Q: Do you monitor what your dancers post on social media?
A: The short answer is no, we do not. That being said, we do talk to our dancers about being responsible and respectful of others. If something online is brought to our attention that concerns us, we will address the situation with the dancers involved and take the proper steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I do know fellow studio owners who keep tabs on all their dancers’ postings on social media and consequently address anything they consider to be an inappropriate representation of the dancers in their studio. Some even prohibit their competitive dancers to have private accounts.
I believe that young people and adults alike will often write a comment on social media that they would never say to someone’s face, and it concerns me. I personally would be very happy to have the studio be a “social-media-free zone,” where dancers would have no choice but to converse with each other. I think that their social skills would improve greatly. That being said, as a studio owner and teacher, I feel that it’s a parent’s responsibility to supervise their own child’s social-media accounts.