I think that when a bunch of girls spend a lot of time together, drama is unavoidable. Now couple that with an athlete’s natural competitiveness, and that seems to be the situation that a bunch of the girls at the studio have found themselves in.
Personally, it takes a lot to get me flustered. I’m pretty laid back, and my competitive side is easily silenced. So, I am not directly involved in the current studio drama, but one of my closest hammock friends is.
Kairos had a student (I’ll call her Missy) that has recently opened her own studio. The types of classes Missy offers and the format of those classes are very similar to what Kairos has to offer. Missy’s studio is only about ten minutes away from Kairos, so it is direct competition. To add insult to injury, lots of Kairos students have decided to teach for Missy. My friend is one of the new teachers.
On one hand I understand the general feeling of hurt and betrayal that the owner of Kairos feels. These are her students that she helped mold, and now they are leaving her, poaching other students, stealing business, and copying the system that she has developed.
On the other hand I understand Missy’s desire to create another studio. Cirque dance is a lot of fun, and it is gaining popularity. Now is the time to get into the business. Kairos has a successful business model and an established clientele, so why not copy it? And as for the students turned teachers, well it wasn’t like Kairos was going to hire them.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of animosity between the two studios. Even vendors seem to be picking sides. For instance, one lady makes really cute headbands and sells them to both studios, but at Kairos she charges $5 each, and at Missy’s place, she charges $8.
My friend got let go from her job a few months ago, so to have this opportunity to get paid to teach what she loves to do was one that she didn’t want to pass up. It seems to me, though, that she has a bit of a conflict of interests: she continues to take classes from Kairos.
I totally understand this as well. The teachers at Kairos are wonderful! They are nice, supportive, and knowledgeable. They will continue to challenge my friend in a way that she wouldn’t get if she were to leave Kairos.
I don’t know… Maybe drama isn’t what you all wanted to hear about today. But it’s been on my mind a lot lately, and writing helps me to sort out my feelings. So thanks for listening. If you want, you can tell me in the comments your views/opinions of the warring studios.
I’ll leave you on a happy note. Here is one of my other aerialist friends and her victory. Lindsey has been taking hammock for three years, and this move has always eluded her. It’s called a cross-back handstand because after you invert, you cross the fabric behind your back. This is what allows you to rest upside down (like a handstand) in the hammock. It is tricky because while your hands are busy trying to cross the fabric, the squeezing of your inner thighs is the only thing holding you up. As you can imagine, it is easy to slip down and not have enough room to cross the fabric and extend your arms. It has many variations, and we were practicing one of them in class the other night. Something in me felt like I should record Lindsey give it yet another try:
It’s not perfect, and it’s not especially pretty ( a new trick is first about actually doing it and then making it beautiful later), but this is what progress looks like!