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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