My Non-Competitive Students Have No Focus

Dear Diane,

I teach primarily competitive students, and really enjoy helping them prepare for competitions. Our lessons have structure and direction, and my students are motivated to work seriously on their dancing.

I am at a loss however, with my students who do not want to compete. They enjoy their lessons, but they seem totally unfocused. One day they want to do Rumba, the next day Tango, the next day Hustle. We can't seem to work on their dancing skills in any systematic fashion.

I've suggested performing in our studio showcase, but they aren't interested in that either. I'm worried that without a consistent goal to work towards, my students just want to be danced around.

I'm a good teacher, and I know I can help these students with their dancing, but I feel I'm losing focus too.

Please help.


Jared in Chicago