Thank you. Two words most of us never seem to hear enough of, especially as parents. Am I right? I mean, we’re not usually looking for a thank you; and most of the time we just don’t expect it, but it is nice to hear it once in awhile.
The same is true for our dance teachers. They work hard to share their love of dance and fitness with their students. I’m often amazed at how they remember each dancer’s name and how they can command a room full of teenagers, or toddlers, all while teaching them technique and choreography. In addition, they are also instilling dedication and discipline into our children, thus making them well rounded individuals that we can all be proud of. Plus, they have a ton of energy and make every class fun!
I believe all teachers make an impact on their students, whether they help build someone’s confidence or help them perfect a dance move. Our dance teachers inspire us in many ways. Many times their impact stays with us forever, and the least we can do is thank them!
Here are 7 ways you can thank your dance teacher today!
- Do your best. This is the easiest thing you can do. One way to show you appreciate your teacher is to simply do your best. When you shine, they shine. They take pride in knowing that they had a hand in teaching you to be the best dancer you can be.
- Bring a friend to class. Have you ever heard that saying, “the highest compliment we could receive is a referral of a friend?” I usually see it at dental or doctor’s offices, but it still stands true here. When you bring a friend to class you’re letting your dance teacher, and the studio, know that you value what they teach. Bring your friend to class, introduce them to your teachers and tell them why you think they’re so great!
- Show up, listen up. In order to do your best you have to show up to class, be on time and be sure to listen. By doing all these things you’re letting your teacher know that you are serious about dance class. By showing up and listening you give your dance teacher the motivation to keep going. You inspire them by showing up!
- Be a good example. While in class, be a good example. If possible, be a model student for your peers. Follow the rules, ask questions and offer to help. Be proactive and show a genuine effort to support those around you.
- Show them what you learned. Dance teachers want to see the fruits of their labor. If there’s a move you’re having trouble with but are taking time to perfect outside of class, pull your teacher aside and show her you have finally mastered it. If you used your talents outside of class, such as in a school talent show or play, show them. If you invite them but they can’t physically be at your performance you can tag them on social media or send them a video. I guarantee they’ll be excited for you. And I can almost guarantee they’ll be smiling on the inside, and outside knowing they’ve touched your life in some magical way.
- Bring them a gift. Gifts are always welcome, but as you can see from reasons one through five they’re not necessary. But they are always a great way to show your appreciation to your teachers. Gifts don’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful. Do some research to find out what your teachers like or get them something that reminds you of them. Gift cards are easy and it gives them a way to treat themselves at their convenience. Flowers, coffee/ tea and photos of you together are always my personal go to.
- Just say it. Or write it in a nice note. Just saying thank you, believe it or not, is a thoughtful gesture and is much appreciated. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple “thank you.” They are always welcome and when not expected makes a huge impact.
How will you thank your dance teacher today?
Author Bio: Angela Quisumbing is a dance mom of two! She is the founder and editor of The Pinky Project, a local community family and lifestyle blog where she writes and shares her adventures in parenting. Her daughter is in the Ballet/Jazz combo and Beginning Hip Hop. She hopes to join her in taking classes soon!