Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 159 - Goodbye

Ep. 159 – Goodbye

Episode 159: 3 Things I Wish I Knew About Saying Goodbye to My Dancers


At the end of every dance season, there comes a time to say goodbye. Every year, as both a teacher and a coach, I watch young men and women I've grown close to graduate and move on to the next phase of their life. Whether it's at banquets or graduations, watching a senior leave the program is usually heavy with some complex emotions. One mental skill I often focus on is resilience, and big life transitions like this usually need some extra resilience.

In today’s episode, I’ll be sharing my thoughts about saying goodbye to our dancers during this time of transition, because it can be hard. I’ve learned a lot over the years about saying goodbye and the mindset that helps you be resilient to this kind of change, so I’ll give you three things to remind yourself of when you find yourself navigating the inevitable emotions of saying goodbye. If you're having a hard time letting go of your dancers this year, I hope this episode is helpful to you!

“So what I want to remind you is that you are now that person to your dancers. Even when you say goodbye, you will have a lasting influence on their lives. They will think of you and the lessons you taught, the motivational phrases you've said a million times. When you are a positive mentor in a young life, that work doesn't stop when the relationship shifts. Your work will always be with them.”

Dr Chelsea

Key Highlights –

  • [2m 35s] – It Can Be Tough to Say Goodbye
  • [4m 20s] – Three Things to Remember When Saying Goodbye
  • [4m 33s] – #1: Think of Your Own Resilience
  • [6m 26s] – #2: Reframe The Idea of a Goodbye[8m 04s] – #3: You’ll Have a Lasting Impact on Your Dancers

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