Posts Tagged ‘studio owner’

February 2013 | Ask Rhee Gold

I own a school that was founded by my grandmother. I grew up knowing that someday I would take the reins and I always looked forward to it. I am proud of what we have built, but my children have their own interests, and they don’t include directing the family school.

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February 2013 | Summer Inspiration on a Shoestring

For studio owners and dance teachers, summer’s inevitable slowdown means that we finally have time to recharge our batteries and reboot for a new season. Every summer, opportunities abound for continuing education—a dizzying number of dance classes, teaching seminars, conventions, and conferences to choose from. But what if those are out of reach this year? What if you have a tight budget, or you can’t travel, or the timing is bad—or all of the above?

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December 2012 | Introspective Leadership

Most studio owners have become experts at a diverse array of tasks: generating new ideas, maintaining mailing lists, sending out newsletters, updating websites, devising marketing plans, and scheduling, emailing, choreographing, costuming, and handling studio conflicts. Most of the time our efforts yield positive outcomes—what we wanted and expected. But sometimes the results are weak or even negative. Why? How does that happen, and why are we caught off-guard when it does?

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October 2012 | Shared Seclusion

By Karen White

The five wild turkeys were in no rush, scratching their way methodically across the DanceLife Retreat Center lawn, looking up and loping into the woods when a car crunched across the gravel drive.

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October 2011 | Back for More

Dance studios cannot survive without attracting new students. But retaining the ones you already have makes sound business sense.

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October 2011 | Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

She hired them believing they would strengthen and nurture her dance program. With no warning, they left and opened a new studio four miles down the street, taking as many students and teachers with them as they could hustle.

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August 2011 | Home-Grown Teachers

As a studio owner, it can be wonderfully satisfying when the newest teacher to join your faculty is a former student who “grew up” under your tutelage.

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January 2011 | Teacher in the Spotlight | Carolyn Dutra

Miss Carolyn has been my mentor; she is like a second mother and has helped shape the teacher and person I am today. She truly loves what she does, and does what she loves like no other. She acts as a role model for all her dancers, instilling the characteristics of what a true young dancer should strive to be.

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January 2011 | World-Class World Dance

When Azin Mahoozi Shalan was growing up, dance classes were forbidden to her. Yet today, as director of her own dance company and a dance studio owner, Shalan has overcome cultural and religious impediments to reshape her life while opening up a world of dance—literally—to her students in Vienna, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC.

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August 2010 | When OSHA Comes Knocking

A dance studio owner may view an inspection by occupational safety regulators the way the ancients regarded the appearance of a comet: as a harbinger of doom. But such inspections need not be an ordeal.

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August 2010 | Multitasking: Friend or Foe?

Here’s a confession: I’m writing this article for myself. With five kids, a dancewear store and studio, 700 students, and a new job as managing partner of five daycare centers, I have reached a whole new level of multitasking.

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July 2010 | On My Mind

For thousands of teachers and school owners, the start of summer is a time to brainstorm, to plot and dream about everything they want to achieve during the upcoming dance season. It’s a time to look back on the lessons of the past year—some learned the hard way and others in a flash, those light-bulb moments that make us wonder why we didn’t think of that idea years ago. It’s through the live-and-learn process that we become better at what we do.

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July 2010 | 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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July 2010 | All Together Now

You know that great feeling of walking into your studio and realizing that all is well? Teachers are excited about teaching, the dancers are happy, and the office staff greets you with a smile. Wouldn’t you like to re-create this team atmosphere every day? You can—by creating a comfortable workplace where your employees feel appreciated for what they bring to the organization and are inspired to work for you for many years to come.

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May-June 2010 | Rhee Gold

Dear Rhee,
We live in a very small town in Kentucky. For more than 36 years we were the only studio in town. Now a girl from out of town is opening up a studio and my students and their parents are asking all kinds of questions, like “Did you know there is a new studio?” I really don’t know how to respond to them. It’s hard to know whether to have faith in my parents to do the right thing and stay with me or say something now to try to prevent them going. Any advice? I have been up nights worrying about this. Dance dollars are few with the struggling economy, and now having to compete with a new place is causing me great stress. Thanks so much! —Patricia

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Ask Rhee Gold | December 2008

Dear Rhee, I have a student who has a mischievous side that seems to come out when she is at my school and, from what I understand, at public school too. She does things like drop mean notes in the other students’ dance bags. Sometimes she calls them fat or ugly and is always just plain mean. She never signs her name to the notes, but we have determined that it is her because of the handwriting.

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Ask Rhee Gold | November 2008

Dear Rhee, In my school I have several employees, both faculty and office staff. In the past my employees have arrived late for work and some haven’t followed procedures because they wanted to save themselves some time—which I know saves no time because we have to redo the things that they didn’t do right the first time.

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Recitals on a Shoestring

When it comes to recital time, do you dream about putting on that perfect fantasy production? Well, think again—it might actually be the right time to consider cutting back. “Cut back!” you say. “Forget it! Last year’s recital was really good and I am going to have to do something to top it.” But cutting back on recital expenses might be the best business move you could ever make.

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There’s Only One You

No two people are alike, so it follows that no two businesses are alike either. There might be a dozen dance studios in the country with identical names, all of which offer jazz, tap, and lyrical, but if you look beyond the surface, each is distinct. What makes them so? You, the school owners, that’s who. You are unique and your one-of-a-kind personality infuses your business. If there’s one idea I came away with after spending four days with roughly 500 dance teachers at the DanceLife Teacher Conference last summer, it’s that each dance studio is different.

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Teaching for Healthy Bodies

“Break a leg!” The theatrical well wish for actors and dancers has an irony that often escapes young performers. Indeed, for most young, healthy dancers, the possibility of injury feels remote and doesn’t factor greatly into their daily routine. For their older, more experienced teachers, however, the reality of injury and the desire to prevent it create a serious responsibility.

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