TIPS FOR IGNITING A SUCCESSFUL 2016 DANCE SEASON!
With the summer of 2016 coming to a rapid close, now is the perfect time for dance teachers and studio owners to rev up for the upcoming new season. From personal experience, the fall always seems to be the time of year when my energy and creativity is at its peak and I can't wait to get back into the studio to see what the new semester has in store! There are so many things we as teachers and studio directors can do to ignite that enthusiasm amongst our dancers to get them off on the right foot; from Day #1. Success and progress is most easily achieved when students can take note of teachers' transparent preparedness, eagerness to be in the studio teaching, creativity and commitment to ensure the progress of each individual dancer. This often times has a contagious effect on the whole environment and sets a wonderful tone running throughout the studio!..........Read More
REWARD VS. ENTITLEMENT IN DANCE TRAINING
Whether you have the most advanced students or those that are beginner, there is something to be said for instilling the concept that hard work reaps rewards. In a time when many children are rewarded just for showing up, it's a difficult and tricky concept to instill; but an important one. This is why establishing this mindset from the beginning and setting the precedent that this is how you operate is crucial from the jump. So how do we do it?..........Read More
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO ADVANCE DANCE STUDENTS?
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. I have seen many studio owners in my travels approach this from two different ways......Read More
DTW LIVE KICKOFF! LET THE 2016 CONFERENCE & EXPO COMMENCE!
We're baaaaackk!! The time is finally here everyone! We are so thrilled to kick off the 2016 Dance Teacher Web LIVE Conference & Expo at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas! This year, we're back on the west coast and the energy is already buzzing with excitement! From attendees to faculty to Expo presenters and staff, everyone is amped up for the next few days which are filled with over 90 classes to choose from! The All-Star Faculty Lineup includes the likes of Leslie Scott,Dolly Kelepecz, Simone DePaolo, Aja DePaolo, Jason Marquette, Matthew Powell, Aaron Turner, our Directors Angela and Steve Sirico and me, Jessica Rizzo-Stafford, as well as many other greats in the business! The common factor here is that everyone is thrilled to share knowledge and learn from one anther; teachers and students alike. This is the time to refuel, re-energize, get inspired and fill up our arsenal of ideas for the upcoming season. This is YOUR conference, so be sure to take advantage of the amazing business seminars we have lined up for you too and discover new ideas on increasing marketing revenue, keeping your dancing injury free, costuming your dancers and extreme customer service ideas!...............Read More