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Welcome to the Dance Boss Podcast! I'm your host, Erin Pompa (Pride). This podcast is for my fellow dancer entrepreneurs who are on a mission to share their dance expertise in the online space. You want to impact people across the globe, and you want to impact them in a BIG way! Oh and let’s not forget you want your pockets to reflect that too! Can I get a Heck Yes?! You are tired of playing small and are ready to show up, do the work, and share your message. Each week I help you do just tha ...
 
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Come on in, the water is fine! So this weekend I took Pilates with my sister and I’m thinking about joining. I also took my niece to Chick-fil-A. Chloe has arthritis in her back left leg and I’m thinking about enrolling her in therapy. Small things? Not for me! There was a time when I could do none of these things. Or I did them with tremendous fea…
 
Do you remember going to those dance conventions as a student? The highs you felt, being around all your friends, giggling and enjoying the moment. And the lows you felt when the dance instructor called you out for doing a sloppy chassé. Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t hold our students (or clients) accountable for what we have taught them. W…
 
Do you have anxiety around niching down? It’s like in dance class when a student isn’t executing a tendu devant property... Example 1: Teacher: point your toe hard Student: 🤷🏽‍♀️ Example 2: Teacher: lead with your heel, massage your toes on the floor, extend through the top of your ankle Student: 💡 The same goes for niching down! When you are vague…
 
How do you know your dance business is ready for a Culture Code reboot? Ask yourself a few questions… What are your values? How do YOU define them? How do you use them? You may be having trouble answering these questions, and that’s okay. When I first started out I had trouble too. But I realized that my core values are what lead me. They guide me …
 
You may identify as a dance specialist. OR You may be thinking… “WTF is that?!” OR You might be thinking… “Hmmm, dance specialist is a bold claim for me!” On the baseline level, a dance specialist is anyone who specializes in an area of expertise in the dance community that helps dancers or non-dancers reach a specific result. An area of expertise …
 
I love it when they call me Mrs. Pompa. NAME CHANGE ALERT! I’m taking my husbands’ name both personally and professionally. And I want you to know this was a f**kin hard decision. Not because I don’t love him, but because I have worked my ass off building a brand based on my name: Erin Pride. When thinking through this decision I found myself in fe…
 
How we spend our days is how we live our lives… If you want to live your life a different way, you have to spend your days a different way. Quiz time! How do you plan your day? Are you: A. A time blocking ninja B. A take the day as it comes person C. A scrambler - tries to plan, wants to plan, but it doesn’t happen Full A (time blocker) right here!…
 
What happens in that space between thought and action? Between having that idea and making that phone call, or writing that proposal, or talking to that person. Most ideas die because of doubt. Thinking we’re not good enough or we don’t have the experience, or whatever it is. We think we’re missing a piece of the puzzle, but what we’re really missi…
 
Let’s talk about the word “boss.” How do you define it? Some people see it as being a puppeteer, manipulating puppets. Others view it more like a tree, with deep roots all working together to grow and bear fresh fruit. To be very honest, I used to think of it (and myself) like a shadow hovering over my team, watching their every move. But in this e…
 
How many times do you listen to a podcast... Or read a book... Or watch a documentary... And you remember the gist of what was going on, but you’re unsure about the details. There is so much information out there in the world that we forget. And it’s okay because I got you covered! In episode #151 of the Dance Boss Podcast, I share a mashup of the …
 
We are celebrating 150 episodes of the Dance Boss Podcast! Can you believe it? I mean, let’s face the honest truth… You really don’t know where your life is going. You just don’t. But I wholeheartedly believe that when you start working toward your passion and you tap into that higher power, God will reveal things to you and your life will start to…
 
I NEVER thought I wanted to be a teacher! You see, I got my dream job when I was 34, with Pilobolus! I was on tour and it was an amazing experience, but... It honestly sucked. I was the oldest one there. It was hard on my body. I didn’t really want to do it. I came to the realization that I didn’t want to train in that way anymore. And that led to …
 
Calling all dance moms out there. This episode is for you! You know what it’s like…you grew up dancing and you still love dance. Now you have a child or multiple children who dance in a studio setting. It’s a week before the recital. You’re just getting around to opening the dozens of costumes with their hundreds of hairpieces and you’re missing on…
 
How do you respond when someone gives you a gift? Do you: Feel guilty and say something like… “Oh you shouldn’t have!” Scream, “thank you!” full of gratitude… Do something in-between... You see, when someone gives you a gift, yes the gift is for you, but it’s more about the exchange of value. You receive a gift, and the person offering you that gif…
 
A little over 4 years ago I felt like I was drowning. I was uncomfortable, and not fulfilled. My self worth was based on what others thought of me, and how I wanted to be perceived. "As long as the outside is packaged nicely, little needs to be done on the inside." This was the subconscious lie I was telling myself, because I didn't want to do the …
 
