I usually schedule my lessons around the group classes since the studio is about a 20 minute drive for me so I got there yesterday in time for the group. Turns out that I was the only advanced student there and my instructor was running way behind because a new couple had showed up 30 minutes late. This happens from time to time because there are only two of them who can do the closing sales pitch to new students so they get backed up a lot when they get a bolus of new students. Long term, it is a good thing for the studio which makes me happy because I want them to succeed but it creates some awkward moments like last night. So I had the option of going to the absolute beginners group or sitting out and maybe starting my lesson earlier. Did think about attending the beginner group but decided to opt for the chance to get some bonus lesson time (which didn’t happen by the way)
So, after the studio owner explains this, he wants to have a little chat about the dance-o-rama since I’ve had a couple of weeks to digest the experience. I have decided that I’m not going to tell them about the really low points like the rescue phone call on Saturday morning that helped me make it through that day. I would probably have to get into that a little bit before the next one just so they understand that there was much more going on than just nerves over the dancing. But, I can honestly say it was a positive experience and that’s what he said. He asked if I would do another one and again the answer is yes.
Then, he starts talking about how other students plan a year or two in advance and pick ones they want to go to and some do multiple events in a year and then started rattling off the more exotic ones like Hawaii and even mentioned that they’d have one in Australia and that they’ve had them in Italy in the past. Decided to just let him talk but then the cynical part of me took over my brain. I’ve worked for large corporations for too long and since I’m in management, I’ve been coached on how to sell changes to employees. The reality is that any change that was made has a benefit for the company but they don’t want to come out and say that. So what’s the connection here? Well, I’m wondering why he is pushing the most exotic (and probably most expensive) locations and figured there has to be an angle. There has to be something in it for him. Not sure what. Free trip to these places so they can compete or is he competing with his friends who own studios so he wants someone to start attending these events on a routine basis. The non-cynical part of me thinks that maybe he figures I’d enjoy going someplace far away.
Either way, I don’t really care because I’ll make up my own mind but I just found the conversation interesting. Bottom line for me though is that you spend so much time inside the hotel that it almost doesn’t matter where you are because you don’t get to see too much of it. For that reason, it doesn’t really make sense to me to spend the money jetting off to some far away place for the small amount of free time you might have. Granted, they always have one event for early arrivals but they charge for it. Take Hawaii for example. Yes, it would be nice but you aren’t going to sit on the beach wearing dance outfits so you’d need an awful lot of time between heats to take advantage of the location. I’ll stick with something I can get to via a car ride and take a real vacation if I want to see some of these places. Decided not to burst his bubble just yet but there is no Hawaii trip in the future unless he can talk someone else into going.