DANCE STUDIO OWNERS HERE'S HOW TO BUILD WORD-OF-MOUTH REFERRALS

Even in today's media-driven world, there is no better form of advertising than word-of-mouth, a personal referral from someone whose opinions others trust and respect. Dance school owners are among the biggest beneficiaries of word-of-mouth referrals, as they require no advertising and marketing budget. The key is how do you get your students and their parents talking?

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JOIN AN ELITE GROUP OF DANCE STUDIO OWNERS

Imagine every month having the opportunity to work one on one with a business coach that understands what you are dealing with on a day to day basis. With the Dance Teacher Web VIP program, you have the chance to work with a successful dance studio owner for a 20-minute call each month to help you solve your most pressing issues, help you create new revenue generating programs, share the latest in new marketing ideas and more!

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10 COST EFFECTIVE MARKETING IDEAS FOR DANCE STUDIO OWNERS

I have heard from many studio owners that they would love to market their studio but they feel they don't have the money to do so. The reality is that it doesn't have to be vastly expensive to be effective. Check out this great post on how to do cost effective marketing

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HELPING DANCE STUDIO OWNERS WORLDWIDE TO THRIVE!

Despite what the outside world may think, running a successful dance studio is not easy. As the Dance Studio Owner, you wear many different hats and keeping everything in order can stressful. Scheduling, creating choreography, class content, ordering costumes, dealing with student, parent and faculty issues and trying to balance your personal life is a juggling act that you face every day.

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE

You don’t need or have to have all of the answers all of the time. Read that through again and really let it sink in. Now I am not suggesting that you put it off because you are avoiding confrontation but when you give yourself time to gather all of the facts and think it through, the answers, in many cases will come to you clearer and most of the time with better results. Much better!

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WHEN DANCE STUDENTS WANT TO QUIT

It's inevitable. At some point in owning your dance studio a student is going to want to part ways and stop dancing. If you're lucky, it may happen only a handful of times over the course of your career, but the reality is it's going to happen. To add insult to injury, unfortunately it's sometimes the dancers that we can't fathom losing because their presence and talent in class and rehearsals inspire us and make us better at what we do. But, many times it is..............

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Exclusive Interview with Costume Gallery CEO Ellen Ferreira by Dance Teacher Web Co-Founder Steve Sirico

In this exclusive interview you will get a behind the scenes look at one of the premiere Costume Companies in the world, learn some valuble tips and hear what is new and exciting with this long establish Company

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SETTING GOALS FOR THE NEW DANCE SEASON

As we set out to start another season and enjoy the last bits of calm before things get rolling, now is a great time to sit and reflect for a bit on what your studio goals are for the upcoming year. Whether you are a brand new studio or one that’s been around for years, it never hurts to reassess current needs and projected goals for your students and business. Below are five questions to ask yourself to help get you started towards a successful dance season and many more down the road.......

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STAYING TRUE TO YOUR DANCE STUDIO'S MISSION

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France

As a studio director, the most difficult part of the job is how to take all the components, all the balls juggling in the air, all the “white noise” in the background, opinions, requests and desires of our clients and with a snap of your fingers make it all happen; as seamlessly and quickly as humanly possible. Oh....and did I mention on a daily basis? As with any business owner, our clients are what keep us afloat; simple as that. As much as we do what we do for the passion of our art and love for our students, there is a clear, basic presence of the supply and demand principle which supersedes all of that. It has to; otherwise you wouldn’t be in business.....

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YES! IT'S OK TO SET THE BAR HIGH

Expectation. It’s a word in which we often tip toe around. Especially in regards to our younger generation. Are they expected to handle too much? Do too much? Manage too much? Cope with too much? Be responsible & accountable for too much? Demonstrate too much? Etc. Etc. Well, the honest answer is sometimes yes, sometimes, no.

There is a difference however, when we are referring to the term, “expectation” in the context of unsubstantiated and unfair stresses which are not age appropriate vs. the expectation of one’s ability, responsibility loads, work ethic and rising to challenges to be the best they can be......

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STUDIO KARMA: PAYING IT FORWARD IN YOUR COMMUNITY

As in our personal lives, the hustle and bustle of everyday studio life can involve the typical time-consuming tasks, deadlines, multi-tasking, projects, etc. that can take up more hours than there are in a day. We get side-tracked and often times pulled in a million directions while adding another thing to that “to-do list” that gets longer and longer as the season rolls along.  We prioritize and try to keep the business and students as focused as we can. We try to ensure our students’ year is successful and our faculty creates works they are not only proud of but also gives the dancers a sense of challenge and fulfillment; all while hoping they are actually enjoying their dance experience.......

