We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
It was all my husband and 2 of my good friends! I used to be a high school dance team director and absolutely loved my job. But, when I had my second child and my first child started kindergarten, I resigned so I could focus on them. I took a year off and missed teaching horribly! My husband and friends suggested that I do my own thing. My thoughts were “yeah right. Who on earth would hire me?” Well, one of my director friends asked me to come work with her team. Then another director heard about me and had me come in. Then, 2 of her friends had me come in. It kind of took off from there!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think that I’m fortunate enough to get to work with all of the dancers I do because I’m super encouraging and positive. I of course have high expectations and push them hard, but I do it all with love and encouragement. I want dance to be a vehicle to build confidence, not tear anyone down. I am so proud of every accomplishment, big and small. I’m proud when a dancer nails something she/he has been working on. I was also proud when my dancers became Houston Texans cheerleaders or got selected for their collegiate squad. I’m proud when they set goals for themselves. I’m proud when they’re proud of themselves. It has not always been easy in this field. There’s so many talented teachers and choreographers!!! But, I received amazing advice from my friend, Sheila Milner (a legendary dance teacher!!) . She reminds me every time I get down on myself that people come to me for a reason, and I need to not give up. Her words were “a tried and true classic, will remain a classic” I also think I have had so many great opportunities by being kind. If I see choreography done by someone else and I like it, I’ll tell them “that was great”. I believe you should always give credit where credit is due.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My absolute favorite place to eat during studio breaks is Local Table in Katy! It’s super yum and has so many delicious, healthy options! Plus, it’s right by the studio I teach at (Becky’s)!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely have to give a shout out to my husband. He insisted I go back to teaching. He gave me the push to put myself out there. My husband is super supportive and recognizes how much teaching and dance mean to me. I also have to shout out to my friend Meoka. She’s always told me to create the life I want. She also gives me so much encouragement to not be afraid to put myself out there.
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