Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Gonzalez.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Cheryl. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
At the age of five, I began my first ballet and tap class and fell in love with it. From here I took all the classes and conventions I could possibly take. My original teacher retired and I was devastated. I wanted to be just like her, a former Radio City Rockette who finished performing and then opened up her own dance studio. She guided me to find another place to study where I quickly fit in. This new school had a great reputation. His students went on to dance professionally on Broadway, in theme parks, companies and teaching. This sparked my fire and I was determined to work hard and be one of those people. We also went to dance competitions which was new for me but totally exciting. When I got a bit older I started helping the younger dancers with their solos and really enjoyed it. I then graduated high school and my teacher asked if I would like to teach some classes. I’m sure I was jumping up and down inside of myself but I kept my composure. I was completely honored that he thought I’d be ready to take on such a position. So I commuted home from college on the weekends to teach and loved it. I joined the Dance Society at my college and then took on the position of its director for 2 years and then ultimately chose dance as my career. Once I graduated college, I taught full time and then started managing the main studio I worked for. From here I was offered the opportunity to take over a small dance studio in Medway and my dreams were starting to come true. With hours of working in and on the business, Step by Step is what it is today. A place were dancers can come, feel at home, learn an art and values that can last a life time. It’s my happy place where I can pass on the passion and love for the art of dance. We’re like a big family and all my faculty shares the same values. I guess that’s why we work so well together. We’re a team! We have recreational and competitive programs. Our dancers have gone on to win titles, competitions, special awards, dance at college and I’ve even had some go on to dance at theme parks. I guess I’m following in the shadows of my mentor.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
With any business there’s always bumps in the road. I guess my biggest struggle is getting enough sleep. Ha ha. (I also have 2 kids and a husband). I tend to send emails at 1 am and get a lot of my administrative stuff done when my kids are asleep or in the morning when they are at school. It’s a juggling act. I don’t want to miss family stuff, although I sometimes do, and I want to get everything done for the studio so I just stay up late. It was more difficult when my kids were little but now I have systems in place and a great staff so things are easier.
Please tell us about Step by Step Studio of Dance.
We are a dance studio that offers classes from 18 month olds through adult. We offer the most classes and subjects in the area (toddler & preschool classes, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop, acro and adult fitness. We have boys only and adult only class in tap & jazz.) We also have recreational and competitive programs and believe that dance is a healthy, life-long tool. It helps build confidence, poise, dedication, self-discipline and team work. Qualities that can be used for a life time. We promote FACE … Our values summed up in a fun and memorable manner. We make classes Fun and encourage friendships and teamwork. Through hard work and dedication, Accomplishments are made and goals are achieved. Through positive reinforcement and a comfortable friendly environment Confidence is made. By motivating the dancers to be the best they can be, they become Enthusiastic to learn … the FACE of Step by Step. We also try to help the community. We do a food drive at Thanksgiving and perform at town day in the spring. We like to show our support for the community.
We love to see that shy little dancer get on stage, beam with confidence and have the time of her life. We chuckle when the little ones cry because it’s time to go home or they have to take their ballet slippers off. We have tears of joy when a hard working dancer performs their personal best. We are grateful when our graduates come back over their college breaks and take class. It’s truly a family and we are proud of our members. Since this is our 20th season we are now having our former dancers bring their children to the studio (now I feel old lol).
We also have a competition team that competes at regional and national competitions. They do a great job and we are so proud of them. They have won numerous awards along with titles and trophies. Of course we are thrilled with the outcome but it’s not about the trophies. It’s about learning, applying and getting better and of course enjoying it!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over I think I would have systemized things more. That would have given me more sleep, I mean less time working administratively. Systemizing really saves a lot of time and time is very valuable. As I’m getting older I realize this more.
- Address: 9 Lincoln Street, Medway, MA 02053
- Website: www.StepByStepStudioOfDance.com
- Phone: 508-533-1953
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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