[ee edit: this is both interesting and novel so I made a new topic for it]
I have been thinking seriously about making the decision to go Pro, but am very reluctant/ confused/ uncertain about it. I guess I need some advice...(This question might not belong here so please redirect me if I need to post elsewhere.)
So I should start out by saying that I am currently dancing Pro/Am, Open American Style- But I am certain I will not be able to afford to continue Pro/Am much longer because of the high expense, I am also funding my University education on my own so it all has become just too much. The logical thing to do to cut costs would be to find an Amateur partner, I have been trying to find an AM partner for 2 years with no success- so this option seems less and less viable... My job waiting tables (the only job i've been able to get while still at University) simply does not cover the high costs of pro-am dancing.
According to the NDCA, pro/AMS are not allowed to teach at all- under any circumstances: or they will be banned from competition. I understand why this rule exists, but it does seem to limit the options of anyone who is not independently wealthy. I have heard of people who teach anyway, and just keep everything under the table so to speak, but I have no intention of breaking the rules. To me that sounds like a dangerous game that I SO do NOT want to get caught up in...
So the only option I can see, in order to keep dancing at all, is to 'go pro' and to apply at a studio to teach lessons while I try to finish my last semesters at University. But I am terribly reluctant to do this for several reasons:
a) I don't feel ready for it.
b) I have always thought that the undertrained/ under-qualified 'pros' were on some level being mildly dishonest and sometimes hinder a students dance education. Which I do not want to do at all!
c) Being a great teacher means being fully invested in your students progress, and that kind of puts one's own dance training on the shelf for a little while at least, if not indefinitely.
d) Once (If) I do 'go pro' there is still a huge chance that I might not find a partner for a while, if ever, or one might appear within not much time at all. Possibilities are endless.
e) It feels like an irresponsible decision, to teach when I still have so much to learn myself... But would it be so horrible of me to teach Bronze/ Beginner lessons to help pay for University and to keep dancing?
But the truth is, the money has run out for me to keep dancing Pro/Am. And to STOP dancing completely.. is unthinkable. I love it. More than I could ever explain. I wake up and fall asleep thinking about dancing, I live for my next lessons and am never happier than when i'm sweaty and exhausted from hours of practice rounds in the studio. (Which sounds kind of silly...lol) I have been dancing since I was 4 years old (in various styles) and to just 'let it go' and to face a desk job would be devastating to me...
...A friend of mine asked me for help the other day with a step she couldn't get, and i actually had a lot of fun trying to figure out the best way to explain it to her. It was like a giant word puzzle, and I loved it! And I just thought about how teaching could be such a rewarding and fulfilling experience for someone... Even if you are just teaching someone the basics, it means passing along something that we (as dancers) are all passionate about.
I am sorry this is a novel of a post, but thank you for reading it, i really have been thinking about it for months.... I would really really appreciate any advice you would be willing to give. Also it is highly likely that there's a really great solution I just haven't thought of/ missed entirely... so if I'm missing something blindingly obvious, please tell
Thanks Again, And Have a Great Day!