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« on: May 25, 2009, 09:21:57 PM »

OK, I was looking at the thread about lessons cost and where everyone takes their lessons. So now I'm thinking - how important is it to be part of a studio? What's everyone's take on this?

I'll start. My teacher turned independent, so we were somewhat nomadic in the last few years. I think I can count about 10 different places where we rented the floor (give or take a couple). As a side effect of this, I am not particularly attached to any studio as a place. I went to the open parties at the local studio until it closed and when the new place opens, I'll go to their open parties, but that's about the level of attachment I have to any particular place. So obviously for me the fact that I don't belong to a studio is not that important, as long as there is floor space we can rent.
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 02:28:41 AM »

I would love to have a home studio for practice puroses...we have a large living space but full of furniture, I am not sure as an investmant if it is worth it. It depends on how much you would have to pay to rent a floor to offset the cost of the room. But for convienence it would be worth it alone for me
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2009, 08:18:06 AM »

ttd, if you are happy with your pro, then I'm not sure why you would need a home studio, especially if you are able to go to dances, etc. at the places where he rents space.
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009, 10:39:08 PM »

ttd, if you are happy with your pro, then I'm not sure why you would need a home studio, especially if you are able to go to dances, etc. at the places where he rents space.

Yes, absolutely, so I don't really understand the attachment level some people feel to the place. And I have met someone like that, whose loyalty was to the studio and not the teacher. They're retired and on the older side, though, I'm quite sure they're eligible for social security.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2009, 01:32:04 PM »

Well ... for me I feel an attachment to my studio, the owners, the family, my pro and his wife. I am just the type of person who will not "hop" teachers. I just won't promote other studios they way I do my own. That is me. I feel at home there, welcome and it is comforting.

But it is hard earned trust and comradeship that I have built at my studio. As they are from europe and have a bit of difficulty "letting" new people so close. And I understand it and accept it. They are friendly, nice, funny, caring individuals and it makes me feel like I am apart of their family. Probably adds to the loyalty factor.

I don't know I think too it is because my studio (the studio itself that is, not the people) is large, comfy, located between 2 interstates and right off the beltway exit, free parking, no stairs, a good part of town. It is an ideal place. My home away from home.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2009, 01:40:24 PM »

Well, now, I do understand how people can get attached to a home studio.  They have a nice instructor, but probably take a group class or two a week with someone who is not their instructor and go to a social or two a month where they see many more people.  So, the attachment is to the experience the studio provides and not only the instructor.  I would also guess these are couples, not someone who comes in as a single and has a lot of one on one time with an instructor. 

I had great attachment to my old studio and the owners.  I am willing to have great attachment to the new studio, as well as my new instructor.  It is to the place as well as the people.....
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009, 06:04:46 PM »

I like to have several studios that I can drop into and call home - I'm a bit of a loner I suppose in that I find it a bit cloying to be only at one.  My favorite is actually a dance hall where we go for social dances - I know people well enough to say hello and chat but not so well that I feel compelled to sit with anyone in particular (except of course DP). 

OTOH if for any reason I ended up withouth a partner again I might change my opinion fast Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2009, 05:34:00 AM »

when you say home studio is it in your own home, or are you meaning your local/regular studio?
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2009, 10:43:52 AM »

a local/regular studio that you call home. or a home away from home. one your are fiercely loyal to, blah blah blah .... some take it to the extremes, others do not. depends on individual peoples and situations.
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2009, 11:25:24 AM »

when you say home studio is it in your own home, or are you meaning your local/regular studio?

I meant it figuratively, that's why I put the word in quotes. The one you go regularly to, where you might take group classes, maybe not just with your own teacher, but with other teachers as well, go to parties there etc.
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2009, 08:34:54 PM »

Thanks for the clarification.. We have two studios that we call home one is where we have group classes and privates and the other private lessons and train for that style. I feel like they are sisters or brothers to me.. I feel comfortable and happy at both.

I think it is nice to have a base where you can truly be yourself and that you ask and receive advice honestly, I don't believe that it needs to be one. Too many on the other hand would dilute the experience you are trying to achieve.
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2009, 11:00:19 PM »

Ah thanks for the clarification. LOL
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2009, 04:07:58 PM »

Home the abstract versus home the concrete.

Yes, it's important to have the familiarity of the concept of "home"- whether it be with a travelling pro or group, or at an actual studio. In training, there needs to be an underlying basis of solidarity and consistency upon which to elaborate with different or new things garnered from other sources.
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2009, 10:27:21 PM »

My home studio belongs to my pro, so to me they're pretty much the same thing.  Having said that I must say i am attached to the space; I've been there since they opened the place.  My pro lets me come practice when i will, and I've been there early on a weekend when no one else was around.  Something magical about having a big ol' dance floor all to yourself.
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2009, 09:48:28 AM »

one of our coaches had to move venues, the new ones don't have mirrors and I miss the mirrors.... Undecided, but I go to where the good coaching is despite the mirrors that is why we have a home studio in the end
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