By Sydney Hotard
This is an interview with Cayce Hotard, the new owner and operator of Sherian’s School of Dance, who also happens to be my mother.
Q. Did you ever think you’d own a dance studio?
A. It’s not what was my original plan, for sure. I saw myself more as coaching a dance team for a high school, teaching it in a college, or something along those lines.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I guess I always saw myself as a teacher in some form or another. When I was in junior high, I knew that I wanted to teach, I just didn’t know what it would be at that point.
How long did you dance when you were younger?
I started dance when I was two and a half, and I danced ‘til my first year in college.
What did you do before Sherian’s?
Immediately before this, I was a stay at home homeschool mom for five years. Before that, I was a credentialed Montessori teacher in early childhood level for seven years.
Why did you decide to buy the studio?
There are a lot of reasons involved. One was that if I didn’t, there would be a lot of kids who make dance their life have no place to dance. I was also looking for a career opportunity at the time, and this just happened to be an opportunity that was placed before me. It’s also something that I’m uniquely qualified for, between my previous dance experience, being a dance mom, and having the resources to pursue it.
How did you feel about this job before taking it?
The dance aspect was really exciting, but the business aspect was really intimidating. It’s worked out, though.
How do you feel about it now?
It’s a lot of work, it’s much much more than anybody would ever think it is on the surface. There’s a ridiculous amount of underlying business that needs to be taken care of that people don’t even realize.
What do you plan on doing after this?
Probably retirement, that’s a likely thing for somebody that’s in my age bracket.
What is you inspiration in this job?
I saw it as a second chance to do something that I probably should’ve done a long time ago.
Do you have any advice for aspiring dancers/dance teachers?
Take as many classes in as many different genres of dance as you possibly can, from as many different instructors as humanly possible. The key to being a successful dancer is being a well rounded dancer, and knowing a little bit of everything.