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July 2016 | Sister Studios

Forget the stereotypes of backstabbing and rudeness among studio owners—competitiveness doesn’t have to be the norm. Nor do studio owners have to feel alone in facing challenges, from fundraising to coping with difficult clients. Those who team up in sister-studio relationships often find unexpected benefits.

Some studio owners share resources such as costumes, teachers, and even students. They collaborate on shows to reduce the burden of production costs as well as expose their students to new ideas and ways of thinking. Perhaps most significant, they lean on each other for moral support and answers to questions that only another studio owner can understand.

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January 2013 | Bright Biz Ideas | Sister Studios

I like to think I’m good at thinking outside of the box, but when I needed a part-time ballet master for my dance studio, I went beyond that. I went out of the state—to neighboring Rochester, Minnesota, and Janet Johnson of Allegro School of Dance and Music.

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2018 Dance Studio Life Generous Heart Awards

Join us in saluting dance humanitarians making a real difference Generosity permeates the dance education industry. You don’t have to look far to see a studio owner absorbing tuition costs for a needy student, a teacher missing a family gathering to attend an important rehearsal, or studio families stepping up to help another family in…

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Studio Style | BPM Dance Complex

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Sometimes all the stars align. “Everything fell into place,” Blake Piatczyc says of launching his dance school, BPM Dance Complex. “That’s how I know that this thing was meant to be.” But Piatczyc, a professional dancer, began the journey toward studio ownership in an inauspicious way: he…

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August 2011 | Studio Swan Song

It was time. Enrollment was down, the building in Roseville, Michigan, that housed Charmaine’s Studio of Dance was falling apart, and the location was bad, swallowed up by warehouse superstores.

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May-June 2010 | Schools With Staying Power | Bernice’s Starrstep Dance Studio

Eleven-year-old Bernice Miller stood on a chair to teach her first ballet class to neighborhood kids with as much authority as she could muster. It was the fall of 1929, and her “studio” was her parents’ two-level garage in Pensacola, Florida. Eighty years later, Bernice’s daughter, Starr Burlingame, carries on her legacy as director of Bernice’s Starrstep Dance Studio. Starr chalks up the longevity of the school to her mother’s zeal for her work and treatment of her students with respect and acceptance.

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From Silver Screen to Studio

“Which movies can I show him to get him interested in dance?” This urgent query came from a friend of mine with a 4-year-old son shortly before they headed off to San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Festival. After wracking my brain (Billy Elliot? Too mature. Singin’ in the Rain? Too long. Hmm . . . ), I turned to studio owners to find out what videos they liked to show to different age groups and which videos best served a particular purpose. Most teachers like to add interest to their lessons with visual aids, of course, and dance teachers are no exception.

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July 2016 | Salute to the Holidays | Table of Contents

Sugar plum fairies, trick-or-treating, fireworks—holidays are made of traditions. This month we honor holiday traditions but approach them in new ways. Get prepared with creative show concepts, a how-to guide to marketplace events, ideas for teaching dance history, event marketing strategies, and of course the latest holiday-themed costumes and backdrops.

Plus, student-focused custom calendar for fundraising, marketing, and information; how and why sister studios share ideas, advice, and resources; a Las Vegas choreographic “marriage” between Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil; and more.

There’s something here for everyone!

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From the Heart

Tales of largesse and kindness were DSL mainstays by Heather Turbeville Above a childlike drawing of a dancer onstage are the words “The stage is like a second home for me.” The author of this statement is Amy, a student in Dance Another World, which teaches English through dance to nonnative speakers. Her grasp of…

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May-June 2017 | Thriving on the Outskirts Part 2

Regardless of its location, a dance school’s reputation rides largely on the quality of its instructors. For schools in small or out-of-the-way places, finding teachers who are well trained in the dance styles on offer is hard enough. Finding staff with both training in dance education and solid teaching experience can seem next to impossible. But dance studio owners are by nature a creative and resourceful bunch. Networking, both in one’s community and at regional and national dance conferences and competitions, can yield surprising results. Many studio owners keep a running list of contacts they can turn to when they need to fill a position.

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August 2013 | Bright Biz Idea | Dual Identity

Many dance studios thrive with multiple locations, across town or even in neighboring cities or states. But Reflections in Dance has taken multiple locations to a new level—try across the country. The studio, founded in 1982 on Bath Avenue in Brooklyn, opened a West Coast branch in Woodland Hills, California, a decade ago.

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January 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pas de Cheval By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Muscle Control By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Focus on Intent  By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Clean and Simple By Stacy Eastman A Better You | Say What? Putting a halt to…

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Handing Over the Keys

Maybe the best buyer for your studio is right under your nose by Chris Koseluk Owning and operating a dance studio was your career goal. It took years of work, struggle, and sacrifice, but you did it—and you’re proud of it. But nothing lasts forever, and the day may come when you realize it’s time…

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EditorSpeak | Cutting Through the Chatter

“OK, OK. I get it! I like that you guys like each other, but can you please stop talking?” I was teaching my last musical theater class of the night—or trying to. Every time I paused—to reset the music, answer an individual question, take a breath, or even to think—two dozen voices created a tsunami…

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Expect the Unexpected

  Thinking about emergency preparedness now can avoid headaches later by Chris Koseluk The recital was special, and a success. Nicole Drouin Amayo and her students at Karen’s Dance Studio had dedicated the May 21, 2011, performance to Amayo’s mother, who had founded the Joplin, Missouri, studio in 1971 and died just that January. Yet…

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Learning Language, Step by Step

Dance Another World teaches English through dance by Lea Marshall Maybe learning English is easier when you’re dancing instead of sitting in a classroom. Dawn Mann made this surprising discovery in 2008, when she was teaching English as a second language (ESL) at Dong Thap University in Cao Lanh, Vietnam. “My background’s in classical ballet,…

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Curtain Up | Scout the competition scene with our comprehensive guide

From winter competitions to summer national galas to fall intensives, there are exciting learning and growing opportunities for dancers of any age. In our annual listing, you’ll find the right fit from among nearly 125 competitions and conventions, ranging from old favorites to intriguing new options.

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Mia Michaels’ Next Move

Choreographer shares her skills—and her philosophy—in online subscription series by Karen White It might seem utterly unbelievable, but there was a time when Mia Michaels questioned whether she knew how to make a dance. She did know, of course. In fact, choreography came so easily to Michaels that she figured she must be doing something…

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Wearing It Well | Costume Sizing With A Wish Come True

by Karen White Costume day can be the best of days—so many jubilant students! But if the costumes don’t fit, it can become the worst day. Students are sad, parents are frustrated, and studio owners face the nail-biting uncertainty of getting the right sizes in time for the recital. Erika Duszny, product development manager at…

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Tune in, Turn Off | The benefits of finding a work–life balance

  The benefits of finding a work–life balance by Melissa Hoffman Studio owners and teachers can probably agree that although we have the best job in the world, we work constantly; there is always something more to be done. So we must learn to balance our work and our personal lives to succeed at both.…

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Editor Speak | Weird Science

A headline in the April 20, 2017, edition of USA Today caught my eye: “People trust science. So why don’t they believe it?” The writer was grappling with the notion that while many people claim to have full faith in science, when they’re confronted with data that contradicts what they believe—regarding global warming or vaccinations,…

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July 2017 | Scaring Up a New Seasonal Show

Studios find success with Halloween fare by Tamsin Nutter Halloween is big seasonal business all over town. So why not at your studio? The costumes and makeup make it a natural fit for a dance studio. On the other hand, Halloween can be, well, scary—making it challenging for a business that serves children. Do you…

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