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“We are always a family, whether it is by blood or by heart,” Miss Tania Robins said.

If you are a studio owner or an aspiring one, you will understand the importance of creating a safe space for your students. However, the vision is sometimes far from reality for some dance entrepreneurs. Melbourne studio owner, renowned dance adjudicator and VCE VET Lecturer Tania Robins reveals her knowledge about creating a sanctuary for students to enjoy.

Jive performed by Aniello Langella and Khrystyna Moshenska, Italy 2012. Photo: By Ailura (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Jive performed by Aniello Langella and Khrystyna Moshenska, Italy 2012. Photo: By Ailura

December is the peak season for partner split-ups and join-ups.  The desperate plea can be heard of females looking for a male, capable of stepping one foot in front of the other, hoping they might join them at the hip – literally.

So if you find yourself in that predicament of looking for a new partner (like me), what do we need to look for?

Here are six things to keep in mind when searching for your future dance partner.

Little ballerinas standing eagerly in front of their teacher.
Little ballerinas standing eagerly in front of their teacher.

I have recently started teaching again and the single thing I love most of all is to see a smile on my students’ faces. To know you have the ability to improve a child’s physical coordination and mental determination level are wonderful things. So how can you become that teacher who inspires and motivates their students?

There are five easy steps to follow. No qualifications necessary. It is all about attitude and approach.

A career in dance is certainly the road less travelled. Many young and talented dancers are ready to leap into a professional career, but do they know the slim odds before diving in? As time ticks over, the majority of dancers struggle in this vulnerable and unstable industry. Only a small percentage of dancers make it to the ‘big time,’ landing successful roles, nailing auditions and working within a professional company.

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