Dear Katie: How Do I Know When to Switch Dance Studios?
Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
I'm on the fence about switching studios. My current studio is pretty relaxed about technique, but it's like a second home to me—I have so much fun with all my friends there. There's another studio nearby that's much more serious technically. I want to danceprofessionally when I grow up. Should I choosethe school that has a great community, or theone that will help me reach my dream faster?
Switching studios can be daunting. But wonderful as a great, supportive community is, it's not going to get you the training you need. If dancing professionally is your dream, I'd encourage you to pursue the best training available—and if you aren't being challenged or pushed at your current studio, that training is elsewhere.
The good news is that doesn't mean you can't continue to be friends with the dancers at your current studio. Plus, you'll probably end up making wonderful new friends at the new school. And being around other serious dancers will inevitably push you and inspire you to improve. Your training years go by quickly. Don't risk looking back and regretting not making the leap.
For more of Katie's helpful tips and advice, click here.