Posts Tagged ‘Sandi Duncan’

Words of Wisdom

A 23-columnist salute to 11 years of ideas, insight, and inspiration by Tamsin Nutter Some days you just need a little advice and encouragement—whether on preschoolers, degagés, or taxes—to pin on the staff bulletin board or mull over in the bathtub at night, from a trusted friend who’s been there, done that, and understands exactly…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Bring Back That Family Feeling

by Sandi Duncan “We are a family, like a giant tree./ Branching out toward the sky.” These lyrics from the Dreamgirls song “Family” resonate with me. When I reflect on the many members of the dance family I’ve developed over years of teaching, and also of owning a studio, I feel love and deep gratitude.…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Kindness in Our Community

by Sandi Duncan In these challenging times, it’s refreshing to witness the good-hearted people of the dance community performing so many acts of kindness. In the past year alone, I’ve seen dancers, studio owners, teachers, and dance families raising funds for those affected by floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, and banding together to run clothing and…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Create

by Sandi Duncan create (verb): to cause to come into existence; bring into being; make; originate; esp., to make or design (something requiring art, skill, invention, etc.)—Webster’s New World College Dictionary I had the pleasure of witnessing some phenomenal choreography at the American Dance Awards competition in Massachusetts this spring. The inspiring pieces ranged from high-energy…

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Teacher Tune-Up | “Why You Want to Leave Me?”

by Sandi Duncan It’s the time of year when we watch our graduating seniors eagerly preparing to move on from the life they’ve known within our studio walls. As their high school years come to a close, we see their excitement as college acceptance letters pour in and they attend proms and graduations. For students…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Just Be

by Sandi Duncan In this ever-changing landscape of life, we may find ourselves constantly on the go, working to complete as many tasks and goals as the day will allow. If your to-do list is longer than your leg and multitasking is a way of life, you may be in need of some time to…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Lots of Love

by Sandi Duncan The dance studio industry can be competitive. Owning a studio may lead to insecurity, fear, doubt, and complete exhaustion. As owner, you have many people around you, yet the loneliness can be overwhelming. Often we build walls around ourselves for fear of being hurt or disappointed by clients or our competitors. We…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Who Am I?

by Sandi Duncan “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Having recently celebrated 53 years of life, I often find myself wondering, who am I? Am I living authentically? Have I become the person I hoped to be 10 or even 20 years ago? And who am I…

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Editor Speak | Trust and Teachers

Trust is so important between employer and employee. Studio owners often come to our guru-in-chief, Rhee Gold, with this complaint: “I trusted my staffer! And now she’s betrayed me.” Whether the betrayal involved poaching students, overstepping authority, or spreading comments shared in confidence, the sadness and fury of the injured studio owner is palpable in…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Creating a Life You Love

by Sandi Duncan Do you ever stop to wonder if there’s more to life than this? You’ve worked hard, created a wonderful career, and have a great family and network of friends. Yet you still have a nagging feeling that something is missing. Poet and author Maya Angelou wrote, “My mission in life is not…

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Editor Speak | Lucky Editor

One of my favorite parts of editing this magazine is reading the great advice. Our Dance Studio Life columnists are a smart bunch, and their ideas often stretch beyond the studio. As I work with them to refine their writing, I frequently find myself mulling over ways I can use their tips. I might not…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Don’t Fear Change

by Sandi Duncan “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” Had I understood the truth of this William Arthur Ward quote 20 years ago, my life could have been a little less bumpy. I started taking dance classes at age 2 and a half. It…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Making Peace With the Mirror

by Sandi Duncan It’s a new day of classes and you’re ready to share what you know and love. You’ve chosen your music, created your combos, and put on your workout attire. You enter the empty dance space, set up your music, and glance in the mirror. “Whoa! Wait, is that me?” you wonder. “Have…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Keeping Current

by Sandi Duncan Once upon a time, we were the cool teachers. We created cutting-edge choreography and classes and felt on top of our game. But as time has passed and we’ve aged oh so gracefully, new trends have emerged in our field, leaving many of us scratching our heads and wondering how to keep…

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Teacher Tune-Up | The Feeling Is Mutual

by Sandi Duncan “Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space,” writes Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, author of the 2008 book My Stroke of Insight. Read that request again—paying attention to it could improve the emotional outlook of your entire studio. If you’re experiencing a lot of negative energy at your studio,…

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February 2012 | Dream Weaving

How often do you take time out of your hectic teaching and business-owning schedule to think about what you really want in life? Do you even know what you like about your life? If you had to put down in writing what you wanted more of, could you do it? More important, would you do it?

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November 2011 | Inspiration in the Desert

For four days in July and August, dozens of master teachers, business experts, inspirational speakers, and entrepreneurs shared their secrets for success with more than 700 attendees at the latest DanceLife Teacher Conference.

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