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Ask Rhee Gold | The pros and cons of renting holiday costumes

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, I have been presenting a holiday performance for many years. The expense of purchasing costumes has deterred some students from dancing in the show. To encourage more participation, I am considering renting holiday costumes to my students. I’ve never done this before and I am wondering if you have…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Build trust and mutual respect with employee evaluations

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, I am not the best when it comes to talking to employees about things like parent complaints and issues. Confrontation gives me anxiety, and even in my personal life I avoid some issues, which obviously makes situations worse. This is something I have been working on. I’m teaching less…

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Ask Rhee Gold | How to handle adults who bully students

How to handle adults who bully students Hi Rhee! What would be the best way to handle two moms who are bullying each other’s daughters? Neither I nor my teachers have seen it personally, but other people I trust have spoken to me about it. I’ve addressed both moms individually, but apparently the bullying happened…

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Ask Rhee Gold | When kindness is perceived as favoritism

When kindness is perceived as favoritism Dear Rhee, Mandy, one of my students, comes from an abusive home situation. It’s not physical abuse, more like abandonment. Her parents are always fighting with one another and they often leave their young children to fend for themselves. Sometimes they forget to pick her up or they argue…

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Ask Rhee Gold | The importance of confidentiality agreements

The importance of confidentiality agreements Dear Rhee, I have loved almost every minute of the 33 years I’ve owned my studio. Last year I married a wonderful man whose job includes lots of travel, and I would like to join him as often as possible. He has always told me that I don’t have to…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Managing relationships with students

Managing relationships with students Dear Rhee, After attending one of your seminars, I have decided to pull all communication between our students and the studio into the office because I’m seeing improper teacher–student relationships happening around me. I have run into our students hanging out with their teachers around town and they’re constantly texting or…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Taking back preschool classes

Taking back preschool classes Dear Rhee, I’m doing my best to build my dance studio business in a small town. In the beginning, almost five years ago, my studio was booming; it was full of preschoolers and lots of kids under age 10, plus my competitive team. For the last couple of years, I have…

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Ask Rhee Gold | What to do when another studio opens down the street

Advice for dance teachers Hi Rhee, I love your magazine and this column! Now it’s my turn to come to you for some advice. This year I’m reaching the 30-year mark for my studio. Recently, a well-known school that has been in business for 65 years (ironically, the school I attended as a girl and…

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Ask Rhee Gold: The hows and whys of class placement

Advice for dance teachers | The hows and whys of class placement Dear Rhee, I am frustrated by parents who question everything I do, especially the decisions I make relating to class placement, who is on the competition team, and who still needs to work before making the team. These parents watch what I do…

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Ask Rhee Gold: Choreographer Contracts

Advice for dance teachers | Choreographer Contracts Dear Rhee, Off and on for many years, our studio has brought in master teachers to create choreography for our competitive students. This year a choreographer set a fantastic routine on a large group of our older students. The total expense for this was more than $4,000, including…

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Ask Rhee Gold | The Importance of the Recital

Advice for dance teachers | The Importance of the Recital Dear Rhee, At the end of last season, I had parents who were upset because they thought the recital experience was too much trouble. One parent actually sent me an email to say her child would not be returning unless I decided to drop the…

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Ask Rhee Gold: Changing Your Faculty’s Perspective on Competition

Advice for dance teachers | Changing Your Faculty’s Perspective on Competition Dear Rhee, Although I enjoy the competition experience and I know that my students learn and grow through the process, some of my faculty members believe that preparing students for competition is the most important aspect of teaching. How would you suggest that I…

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Ask Rhee Gold: Ending Class on a Positive Note

Advice for dance teachers | Ending Class on a Positive Note Dear Rhee, As a studio owner, I believe that my faculty needs to remember that our students should feel a sense of accomplishment by the time they leave dance class. It isn’t about hollow compliments or accolades, but about ending class on a positive…

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July 2017 | Ask Rhee Gold | Retaining Recital Choreography

Advice for dance teachers | Retaining Recital Choreography Dear Rhee, What are your strategies to help students retain recital choreography? This year was especially hard, which resulted in a lot of stress for my students and me. I know I must be missing some tricks of the trade. Any expertise is appreciated. —Mikala Hi Mikala,…

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July 2017 | Ask Rhee Gold | Competition Programs

Advice for dance teachers | Competition Programs Dear Rhee, At what age do you believe a child should begin a competition program? We’ve always started at 10; now parents are asking me if I will accept kids as young as 6. I don’t know if the children and their parents are prepared for the amount…

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July 2017 | Ask Rhee Gold | Special-Needs Students

Advice for dance teachers | Special-Needs Students Dear Rhee, This season I introduced a dance class for children with special needs. I taught the class, but with my limited experience it was a huge growth experience for the kids and me. By the end of the season I was thrilled with what we all accomplished.…

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