February Featured Dance StudioThe Conservatory of Dance - Manistee, MI
Conservatory of Dance – Manistee, MI
This month’s featured dance studio is Conservatory of Dance located in Manistee, MI. This studio has been teaching the art of dance for over 25 years, with three different sets of owners. We are happy to introduce you to the newest owners, Shelli Golembiewski and Tarah Fancher. Enjoy!
DA: When did you start dancing?
Shelli: I started when I was four years old at the studio I now co-own.
Tarah: I got my start when I was 5 years old, also at the studio I now co-own.
DA: Who inspires you in the world of dance?
Shelli: I am inspired by lots of amazing dancers out there, but one of the most inspiring dancers I know would have to be Paul Craig, a soloist with the Boston Ballet (who also got his start at the Conservatory of Dance)! He is such a hardworking, determined, kind and humble human. He set his goals high and has never given up on them.
Tarah: Out of all the people in the world my kids (students) inspire me the most. Each year they push me further than I ever thought I could grow as a teacher. I want to always give them more. In turn, I need to know more. As they grow, I grow.
DA: Why did you decide to become a studio owner?
Shelli: I really want to pass my love for dance to future generations, just like my dance teachers did for me.
Tarah: I loved teaching dance and an opportunity arose!
DA: What is one of your favorite things about running a dance studio?
Shelli: Seeing my students grow to become successful adults and knowing that I played a part in their lives.
Tarah: Building a family within our studio and having it be a place for our kids to come and feel safe.
DA: What have you seen that makes a great dancer?
Shelli: Determination and the willingness to take corrections and apply them! I would rather see a dancer who listens and tries hard than one who is naturally gifted but skates by with little effort.
Tarah: Dedication and passion! Which almost come hand in hand. I believe hard work will take you further than anything else. And to add passion to that makes it even more rewarding to watch and work with.
DA: What piece of advice would you give to new dance studio owners?
Shelli: Treat your dancers and their parents like family, not like clients. Dance lessons are a luxury that not everyone can afford. Care for those that choose to attend your studio! Make them feel like they belong and they will never leave you.
Tarah: The advice I would give to new studio owners, would be, set your own business hours. There will always be people needing things but try and stick to your hours. You don’t want to ruin family time with someone else’s challenges. Also, you can’t please everyone. It’s your business run it the best way you feel.
DA: Anything else you would like to share?
Tarah: Regardless of each student’s dance path we always try to keep in mind that our goal is to be memory makers for our kids. Shelli & I cherish our memories and friendships we made at the studio growing up. So we want to do the same and more for our kids.
Shelli: What she said. 🙂
Want to find out more about The Conservatory of Dance?
Conservatory of Dance
a 50 Filer St. Manistee, MI 49660
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