Ask Rhee Gold

When I opened my school more than 12 years ago, a school owner a couple of towns away from my location decided that my little school was now her big competitor. As soon as I signed my lease, trouble started. Friends in my community told me that they had heard things like I wasn’t a qualified teacher or that I was a scam artist. Each time people told me something negative they’d heard, it got traced back to the other studio owner. The hard part was that I had no idea who this person was.

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Appropriate content

You are not only a dance teacher; you are a mentor and a leader. This means that you set the example for your students. Please think about what you post on your Facebook page . . . be sure that it is appropriate for your students (who look up to you) to see. Don’t tell them you got lucky last night or that you are going on a drinking binge this weekend. Have a great day–Rhee

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Ask Rhee Gold | August 2010

Hi Rhee,
With the onset of everything Internet, I have staff asking to be “friended” by their students, which they have done. Consequently, students contact them instead of me, the director, regarding studio info. Also, one teacher puts on her personal Facebook page what classes and where she is teaching. (She’s also with another studio, miles away from mine.)

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EditorSpeak

Flash mobs. Specifically, dance flash mobs. They’re all over YouTube, and judging by the frequency with which people on Facebook link to them, they’re as popular with non-dance folks as with dancerly types. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re missing out on some big fun.

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EditorSpeak | July 2010

The ABCs of Image
I hear a lot of talk about professionalism these days. I doubt I could find a dance teacher or school owner who doesn’t claim to have the training, experience, credibility, and expertise that we associate with being a professional. But even when you’ve got all those attributes, you need one more thing: presentation. If you make yourself look careless or uninformed—or even worse, uneducated—you’ve blown that professional image to smithereens.

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Friends, Fans, and Followers

It’s never been easier to get the word out about your studio. School owners now have a plethora of online marketing opportunities to choose from to reach students and parents, including popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Learning how to put online marketing to use may seem daunting, but dance studio owners can harness the power of social media to help build their businesses. All it takes is a little research, experimentation, and effort.

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An Appeal From LehrerDance: Vote for Us!

Chase Community Giving is looking to give away a little more than $5 million to 200 local charities, and it’s inviting the public to vote for its favorite recipients on its Facebook site, http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/. LehrerDance, a contemporary dance troupe based in Buffalo, New York, has issued an appeal for votes.

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Networking on the Web

If you’re the least bit cyber-savvy, you’ve heard of MySpace and Facebook, two networking sites that have a huge following among the youth (and beyond) of the world. And maybe, knowing that, you dismissed them as having nothing to do with you or your business. Not so fast! You can use these heavily trafficked sites to increase your school’s visibility and send potential clients to your website.

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