I have been getting the feeling lately that people feel that we are in “competition” with other instructors in the area and that our dancers shouldn’t go elsewhere to dance with other instructors. So, I just want to set that straight…
I LOVE our peers in this industry and I love that there are so many for you to learn from (including our growing variety of instructors in our own team)! Many of us talk behind the scenes to make sure that our shared dancers have a cohesive experience and we often refer people to each other’s classes when it fits. We don’t do it publicly because (duh!) this is a business and we don’t want to ENCOURAGE people to go elsewhere, but we also don’t want to DISCOURAGE them either from expanding their repertoire from, frankly, some pretty awesome people.
So yes, you can have it ALL! I mean, clearly, if you can only dance one night and you have to choose between one of our classes and another, OF COURSE I want you to come out to ours, but I wouldn’t want somebody to NOT dance with another, perfectly capable and fun instructor because they are loyal to me/us (I truly thank you and humbled by that sentiment though!). Hopefully you’ll come back to our classes because you want to and enjoy them and perhaps you’ll bring us back something new that you’ve learned!
I liken it this way… where LD4Y may be a line of Chick-fil-A franchises where you get the same food at every site and the same feel, but slight differences based on who manages it, I consider our peers to be the McDonalds and Taco Bells (or whatever appealing option you prefer to insert). Just because you’re a loyal Chick-fil-A diner doesn’t mean that you don’t crave a Big Mac or a Chalupa from time to time? 🙂 (Ok, now I’m hungry!)
Years ago, we never would have dreamed that line dancing would take off the way it has and I am thrilled that we have been able to expand like we have and that so many other instructors have arrived on the scene to help it grow (including the many that came before me). The additional instructors out there only help us to spread this activity we love and sometime give us a fresh perspective or opportunity to try something new. Many of us learn from each other and teach in similar methods, but we all offer something a little different which we hope you will enjoy.
I will remind you though that because most of us do this at bars, we are always seeking more people to come out and PURCHASE items to keep this going. So, whether you’re at one of our classes, another bar, at a conference or any place where they are providing line dancing for free, please be sure to support that place because doing so means we can continue to have this great variety of venues and instructors!
So, go out and get dancing… with whomever you choose (but hopefully us too)!