Teaching dance classes and choreographing routines requires a lot of time and dedication. Dance instructor Ruth Hoagboon has sacrificed many things in order to be a better teacher at Études de Ballet in Naples, Florida.

Hoagboon has overcome many difficult situations at the dance studio. Her way to handle stress and pressure has helped her become a sophisticated person.

“I have to remember that I cannot please everyone all the time,” Hoagboon said. “I do the best I can with the resources I have.”

Since she prioritizes the studio, Hoagboon makes it clear that she will take whatever measures necessary for the good of it.

“I had to ask a family not to return to the studio,” Hoaboon said. “They were having a negative impact on the other students and parents and causing a lot of stress and anxiety. It was a hard decision to make because I knew the dancer would be very upset at not being allowed to dance at the studio anymore. It was the right thing to do though, because everyone was much happier in the long run.”

Hoagboon believes her teaching skills are efficient and is always willing to learn different ways of teaching.

“I have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to dance,” Hoagboon said. “I always want to learn more. It can be hard to say ‘no’ when you know it will upset a dancer, even if you know it is the best thing for [them].”

Although she is passionate about dancing, Hoagboon makes sure to prioritize her family as well. 

“I have to delegate,” Hoagboon said. “Time with my family is important and I make sure to spend time every day with them even if it’s only for a little while.”

Hoagboon has had many years of experience in building up her teaching and dancing skills. She has learned to trust many of her students and their families.

“My students motivate me,” Hoagboon said. “Seeing the love and passion they have for dance always helps me through the stressful times.”