We delayed the release of this episode as we felt it necessary to have discussions related to current events. Please enjoy our first 'official' episode of the Co-Lab Podcast.
After serving the dance community for nearly 6 years, we suffered as an afterthought to retail developers. We understood that it was “just business”, but we never treated it as such. To us it was much more- we had a dance family that relied on us as their dance home and we felt as though we failed them and failed ourselves. Through this entire journey from studio conception to closure, we’ve learned a lot as entrepreneurs but also as members of the community. As part of moving forward, we’re excited to launch this podcast and re-engage with the dance community! We sit down and have a candid and transparent discussion about closing our studio doors, resenting yet eventually accepting failure, saying our final “good-bye” to The BOX legacy and life after the studio. We also hear from some of the BOX Dance Studio’s alumni!
In this episode, we explore:
00:28 Introduction: It’s Our First Podcast Episode!
00:40 A little BOX Dance Studio history
02:20 The BOX Dance Studio’s first space
03:02 Moving to the BOX’s second space
05:02 Hello! From Emmanuel Barongan, BOX Dance Studio Alumni
06:22 Our ‘why’
06:42 The BOX’s third and final move
07:17 A true testament of our dance family
08:38 Closing the BOX Dance Studio doors and how we coped with our loss
10:49 Hello! From Chavia Blankenship, BOX Dance Studio Alumni
12:42 Recovery and Life after the Studio
13:34 Recognizing, resenting, and eventually accepting failure
15:56 Hello! From Kiara Pornan, BOX Dance Studio Alumni
16:58 Saying “good-bye” to our BOX Dance Studio legacy
20:13 The dark place of shame
22:04 Hello! From Erik Molina, BOX Dance Studio Alumni
24:36 Healing and moving forward
29:30 A full-circle moment
30:35 Learning from our experience and our biggest takeaways
33:44 What’s good in the dance community?
37:03 Closing remarks
Special thanks to Jane Banares for creating our Co-Lab Podcast artwork!
Music by Sam Stan - Das Boo - https://thmatc.co/?l=997FC418
Music by SkeetOnTheBeat - Late Night - https://thmatc.co/?l=E76B5749
Quotes/ Important Takeaways:
“...it was such a painful experience that we were hit with not only anger and frustration but I think a lot of shame…” -Devin Luu
“We now view failure as a measurement of our growth” - Devin Luu