Owner Gives Studio to Employee, Then Pitches In When Help is Needed

Christmas is the season for giving, and Ashlie Andersen, owner of State Street Dance Studio in Geneva, Illinois, and director of the school’s 11th performance of The Nutcracker, is contemplating three of the most important gifts of her life.

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Art-Loving Mother Comes Up With Multifaceted Business Plan for Dance Studio

Certified yoga and dance therapy instructor Karla Kress-Boyle, a West Hartford, Connecticut, mother of two, considered opening a dance studio but realized her town was already full of them. Instead, she created Imagine Studio, which features art, music, theater, and yoga classes for toddlers in the mornings, and dance instruction for older kids after school hours.

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Brooklyn African Dance Studio Loses Home to Luxury Apartment Development

The Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance on Fulton Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn is scrambling to find a new home after its 10-year lease was cut short, allowing the property to be transformed into a 19-story luxury residential tower.

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SF State U. Dance Bumped from Studio Space; Will be Used as a Museum

For any dance student, the studio space where rehearsals and training takes place is an essential resource. But dance majors at San Francisco State University will be losing their lofty dance studio in the Fine Arts Building—one created especially for dance, with sprung floors to reduce strain and injury to the joints, marley floor covering to prevent slipping, mirrors, adjacent locker rooms with showers, as well as bleacher seating, pipes rigged for lighting, and a sound system—as of the spring semester.

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Studio Owner Honored for Blog that Encourages Women Struggling With Cancer

Very quickly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2010, Millene Michel decided nothing would stop her from beating the cancer and going on with her life, reported the Mount Olive Chronicle. She has succeeded.

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Dancer’s Desire to Help a Friend Raises More than $200,000 for Cancer Research

More than 30 dance studios from the Buffalo, New York, area will join forces next month to raise money for cancer research during the seventh annual event sponsored by Dancers Give Back—an organization started by a dancer that has raised more than $200,000 for cancer research.

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Studio Construction Ordeal Finally Over for California Couple

A California couple’s plans to replace their longtime studio garage space with a larger stand-alone facility cost three years and an unexpected additional $250,000, but on November 1, The Dance Gallery 2 owners will celebrate a grand opening at their new Roseville studio.

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Memory of Mother Lost on 911 Lives on in Daughter’s Dance Studio

Joann Tabeek always encouraged her daughter, Krystal, to follow her dreams, but didn’t live to see Krystal through her 15 years of competitive dance. Working as a vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center, she was one of the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

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Connecticut Dancers Portray Soccer Team on Upcoming Episode of Madam Secretary

Seventeen teens from Starr’s Studio of Dance in Kent, Connecticut, got a crash course in soccer while in New York City in late September before playing the roles of soccer teammates in an episode of the CBS TV series Madam Secretary. The Litchfield County Times said the dancers met actress . . .

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October 2014 | Ask Rhee Gold

I am a studio owner of 14 years. I have had an employee (a teacher) for 12 years who has three daughters in the program. She and I became really close—we used to call ourselves “soul dance sisters”—however, things have started to change. We’ve grown apart for many reasons; I think trust is a huge factor.

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October 2014 | Thinking Out Loud | Dream Big, Plan Bigger

I made one of the biggest leaps I’d ever taken when I decided to stop renting space for my studio. It took two and a half years, six bank applications, two builders, three funding increase requests, four bank closings, five expensive changes required by the city, several court hearings, and countless sleepless nights—but now I own instead of rent, and I can look back at lessons learned.

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October 2014 | A Fabulous Finish

Recital time: your studio has worked all year for this. Dancers, teachers, and parents have all thrown themselves into the whirlwind and want to come out glowing. What more important moment than the recital finale—the Big Finish to your studio year’s big finish? What’s the best way to craft your finale and bring down the house? The choreographic approach you choose will depend on the message you want to convey.

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EditorSpeak

As the cover makes obvious, with this issue Dance Studio Life celebrates 10 years of publication. I’ve been on board for seven years as editor in chief, but I had a hand in some of the earlier issues as a freelance editor—which means I’ve seen how much the magazine has grown and changed since its inception. The anniversary is Rhee’s topic this month in “On My Mind,” so I won’t say more than this: the most gratifying part of my job is seeing you, our readers, respond with enthusiasm to the magazine’s evolution. Our goal is to make a difference, helping you develop as business owners and teaching artists, and offering you new paths to creativity. Like you, we take our work seriously, and that’s as it should be.

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FYI

When David Palmer was a little boy growing up in a remote, TV-free area of Fiji, books like Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham engaged his imagination and taught him to love language. So when Palmer, associate artistic director of The Washington Ballet, transformed this beloved classic into a ballet, he didn’t leave language behind.

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Bright Biz Idea | Three Sources, One (Income) Stream

Dance studio owners face the ever-present challenge of managing cash flow and turning a profit—to pay rent, pay teacher and staff salaries, and, hopefully, to pay themselves. Nick Waynelovich and his daughter Kimberly Williams have not only found a way to build a profitable dance and performing-arts organization, they have developed two additional income streams that keep the organization on top of its bills.

