Summer Intensive Season is here! You have probably already seen  a million articles on how to stay healthy and get the most out of your summer training, whether it’s a local one week workshop or an out of state 8 week program where you hope they will ask you to stay on for the year. At Cheval our June Guest Post covers a lot of the basics from note taking to daily recovery and maintenance. So this short post is about something many of us take for granted or don’t think about: other people at your training studio.

  • Be polite to EVERYONE. You may be asked to dance together for an end of workshop showing, or you may end up working at the same company later! Teachers and directors are watching you in class between combinations and outside of class. If you seem easy to work with, you will naturally get more attention in class and in any choreography sessions, which can lead to bigger parts on stage if there is a showing or performance.
  • Being polite at all times includes the pianist, the receptionist, and the custodian. Being an artist is about being gracious with your whole self at all times. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated, and for the most part, you will be treated well.
  • When a fellow student is hard to get along with, just get away. Don’t try to call him/her out. It’s not worth your precious time or energy at an intensive where you need to work hard. If this person is being physically or verbally intimidating, privately express concerns to an adult in charge.
  • Getting along with a teacher who isn’t working for you can be harder. At an intensive you want to learn as many new things as you can, but sometimes new material or a new teaching style can really rub the wrong way. Keep in mind that it’s only for a short time. Try to see the new way of doing something as a new tool in your box. You don’t ever have to use it again if you don’t want to. But do remember to always be polite. Of course, if a guest teacher is being abusive, privately talk to an adult in charge as soon as possible, and never do something you feel would genuinely be unsafe.

What tips do you have for working with new people? Do you have an experience where a teacher’s method at first made no sense, but ended up helping you? We’d love to hear about it!

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