Private Lesson Length

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Yanou, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    Heh, nothing wrong with saying that. I actually go to two studios regularly, and a bunch more less often (chain and not). Ons is one of most competitive studios in area, other one is, well, mine. :) I haven't yet found one that I like more than mine. So I'm contuining to work on improving my studio. Actually had a long conversation with two of pros from my studio about increasing competition around our studio.
  2. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    well thats a constructive way of achieving your ends - change the studio. Thats what i love about the US - you will find this odd but in many places few people think of changing the environment if they don't like it. The only option is to move to a new one. Indeed, its one of the unheralded greatnesses of the US...
  3. DL

    DL Well-Known Member

    Shaw (who was Irish) once said something like:

  4. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Lessons are 45 minutes each. Scheduling isn't an issue with standing appointments.
  5. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Of course, he could be trying to make changes that will make the studio less inviting to others. In which case, it wouldn't be constructive, be destructive.
  6. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    Any person can only put forward what they think is a good idea, whether its used depends on many factors including, hopefully, the needs of others. If the studio is well run its management will incorporate new ideas if they see them as being generally positive for the studios future.
  7. emeralddancer

    emeralddancer Active Member

    It would be nice if more studios at least were open to the ideas and toss them around. So to speak.

    You never know when something is a great idea or a flop unless one is willing to at least first acknowledge it and maybe then incorporate it.

    If it brings the desired results you stick with it, if it brings the opposite then you nix it.

    But it never hurts to try new things. Sometimes status quo gets a bit outdated or boring.

    Those who are completely unwilling to change will over time see the detrimental effects that has. No matter how successful it may appear.

    Especially if the "caliber" (I use this word loosely) of people, while on the surface appear what it is you want, is in actuality quite the opposite.
  8. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Amen to that. At my former (hence "former") studio, they absolutely were not listening to what we wanted and needed from our lessons, particularly group. Put up with that for far too long, and then finally.... SEE YA. The formerly warm fuzzies turned to bitterness at their unwillingness to fulfill the needs of the loyal dancers as they (attempted to) grow and learn. That's just plain bad business. I'm not talking just one or two people complaining. There was a large group of us with the same issues, and I'm sure we would have continued to sink large sums of money into that place had they cared enough to entertain our ideas.
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sometimes studios don't do that b/c they themselves don't have the skill but can't admit it
  10. Standarddancer

    Standarddancer Well-Known Member

    maybe studios need suggestion boxes?
  11. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    My thoughts exactly. And sometimes it isn't that they can't just admit it, but they don't see it at all.
  12. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Heck, I even went so far as to suggest something like that -- ask the students for their input about classes. I said you can then ignore it if you want, but at least the students will get the false feeling that the studio owner is listening to them.

    Pfffft.

    But like Elise said, if a studio/instructor isn't fulfilling your needs, move on.
  13. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    good point...that too
  14. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I hate suggestion boxes..at least ones that allow anonymity...IMO they are the tool of people who can't own their own views...which often means they become weapons...
  15. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    yes, but you can always place a trash can right next to the box...:rolleyes: even if you only get one good suggestion in 100, its still a good suggestoin.

    Another way to do it is to have a studio 'general meeting'. This is common in some organizations - and studios (or rather dance places) that are cooperatives routinely do it as part of mangement. Of course people have to come to it - so it needs some purpose - but it could be tied to an important social event such as before an annual party.
  16. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    It's not a trash can, it's a circular file.
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    agree..if suggestions are actually what go in there...
  18. iwoo

    iwoo New Member

    Our lessons are 60 mins, non stop if we want to, good value im my opinion.
  19. emeralddancer

    emeralddancer Active Member


    Far truer I believe than one cares to admit. It is a shame too.
  20. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    Thats how I like it best - or 90 minutes even better...

    Its only really good value if the price is less per minute than a 45 minute one AND the instructor is better...

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