What to do when “IT” shows up

It’s one of those days. You know what kind of day I am talking about. You answered all of your emails, worked through choreography, rhinestoned costumes, ran an amazing rehearsal, AND you avoided a shoe order disaster.. You are killing it! You are feeling pretty good about yourself, because you put a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick on today’s  to-do list. Then, all of a sudden, here “IT” comes. What is “IT”, you ask?

The E-mail- “Sarah’s 3rd cousin’s birthday party is on the day of the recital, and I need you to make sure that all of her routines are done in the first 10 minutes of the show or she won’t be able to perform?”

The Phone call- “ I was looking through the observation window and the kids “played” the  entire class. Why am I paying tuition for nothing?”

The Visit- “I just wanted to come in and order the shoes and tights that we need for competition this weekend. They will be here in time, right?”

These are the all too frequent “ITS” that totally deflate us as dance educators. Often we let annoying and frustrating incidents take the lead when we reflect on an otherwise awesome day. Think about it, there are 1,440 minutes in a day, and most of the time you pushed through at least 1,200 of them claiming successes big and small. That is why it so important that we dance educators break the habit of letting a few measly minutes (or even hours) of frustration break our stride and destroy our sense of accomplishment. We have to maintain momentum and generate positive energy to be the best dance teachers that we can be.  

We all know that in our business incidents like this are totally inevitable. So, what can we do when when “IT” rears its ugly head? I encourage you to give these ideas a try.

  1. Take a deep breath and realize this is small part of an amazing day. Remember the old adage “one bad apple doesn’t spoil the bunch”? Apply that same principle to your day. One bad incident (or maybe even two) doesn’t ruin a whole day.


  1. Stage a counter attack. No,I don’t mean seek revenge! I talking about doing something that adds some positive energy and sense of accomplishment back into your day. Give someone a compliment, clean out that messy desk drawer, or text an old friend just to reconnect, it doesn’t have to be big, it just has get the good vibes flowing again.

All too often, we get the wind gets knocked out of our sails right when we think we are smooth sailing, but don’t give up. Adjust your sails, stay the course, and dock your boat at night knowing that you were a darn good captain!  

Keep moving dance educators!   Always remember, you are the real D.E.A.L. !