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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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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE HEADS TO FOXWOODS!

**Calling all Dance Teachers! Coming to the Connecticut woods August 3-6 2015...**

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THE TASK OF CHOOSING MUSIC FOR CHOREOGRAPHY!

The task of music selection year after year can be a daunting one, especially for those of us teaching multiple classes. We aim to be creative, fresh, innovative and contemporary, but the truth is, many struggle to deliver original and age appropriate content that is both family friendly and not overdone. So, how do we attempt to include all of the above and still find something that inspires us as artists as well? The trick is to do your research ahead of time. Heading to ITunes at the last minute right before you need to set a piece rarely works well, but actually listening to music you enjoy regularly and giving yourself time will allow you the opportunity to create a library of songs you can keep in storage for the perfect group as an when the need arises! Having an arsenal of ideas will always put you ahead of the game and make for infinite options vs. settling on something your creative spirit is not really in tune with.

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IS IT THE STUDENT OR THE PARENT? PROBLEM SOLVING FOR DANCE TEACHERS

I have written many articles for Dance Teachers about issues with unruly students and how to get them over the hump and in line with the class structure. Students who are problems from a behavioral point can disrupt your entire class, ruin your flow and destroy your class karma. The key is to find out what's causing the situation and then deal directly with the problem at hand... By Steve Sirico

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: GIVE INSPIRATION AND WATCH YOUR STUDIO SOAR!

Dance Studio Owners have a tough job because not only do we have to motivate ourselves but we also have to motivate our staff, faculty, students and even parents to help everyone stay on the same page and to ultimately make our lives run smoother! It does take extra effort but definitely will pay off if you can find ways to keep everyone happy. Check out this great post on how to make today and everyday GREAT! By Angela D'Valda Sirico

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DANCE ASSESSMENT READING REFERENCE LIST

The inclusion of dance education in the public school has stimulated lengthy debate over how to: evaluate the arts; define and justify dance's existence within an education system, and create meaningful experiences for students. With the 1997 inclusion of the arts as part of the _National Assessment of Educational Progress _(NAEP), or _The Nation's Educational Report Card_, major steps have been taken to formalize arts assessment and overcome traditional standardized testing protocol. Educators have had the difficult task of capturing, what is in essence, an intangible area of study; moving product, gone as quickly as it was created.

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