Finding Help In Unexpected Places

As dance educators and studio owners, we wear a lot of hats. It can be overwhelming, even impossible at times to feel like we have the help and support we need.

We’re also guilty of trying to do too much on our own (I’m suuuuuper guilty of this). We are WonderWomen, but that doesn’t mean we should look for, or accept help.

I’ve found that sometimes help can come in the most unexpected of places - our students. One of my favorite ways to engage young students who might be feeling shy or uncertain about joining class is to make them my “helper”. I made a video about it a few weeks ago….

This works because we all like to feel useful, and it gives the child something actionable to do, which makes them feel more at ease, focused, and safe. It puts them back in control when they’re feeling out of control. It has the added benefit of helping me, and showing the other students ways in which they can be helpful. Usually when I do this, before I know it I’ve got a whole classroom full of helpers who I can give various tasks to, and who feel proud of their actions.

Where will you find help today? In a student, a parent, a random interaction on the street? I’d love to know where and how you found help, and how it made your day a little better!