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Rhee in Retrospect

Ten-year-old Rhee Gold’s mother, Sherry, looked at him. “Go sit under a tree and write something.” Rhee thought that sounded like the stupidest thing he’d ever heard. But he did it, and he discovered that he liked to write.

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The Dance Studio Life “Generous Heart” Awards

A 10th anniversary deserves a nod. We’ve given ourselves one in several ways: by devoting this issue, in part, to marking Dance Studio Life’s launch date with a retrospective by publisher Rhee Gold and by giving the magazine a fresh look with a major redesign. But we’ve done something else that we hope will have even more lasting effect: we’ve established a new annual tradition: the Dance Studio Life “Generous Heart” Awards.

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Cambridge Dance Institutions Teaming Up for Benefit Concert

Dance Complex and Green Street Studios, two renowned Cambridge, Massachusetts, dance centers that have survived myriad challenges over two decades, are joining forces for “Holding Hands While Dancing,” a collaborative benefit performance on November 2 that reflects the vision of new leadership at both organizations.

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London Dance Drama, Pineapple Dance Studios, Premieres in U.S. on Ovation

Pineapple Dance Studios, a dance reality series centered around Pineapple Studios, a dance studio complex and performing arts school in London, England, that serves as a rehearsal space for some of the biggest and best West End shows, pop acts, and dance performances, will have its U.S. television premiere September 28 at 7pm (ET) on Ovation.

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Dancers Stand A Bit Taller in DC Studio’s High Heels Dance Class

Hip-hop performer JuWan Bizzell wanted to create a “different” class for Washington DC’s Momentum Dance & Fitness studio, so he decided to leverage the skills he’d learned while backing up drag queens in nightclub shows.

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New Orleans Studio Founds Community Festival to Confront Violence and Inspire Action

Dancing Grounds’ first Dance for Social Change Festival seeks to bring artists, activists, and community members together to inspire dialogue and action about key issues confronting New Orleans, according to the Times-Picayune.

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Studio Owner Battling Cancer Inspires Young Girls with Positive Attitude and Joy

Hanging near the front door of Miss Lori’s Dance Express in Temperance, Michigan, is a message in pink crayon, written in a young girl’s cursive handwriting: “When cancer is cured, we will dance for joy. For now, we dance for life.”

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Wall Explains How SYTYCD Career Began With Determination and an Apology

Toddlers tend not to be the most dedicated dance students, but Travis Wall, who started taking classes at his mom Denise Wall’s Virginia Beach dance studio as soon as he could walk, was an exception. “I would behave in class. Sometimes you put a 2-year-old in a class, and they’re screaming and kicking. I was so focused and ready to go. I wanted to learn so much,” Wall tells Co.Create.

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Studio Owner’s Desire for a Place to Dance Results in Second Detroit Dance City Festival

The second annual Detroit Dance City Festival, set for August 22 to 24, brings together local and out-of-state dancers, both professionals and students, in a celebration of all things dance, with more than 20 all-day workshops, classes, and afternoon and evening performances in downtown Detroit.

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Expansion at Nashville Ballet School Will Provide More Opportunities for Students

The Nashville Ballet is embarking on an unprecedented public fundraising campaign to finance an expansion project to grow studio space, renovate its Sylvan Heights headquarters, and dramatically increase the number of students, reported the Tennessean.

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August 2014 | Mindful Marketing | Registration Know-How

When I opened my dance studio 17 years ago, registration opened shortly before classes started in September and closed in November. Over the years, however, I lengthened the registration cycle, and now enrollment happens nearly year-round.

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August 2014 | Write It Down

Choreography has become a never-ending task for studio teachers, which means they’re on a relentless quest for quality music and fresh inspiration. They face overwhelming pressure to outdo the previous year’s work and meet the expectations of students and their parents. Choreographers need to acquire a vast amount of music and fill thousands of counts with movement, all while showcasing the specific strengths of their students. Often, these demands lead them to rush the choreographic process.

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August 2014 | Effective Email

Email is a quick and inexpensive way to keep your students and their families up to date on studio happenings, to alert them to new classes or other opportunities to get involved with your studio, and to keep them apprised of other important news. It can function as a marketing tool, and can help your studio run smoothly by keeping students, families, and staff informed about schedules, events, deadlines, policies, and news. There’s a catch, though—people don’t always read emails. Sometimes they don’t even open them.

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August 2014 | EditorSpeak

It was an emergency. My son, then a sophomore in high school, approached me after a dance. “Mom,” he said, “when you dance, do you go back and forth, or side to side?” He demonstrated both, shifting stiffly from side to side, and yes, back and forth. Aghast, I gave him a quick lecture/demo on moving from his center and never bobbing his head.

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August 2014 | Ask Rhee Gold

My competition students are at odds with each other. They are starting to get cliquey, with two different tribe-like groups. One is a group of great kids who are not the best dancers, yet they give it their all and get better all the time, like most students do. The other is a clique of those who think they are the best, and even among them there are some harsh feelings.

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Ask Rhee Gold

After 16 years in business I am purchasing a building to make a new home for my studio. The new space is close to downtown, where there are a couple of schools that are very competitive. I have always done my best to stay on the good side of both owners.

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