I received an email from a student
asking me this question:
"Anthea, my friend's sister started taking class about 4 months after I started and she has been doing solos from early on. Do a lot of teachers do that? Every time I talk to my friend all she says is 'my sister is making money dancing now and is doing all these solos and blah, blah, blah!!' It seems kinda weird..."
My response to her:
Who knows - teachers are all different.
Thank you for bringing this up! I want to take this opportunity to say that I totally support finding the teacher who is right for you.
"First-teacher loyalty" can make people unsure about whether they should switch or stick it out, but don't worry about it! I will always be here (inshallah) for those who really want to take class with me.
If you want to look around and try a different teacher, please do! I won't be offended. I would much rather have you get what you need with someone else than to stay with me and be unhappy thinking about what you may be missing.
I drove over an hour to get to my teacher - I took private lessons 2 or 3 times a month so it was worth the drive. Don't just go to a teacher because she's convenient - go get what you need wherever it is.
If you do decide to go to other classes, be confident that I'll support your decision and give you my blessings, and you'll be welcome back too! No worries, be happy."
But I do have concerns when students who
study me also start to take class with other teachers at
the same time:
These are the reasons I require my student performers (the PRISM Dancers) to sign a Performer's Agreement before they dance with me; one of the conditions being that they allow a minimum of 2 weeks "free time" before and after being in a show, so they have time to rehearse.My favorite quote from Ozel Turkbas: "Not everyone in the world has to be your fan."