Hard Decisions

What to do?

It’s strange how your whole life can suddenly change. A year ago I was working my body lots with performances, lessons and events but this year so much has changed and it is my mind that is now on overdrive. I have had to take a step back and for once put my personal and family life first which has led me to make the hardest and saddest decision of my career.

In 2018 I had planned to come back to teaching and already had the next course pretty worked out but sadly last year I lost my Ashford venue due to a bit of a conflict with the manager. I hated that I had to stop my classes early but I thought that maybe coming back to teaching with just one class in Folkestone would make the transition from mother to instructor a bit easier.

Then a few weeks ago I found out that I would also have no Folkestone venue to come back to since the space was now taken by a Zumba class. It has been a long time since I took a break from teaching and it’s understandable that they would hire it out to someone who needed it now. It has taken me ages to find a suitable venue in Folkestone after two attempts and the fact is space for a reasonable price that can fit a class is hard to find.

So over the last few weeks I have been trying to figure out what to do about the situation I was in. In the end I came to the decision to stop teaching for now and focus on my own dance goals.It does make me sad since I had lots of students who were so keen on learning and had so much fun coming to my classes but I hope that in the future once my life has calmed down a bit I can start teaching again. I guess I just believe that the universe is telling me I need to focus my time and attention on my family right now.

So is that it for Metamorphosis Belly Dance?

No way! I have so many ideas in my head that need to be done plus I need this business to keep my own identity rather than just being a mother. I plan to keep my professional performing going with local events, birthday, wedding and any other performance opportunities that come my way. I will be using my time to promote myself more to get back in the dancing game and hopefully find a regular gig. I have been so focused with planning courses that I haven’t really had a chance to develop my own performances and choreography so this opportunity will allow me to do so which I am excited about.

Also I definitely plan to keep the Eastern Delights troupe going since this is where I have so many ideas that I need to fulfil. The troupe is a way for my creative side to come out and play since I know my girls can be challenged and I can experiment a lot more with them. I will need to find a new rehearsal space but this shouldn’t be as hard since my requirements are not quite as big as they are with classes. I think the troupe is what I am really looking forward to since I have great fun with them and I can finally let my mind go wild with creativity.

I also want to say THANK YOU to all of my students who attended my classes over the last 5 years. I have had so much fun and we have performed at some great events including the Folkestone Multi-Cultural festival and the Metamorphosis showcases. I hope you all got something from the classes even if it was just more self confidence and a new love of dance. If I find a new space becomes available and I feel ready to come back and teach I will certainly be up for it so this isn’t the end, just an interlude of Metamorphosis

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Making Those Hard Decisions