In June my family and I decided it was time for a change, and the studio was put up for sale.
For some, dance in Powell River had changed. What used to be a setting of "Do your OWN thing!" "Focus on YOUR path!" "Dance is a positive form of self expression and creativity!", the message had started to morph into "Which studio do YOU dance at?" "MY dance studio is better than YOUR dance studio." etc. etc. These changes were sucking the love out of dance, at least for the SDA team. I needed to step back from the negativity, and the part I was playing in the scheme of things.
My goal was to find someone to step into my shoes. Someone who's long history with SDA wouldn't leave them feeling devastated if a long time dancer decided to move, or a naysayer said something nasty about our studio on social media. The hope was to find a lovely, positive person to take the reigns and lead our dancers on the amazing path of dance, that they have embarked on.
Turns out Powell River is a pretty sought after place (we knew that didn't we)! I had a studio owner from Alberta interested, and TWO from Vancouver island - including Shawna and Buddy from CR Dance Xtreme! This is also how Kindree Melrose and I got to talking. Kindree was the perfect person to take over. She already lives here, she has family in Powell River, and a support system that would help her on a successful path of studio ownership. It wasn't in the cards for her family to step in quite yet, but it's all worked out wonderfully. I get to stay with my dancers for our 10th Anniversary Season and a proper goodbye, Kindree will step in and teach our Ballet, and some Jazz Classes, and if the stars align she'll take on the role of ownership by late Spring!
I'm really excited for this final year in Powell River. I'm excited to get back to the positive feelings that used to come from running my studio, and teaching. A weight has been lifted. This is my last year here, my TENTH, and I'm going to enjoy it to the FULLEST! I've had so many people remind me these last few months, of what I've done for their children, and how I've helped our community. I'm going to put 100% of my focus on those things and let all the other garbage slide. Of course it would have been great to do this all along - but I was too hurt to stay positive a lot of the time. I won't elaborate on the hurt, or the garbage, as it's in the past, and I have my eyes set on the bright horizon that is the 2017-2018 Dance Season!
To our super organized parents who have long since registered, thank you! To our lovely and loyal families who are in the process of registering, thank you! And to anyone who is ready to embark on our best year yet - we welcome you into our Dance Family with open arms.