It seems that when a teacher chooses to move to a new studio, it can often lead to a lot of friction. I've seen some pretty emotional situations result. For example, let's suppose there is a teacher working for a chain studio like Fred Astaire or Arthur Murray who is teaching 35 hours a week, who wants to strike out on their own as an independent. If the students are paying $75/hour, then the studio stands to lose over $10,000 per month. So many things can happen. First the teacher can start telling their students about their plans to try to convince them to follow them to the new studio. Then maybe one of the students who is loyal to the studio tells management. The next day the teacher is told they are not to enter the building even though they had lessons scheduled. Then the studio starts calling all the teacher's students, and the teacher starts calling. Basically, it can get really messy!!! Is there really a good way to leave a studio for a teacher? What if they want to teach in the same town? Or want to go independant? Or want to start their own business? What should a studio do to protect themselves? Are non-compete clauses really enforceable? Should they fire the teacher as soon as they find out?