According to D Magazine, Dallas Power House of dance was voted best studio in Dallas. Knowing this excited me. I knew that DPH (Dallas Power House) had to be one of my top 5 places to check out. I had very high hopes due to the fact that I’ve taken a few ballroom and hip hop classes, and because of the recognition and features on various local news channels. Unfortunately, it did not turn out to be as great as I had hoped. I honestly thought that this experience would be fantastic and perfect considering my previous involvement. I was looking forward to promote and help share about the studio so that they could (ideally) get more followers and clients. Due to my most recent encounters, I am sad to say that I had little desire to promote or encourage people to attend Dallas Power House of Dance.
Previously, I would look forward to taking classes at the studio. There was an instructor who made dancing fun, always encouraged his class, taught in a way that made the move easy to do, and just really knew what to say to make you want to come back every single week. He has now retired, and does social media work for the studio. In case you didn’t know, this studio is mainly geared towards teaching dance to kids. They also offer dance classes to adults and a few fitness classes (new to me) as well.
I was hoping to interview a manager or any staff personnel (in hopes of promoting and understanding the studio more), but ended up not talking with anyone just because of the frustrations I experienced. When I contacted them to let them know I was interested in highlighting and checking out their studio, they told me that they would have preferred I had a bigger following and to come back when I did. I went ahead and featured DPH because I was informed that I could still show up, but at this point, it was not the preferred timing. I understand wanting to have a bigger following so that you can have more people attend your studio, but that rubs me the wrong way just a little bit. I had somewhat of relationship with a few people at the studio, and was looking for support for what I was doing. The two previous fitness spots I checked out knew I was at the very beginning stage of this promotion/blogging process, and both were very supportive and helpful in letting me feature them. I view it as free advertising even though it is to a smaller audience. I figured some good publicity is better than negative. Even though I did not receive a warm welcome, I decided to still go and give them a chance.
When I arrived, I spoke with the receptionist, told her what I was doing, and she mentioned potentially doing a giveaway or some type of promotion. This started to change my attitude about the studio and I began looking forward to my first class. I misread the information about the class and thought I was taking a “booty” dancing class, but instead took a fitness class to work on the back side of the body. I was a little disappointed. The class description could be written somewhere online (I may have missed that), but I definitely was not prepared to take a workout class. I spoke with the instructor who was very nice and lead a good workout. Before the class started, I went in to try to meet some people. Some were warm and welcoming, and others were not. There was a group of girls who reminded me of Regina George and her crew from Mean Girls. I approached them, but received a “we don’t want to talk to you” vibe. It was an interesting dynamic. During the class, most, if not all, were watching the girls while the girls were in a way performing to receive the attention they wanted. I wanted to make sure that this wasn’t something I was making up in my head, so I asked my friend who joined me what her thoughts were, and she expressed the exact same thing. I spoke with a few other people who attended the class for the first time who also mentioned their disappointment in the atmosphere and class itself. They too thought it was going to be a dance class. This vibe made the desire lessen to check out other classes for the rest of the week.