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A DANCE STUDIO OWNER'S GUIDE TO GETTING IT RIGHT IN 2015!

**HAPPY NEW YEAR** studio owners! Well, as with any new year, it's a great time to get those lists out on your intended resolutions for the upcoming season! Think about what you hope to accomplish for your business and where you hope to take your students. While it may seem daunting at first to try and accomplish everything, go slow, and prioritize! Soon enough you'll be checking each resolution off one by one and meeting your 2015 goals! Here are some things to jump-start your list and get you going towards a year of fruitful success for the studio and amazing progress for your students!

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HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS FROM DANCE TEACHER WEB

We here at Dance Teacher Web would just like to take a moment to thank you all for another wonderful year. It has been an eventful one for us and we're sure it has been for you too. It's not hard to believe yet another full year has gone by so quickly! You have all grown and changed, adapted and persevered. This is the time of year however, when we should all be able to take a breath for a moment, slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labor and remember why we do what we do.

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RECYCLE, RE-DO, RE-SET & REVAMP: GIVING OLD DANCE WORKS A MAKE-OVER.

Have you been toying around with the idea of taking one of your choreographic masterpieces out of the vault? All of us have at one time or another created a piece that we actually really love and stands the test of time, so why not make it a part of your repertoire? It's not unheard of, even in the biggest of dance companies with new works being commissioned all the time. Remember, many of them have built their legacy on those famous dances which made them synonymous with the dance world. There is a lot to consider when thinking about resetting a work in order to make it successful. It's important to recognize the difference of just not being lazy or inspired to set forth a new work vs. recognizing that you have a group of dancers which inspire you to recycle it. When done right and for the right reasons, the end result can have a wonderful way of bringing old choreography to life again in a refreshing and exciting new way. When that occurs, it then feels like it's being set for the very first time.

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CREATIVE MOVEMENT DANCE ACTIVITY

The holiday season is a great time of year to break out fun, inventive and interactive lesson plans with your little ones! Always a crowd pleaser with my own students, **_"TOP HAT"_** is a dance activity I designed for 3-7 year olds that will engage the senses, incorporate visual focus and enhance locomotor movement ability.....plus it's super fun!

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QUICK TIPS TO END THE YEAR RIGHT!

It is amazing, but here we are at the end of another year and as we come to the close of 2014 and look forward to 2015 it is a good moment to reflect back over the past twelve months to see what we were able to accomplish not only in our work lives but also personally. I like to look over all my class notes and see if I am on target as far as how much I have been able to teach my students.

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THE KEY TO CREATING A GREAT ENVIRONMENT AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

The biggest key to a great environment at your studio is you, your staff and faculty. If you create and promote a certain energy, your customers will follow! **The trick is, how can you manage this all important element of your business?**

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DANCE TEACHERS, WHAT IS YOUR IN-STUDIO MANAGEMENT STYLE?

As dance teachers, we are often thinking about our choreography, our warm-ups and our across the floor and center combos before the day's classes commence. Over the course of a season we exhaust ourselves trying to be creative and think of the best possible lesson plans for individual classes and how we will implement those lessons. We become consumed with watching our students' progress, how to get pieces set and how to organize rehearsals so that the end product is "ready" for audience viewing. While all of these elements are essential to a successful class structure, often we miss the boat on what is the #1, most important lesson of all. The lesson that must be the prerequisite to everything else we teach in the studio; the lesson that supersedes all of the above so that the studio learning environment is viable and lends itself to learning, comprehension and application. That lesson….classroom management..........by Jessica Rizzo- Stafford

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: RETHINKING DANCE FACULTY JOB REQUIREMENTS

We all want to hire a faculty who has the same mind-set as we do; who shares in the same philosophies and has a vested interest in the development and success of our students. When we take the time to interview potential teachers and choreographers, we look for those traits which we instinctually believe will "fit" into the model of the mission statement we seek to set forth. More importantly, we all desire "a family" of like-minded individuals who work together as a team to achieve a common goal and support one another as well as our dancers.

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THANKFUL FOR THE ART OF DANCE ACTIVITY

As we head into another Thanksgiving and holiday season, I always like to take time to pause with my students and reflect on how lucky we are to do what we do. I try to engage in this conversation in different ways year after year by immersing classes in what we do best.......dance. With all the hustle and bustle of the year passing by and time moving so quickly, it's easy to let these extra little teaching moments slip by, but I think it's important to have your dancers reflect on what dance means to them, why they are thankful for it in their lives and how they can express those emotions through art and movement.

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BALANCING YOUR PRVATE LIFE INSIDE THE DANCE STUDIO!

Teachers are people too. We're human. We have emotions and experience events that occur in our lives (outside of the studio) which are going to move us in a variety of ways. Sometimes they are happy events, sometimes devastatingly sad events, sometimes they are events that stack one on top of the other and overwhelm us so that we don't know what to tackle first. This is a part of our existence on this earth and nobody is special. We are all faced with these things in a variety of ways; such is life. We grapple with these things in our homes, with our families and close friends and very easily can become consumed when we are celebrating, planning, dealing, coping, moving, mourning, healing; whatever the case may be. But what happens when we enter the dance studio and are ready to teach our classes? What happens when we need to switch that stuff off and be present, mindful and focused for the task at hand; being there to teach for our students?

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MANAGING CHOREOGRAPHY BLOCK

We've all been there….the dreaded time of year when the ideas just aren't flowing and we are facing a deadline of ten+ numbers to be choreographed in a matter of weeks...We sit and barrel though ITUNES trying to find music which inspires us to conjure up any kind of inspiration in the worst way; forcing ideas we know are mediocre just so we have a jumping off point to get something down on paper for class or rehearsal that night. But, as we all know the more we try and force something, the more resistance we create for ourselves! So, what do we do when that deadline is creeping closer and closer and staring at us in the face (along with the dancers who are waiting for our creative genius to be cast upon them?)

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KEEPING COMPANY: DECIDING ON THE RIGHT TIME TO ADVANCE DANCERS

It's always a balancing act when, as studio director, you must decide on the advancement of a dancer. They are many factors to consider in this decision. Unfortunately at times, the pressure of a parent and the risk of losing their business [if their child isn't advanced,] can become an internal struggle between sticking to your guns and losing much needed business.

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS... HERE'S HOW TO GROW YOUR SCHOOL!

**Calling All Dance Studio Owners... Looking to increase your enrollment? Listen to this great webinar on how to market your dance studio**

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MONSTER MASH! BRINGING THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT TO YOUR DANCE STUDIO!

Happy Halloween Week Everyone! As this is my absolute favorite time of year, I thought we could all get into the spirit of sharing some fun and festive Halloween ideas to celebrate in your dance studio! Halloween is definitely a holiday with the flair for the dramatic, so this is the perfect occasion for dance studios to create an amazing environment to let imaginations run wild! Here are a few of my thoughts!

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DANCE STUDIO DIRECTORS DIRECTING: DELEGATING AUTHORITY IN YOUR BUSINESS

Take a second and think about the kind of studio director you currently are. Are you a single owner trying to manage everything yourself or is your business a well-oiled machine with a full staff and faculty? Whatever the scenario, nobody can do it alone (at least not forever) and expect to have a balanced work and personal life in the long run. Taking the steps to slowly build an environment where you are not the sole employee of your business can change the direction and success of the business itself while avoiding burn- out to your own well-being..........

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