I made a lot of mistakes when I first started my online dance business. And I see all of those same mistakes with my clients. So, in this BONUS episode of the Dance Boss Podcast, I dive into the top 5 mistakes I see online dance owners make: Being way too creative and not clear enough. Having no clue what you're doing, and figuring it out along the…
 
“It’s not working!” I hear this all the time. When I work with clients I find that their “ it’s not working” beliefs stem from one of the reasons below… Are you: 1. The Staller I had a client the other day who said “Erin I think I have to go back to my market research. I think something is missing. Before I move on to creating my framework.” Now, I…
 
You can have all the strategies in the world… But, if you aren’t transparent about your time, education, implementation, and willingness, then you won’t see the fruits of your labor come to fruition. This is the first phase of building an online business: transparency! And it’s what the first day of my free workshop is all about. We are going to pu…
 
I was sitting at my computer with 1 million tabs open on my internet browser (not that many, but you get it) because I was trying to find many answers to many questions to bring the vision I had to life. You see, I’m the type of person who has an “I’ll figure it out attitude” and that attitude has served me in many areas of my life, but it stifled …
 
STUDENT: 💭 I’m just gonna slide by and kinda work in my dance classes, but I’m going to kill the performance. TEACHER: 💭🤔 STUDENT: (After Performance) 🥴 TEACHER: 😑 If you come from a dance background you know exactly what the above emoji conversation is about. Many times we have students that don’t value training and they don’t understand that you …
 
Do you worry that people won’t take you seriously because of your age, energy, sex, etc.? Or, you’re a BIPOC and you worry that other races won’t want to invest in your intellectual property? Or, maybe you have a full time job, children, and a partner, and worry that you will fail them? The bottom line is, these are all examples of fear... fear of …
 
My clients don’t always like what I have to say. But I want them and you to build the dance business and life of your dreams. So I lead with love and honesty. And my job as a coach is to help you get uncomfortable, because that’s where the growth happens. It’s my job to support you on your journey to a transformation. So today I want to challenge a…
 
Uncomfortable is where my biggest growth happens. It’s the icky, “f**k this is hard⁣,” messy, change provoking work. You see, I used to be a people pleaser. I would fill up my calendar doing things I didn’t want to do, because I felt bad saying no. I had to get uncomfortable. Starting to turn down things that didn’t align with my life and my goals …
 
Let’s talk; doing the work. When I first started my online dance business, I thought the work was about strategy and building technique. It wasn’t until after I invested in a coach that I learned that the work is releasing, and accepting what you don’t know. The work is accepting that what you have been doing is not working, and deciding to do it a…
 
Do you identify as a dance teacher and a dance coach? A teacher instructs you in a specific skill-set, breaking down material for you to understand. A coach helps you develop and improve your own skills to get you through a process. Like me, you may possess both qualities of a teacher and a coach, but it is so important, as an online dance business…
 
I used to think goal setting was the key, but I now know the magic sauce is productivity. Many times my clients come to me with these huge goals and ideas for their business, but they are not in alignment with their lives. They are based in fear and what they see other people doing. But it’s not about other people. You have to do what’s best for yo…
 
⁣⁠⁠I was in the early stages of my business when my business coach said “overwhelm is a choice...” I did an internal eye roll and thought she was on some kind of woo sh** I get it now! Many of my clients come to me telling me they’re overwhelmed. It’s mostly because they are creative and they have a lot of ideas swimming around in their head. (Can …
 
I thought I would live to see 40, but I wasn’t always sure I would enjoy the way I was living. Talking about my dark days is something I often camouflage, but today I decided to go a little deeper as nowadays I like to push myself to get uncomfortable. I grew up never really feeling like I fit in. I grew up in the “hood”, people would say I talked …
 
Are you an online dance business owner suffering from ATS syndrome? AFRAID TO SELL I find this syndrome very apparent in our dance culture. We did gigs for free & we were grateful for them. We taught for less than we should’ve out of love for our students. We bought our own costumes, & paid for travel knowing we couldn’t afford it. When many of us …
 
Are you living your life full out? I have wanted to move for some time, but fear was stopping me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You see, I hate sucking…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know dance, and I know when you don’t train you to have to accept that you will not be as good as you want to be when you step back on the floor (or in this case on the zoom)… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am too old⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I …
 
Can a coach guarantee your results? Hell no! My job as a coach is to guide you. Give you the steps and roadmap to get to your desired outcome. And check you when your desired outcome isn't in alignment with where you are in your life and in your business. In episode #131 of the Dance Boss Podcast, I ask a big question... Do you feel like your coach…
 
How do you attract clients to your online dance business? In episode #130 of the Dance Boss Podcast, I dive into the what, why, and how of consistency attracting new clients for your online dance business, and gaining brand exposure so you are the GO-TO in the dance industry! I am going MUCH deeper on creating your attraction strategy in a live wor…
 
Where are my mother f**king noisemakers at? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You know who you are!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The dreamer.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The doer... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The believer! ⠀⠀ The woman who is an innovator, creator, and visionary, believing that she can. She WILL make the dance community a better place using her unique gifts!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I see you... I am you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀…
 
