General Dance Discussion > Cheaper alternative to private lessons?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Statlady, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    depends...I saw some excellent dancers in their 60s last weekend...Victor Russo's lady....to name just one...wish I could recall her name...personally, I think it serves no useful purpose to ponder one's limitations...only to maximize one's advantages
     
  2. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    While I also highly suggest looking into independent teachers as a way to save money, just remember that the independent teacher is not always going to be a better use of your money. I know of one studnet in area (or area where I used to be, anyway), that worked with teacher at a chain studio and an independent teacher, and the chain teacher was DEFINITELY better, both a better dancer, and a better teacher.
     
  3. Statlady

    Statlady New Member

    Heh, I had a feeling Terpsichorean Clod was going to link another thread. :) I'm not very good at finding what I'm looking for by searching, so I appreciate that.
     
  4. waltzgirl

    waltzgirl Active Member

    You can compete at any age. Competitions are divided by age category and, at pro-am comps, the top group is 80+. (I sometimes joke with my teacher that I have my eye on an over-80 championship--cuz it will take me that long to get good enough :D)
     
  5. Statlady

    Statlady New Member

    Thanks for the replies regarding age. I read that other thread and got the info I was looking for, so there's no need to reply about that anymore . . . unless, of course, you want to. :)
     
  6. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    Perhaps I'm better suited for a career as a librarian than as an actuary. Speaking of which, I've met one actuary who plays the lottery. :shock:
     
  7. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    You're just planning to outlive your competition, aren't you? ;)
     
  8. waltzgirl

    waltzgirl Active Member

    My grandmother and her sisters lived into their 90s, so I've got the genes for it! :D
     
  9. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

  10. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    <LOL> :cheers:
     
  11. Statlady

    Statlady New Member

    You're an actuary? Sweet! I love meeting other math geeks. I met a statistician once who also regularly plays the lottery. Wacko . . . ;)

    So, I can't seem to stop thinking about my dilemma here. I've thought about being straight up and telling my teacher that I can't afford to take any more lessons from him. I've thought about playing the game and acting like I can't decide so they'll keep trying to sell me on the next level. The latter is totally not my style, though. I think what I'm going to do is wait until they take me into the little room to talk prices. I'm going to flat-out tell them how much I can afford. If they can give me something that fits my criteria, then great. It certainly won't be the standard package their hoping to sell me, but maybe they'll want to keep my business enough to work with me. With the small amount I can afford, I doubt I'd get much more than group lessons and parties, but at least that way I won't have to change studios if I decide I don't want to. Most likely they'll tell me I'm out of luck and that they don't have any packages that cheap. In that case, I'll say thank you and goodbye.

    Now . . . we'll see if I feel the same way tomorrow. :)
     
  12. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    I am 34 and I have been competing for the last 4 years.
     
  13. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    The pros I know personally who are competing are in their early thirties (at least the men are.)

    While you've got a lot of catching up to do, and lord knows I'm working on that, it's not like ballet or skating, where you're a has-been if you haven't made it by sixteen (in skating--seriously, for women in skating, if you haven't made it out of regionals these days and you're sixteen or older, stick a fork in it, you're done. Switching to dance or pairs is only an option if you can find a partner.) But it's a matter of how much time and energy and money can you commit to it--in my case, I'm single with some alternative means of financial support plus four jobs. I don't have to think about anyone else's schedules or finances.
     
  14. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    My teacher is competing professionally and he is a few years older than I am. His wife is a few years younger.
     
  15. Statlady

    Statlady New Member

    OK . . . I was SO WRONG about my studio! They are wonderful people. Granted, they require long-term contracts, but that's not an uncommon practice.

    Today I spoke with one of the higher-up people at the studio about starting a Bronze program. I told her how much I wanted to do it, but then explained how my financial situation had changed since I initially signed up. She said that she would sit down with my teacher and another supervisor and design a smaller program for me that fits the budget I told her I could afford. She could tell that I was rather distressed by the whole situation and she even gave me a hug!

    So, I want to take back every negative thing I might have said or suggested about the studio. I'm absolutely thrilled that I'll be able to continue there. I will have to change teachers, which makes me sad, but I've danced with a few of the other male teachers there and I'm sure I'll be fine with whoever I get assigned to next (my teacher is a "specialist," meaning that his main role is to teach new students long enough to design a program for them--then they get passed along to their long-term teacher).

    I'm so happy with how this turned out!! :D


    As a side note, my teacher's supervisor asked me "On a scale of 1 to 10 how good do you want to get?" Without hesitation, I replied "10!" Is there really any other answer to that question, though? Do people actually say, "I think 5 or 6 would be good enough for me."?
     
  16. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    "These go to 11."
     
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

  18. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.:p
     
  19. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    Well, not quite yet. I'm still working towards a designation (2 more to ASA). Er....I was working on it, but seem to have gotten a little sidetracked with a certain hobby... :oops:

    I guess my dancing would probably work best if I danced with an actuary - someone who could predict my leading to within 3 significant figures. :razz:
     
  20. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    Awesome! I'm glad to hear it all worked out so well! :D
    Everyone may say that they want to be the best, but how many are willing to put in the effort?
     

Share This Page