoke College, Michigan State University, The University of Arkansas, Yale University and University of Nevada Las Vegas. They teach Master Classes in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz and Partner work all over the world including residencies in England, Spain, Costa Rica and Mexico.