Don’t let fear dictate your future. Those who succeed are just bold enough to try and figure it out! They are bold enough to learn and explore. Megan Taylor Morrison, author of Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad, is one of those bold people. She had an idea, so she created a community around it, learning from dancers about their ex…
 
Stop complaining and start choosing! When I sit on my soap box complaining (which I do, we all do! It’s called being human), my good friend tells me… “You will change when you are sick and tired of being sick and tired!” Ugh! So I made a choice, to stop complaining, and I reached out to my team to start brainstorming. That’s why I value people who …
 
When you have integrity you can do anything! I started this journey in fear, but now I am getting ready for the 3rd round of DancePreneur Academy! That’s my 4-month group coaching program, where I teach you how to grow your online dance business. See... integrity overpowered my fear. I knew that if I was going to do a group program I was going to m…
 
Running my first group-coaching program scared the hell out of me! Sometimes I get caught up in the fact that I don’t have a business degree. Does that ever happen to you? Feeling like you need both scholarly credentials and street cred? Well it’s a lie! All you need is a desire to learn and be the best you can in your field. And, the dedication to…
 
How much does your follower count matter to you? Not much? Too much? When I first started my online dance business, I didn’t care much about the amount of followers I had. The genuine connection with my followers was more important. And, it still is very important. But, if you are just starting out monetizing your dance knowledge in the online spac…
 
There’s nothing wrong with you! You are not broken! You can absolutely grow your online dance business to a lucrative business that gives you more freedom in your life! The problem isn’t you my friend… what I often find with my clients and myself is that the problem is the unwillingness to get uncomfortable. What I mean by this is the unwillingness…
 
Are you feeling resistance while creating your online dance business? Maybe it’s internal resistance stopping you from taking action. Or maybe it’s resistance from those you love… Understanding that resistance is going to happen and setting boundaries is one way to own your dance boss power. On episode #122 of the Dance Boss Podcast, I talk about t…
 
Myth: You have to show up with high energy for people to be attracted to you and buy from you! Truth: Nope, nada, nah... you have to show up as you. People are drawn to different things. If your energy is naturally high and bubbly, lean into that. If it is calm, cool, and collected, lean into that. It’s not your vibe that turns people off, it’s you…
 
I’m in my college dance comp class and the teacher says “please do not add the kitchen sink to your compositional studies.” We all giggled and had no clue what she really meant. We were ripe newbies to composition, so as far as we knew, people didn’t dance with the kitchen sink... The teacher went on to say: “I don’t want to see things that you do …
 
Imagine if the world was full of look-a-like dance pieces. Same movement. Same intent. Same everything. That would be punishment to our dance souls! Fortunately, that isn’t the world we live in. When choreographing, we pull from the choreographic toolbox to express our own voices. And, it’s the same with your dance brand. The point is to be yoursel…
 
There are two types of people. Those who get into their feelings and get into action. And, those who get into their feelings and let those feelings paralyze their action. Adapting was the word for 2020. All across the dance industry you saw educators, studio, competition & convention directors, performers, and students adapt. On episode #118 of the…
 
Do you have a bunch of ideas? Are you torn between which one to pursue? Are you scared to let go? If so, then this one's for you! On episode #117 of the Dance Boss Podcast, my guest Jaycie Cormac-Neyland and I dive deep into how to hone in on one idea and take action on it! So tell me friend, what are you focused on in your business right now? Appl…
 
This pandemic definitely shined a light on a lot of shadowy places... It affected every part of the dance world. From competition to education, to journalism, and even further! Which really showed everyone’s true values... On episode #116 of the Dance Boss Podcast, I sit down with Margaret Fuhrer, editor in chief of Dance Edit newsletter and produc…
 
So What’s is Like Inside of DancePreneur Academy Today I got to get up close and personal with DancePreneur Academy member 👉🏾the amazing Bev, Founder of @vybe365 (stalk her on IG!) Today Bev and I talk 👉🏾Why she joined DPA 👉🏾How she overcame her fear of investing in herself and her business 👉🏾Her biggest wins since joining the program And so much m…
 
It’s time to change the narrative. That starving artist mindset has to go! You can lead with a service mindset while charging your worth. On episode #114 of the Dance Boss Podcast, I get to sit down with Dance Boss OG Erin Burd, and we dive into her new book, The Passion and Profit Project: You CAN Have It All! So tell me, do you need to create a n…
 
I hit 5 figures in my Online Dance Business! I remember watching people talk about how they did this and for me it felt so far away... But it’s here now, and in Episode #113 of the Dance Boss Podcast, I dive into how I got here! I had to get honest with myself⁣, work with coaches, learn, implement, test, and try new things. ⁣ I had to show up and d…
 
When you meet someone do you dive right in and seal the deal? (Get your mind out of the gutter🤪) No! You meet someone, you’re attracted to them, and if all goes well the attraction is mutual and you go on a date! If the date goes well, you go on some more dates... And before you know it you’re in a full-blown relationship! Well, this is basically t…
 
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