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CALLING ALL DANCE TEACHERS: BE A SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGER In 2018 FOR DANCE TEACHER WEB!

Do you have a special expertise or tip that you would like to share with our community of Dance Educators from around the world? Now you can....as a Guest Blogger with Dance Teacher Web featuring YOU as the expert! Topics can include any teaching technique or studio business enhancement idea you may have. From marketing and front desk improvements to faculty issues. All teachers/studio directors will receive professional recognition featuring your headshot and bio as well as accompanying links to your website which will boost your website's SEO rating. Click on Read More to Get Started!

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BUILDING TEAM SPIRIT IN THE DANCE STUDIO!

Being a studio owner involves the constant juggling of many hats; often all at the same time. Certain seasons and groupings of dancers lend itself to everyone being connected, excited and full of team spirit. However, that sense of camaraderie and team focus doesn’t always surface and if it does, can dwindle; only to have to be rebuilt all over again once a new season begins. I began to think that perhaps the biggest hat studio directors have to wear is that of cheerleader. If we were to look at the role as the “team captain,” it really does start with keeping motivation and momentum going in order to achieve a common goal. Realistically, it all has to start with enthusiasm, passion, desire, commitment and focus in order to achieve individual and group success; and if the captain isn’t motivating their team from Day #1, the game is over before it’s begun!...........

 

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DANCE TEACHER WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH DOLLY KELEPECZ DIRECTOR OF DANCE TEACHER UNIVERSITY

Steve Sirico co-founder of Dance Teacher Web.com interviews Dolly Kelepecz who is the director of the Dance Teacher University Teacher Certification Program. She has been a professional dancer for over thirty years. She danced with Los Angeles Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre and the Zurich Opera Ballet before joining the famed Lido Show at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas where she was the principle dancer/ singer.

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Exciting Interview With Aja DePaolo Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher

Dance Teacher Web Founder interviews Aja DePaolo who is a former student of the D'Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre in Fairfield CT. Aja has toured with Selena Gomez, Cee lo Green. Has appeared in videos with the Jonas Bothers and Kelly Rowland. She will be performing in the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Rita Moreno on December 29 2015!

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DANCE TEACHER WEB SPECIAL VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH RICKY HINDS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF "NEWSIES"

**This week we are thrilled to have DTW Faculty Member and Associate Director of the Tony Award winning "Newsies," Ricky Hinds in our Dance Teacher Web video interview corner! Get the inside scoop straight from this extraordinary artist on his views on teaching, students and how to make the most impact towards nurturing successful dancers!**

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PROMOTING HEALTHY COMPETITION AMONGST DANCERS

This is not always a negative thing if done in a healthy mindset with tons of positive support behind it. Now, the balance to this is to ALWAYs reaffirm and remind students that no dancer should obsessively compare themselves to another because it’s like apples and oranges. No two are alike and each always possesses something that the other doesn’t. That’s the beauty in learning and being inspired from one another. What should be their focus is taking control over their own technique, their own training and cultivating what those unique qualities are; which is going to make them succeed. This is what should drive them and push them to the next level.........

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TEN "MUST-DO'S" TO GET YOU ORGANIZED & RECITAL READY!

Studio directors, that time of year is quickly approaching and recital season is in the air. Here is my handy checklist and timeline to help you stay organized in the weeks ahead. Stay ahead of the game and on target and you're sure to have a stress-free recital season! Merde to all!.........

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TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS COMPETITION COURTESY

When we head into competition season we are usually engulfed in setting pieces, rehearsing, ordering costumes and perfecting every last detail so that it is show ready. We spend countless months coming up with concepts for our dances, organizing schedules and ensuring that our dancers not only know their choreography but are performing with their hearts from the inside-out. We take great pleasure in watching them onstage; not so much for the fact of where they place, but to see their progress from where they started to where they are going........

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HOW TO DESIGN AN EFFECTIVE SUMMER INTENSIVE DANCE PROGRAM

Can you believe we're already nearing the end of March? We are quickly moving towards the end of what is hopefully turning out to be your best year yet and it's time to start turning attention to the summer season! Lining up your summer intensive schedule can be as daunting as your yearly schedule as there is a lot to include in a condensed amount of time. With so many things to think about, it's important that you sit down sooner vs. later to really consider what the most important elements are that you wish to include in your program. It's also wise to be ahead of the game so you can lock in those teachers you are really hoping to bring in. Here's a little help when considering the design of your summer program.............

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STUDIO LOYALTY: WHEN STUDENTS DANCE FOR MULTIPLE STUDIOS

As a studio owner, there are challenges in and of itself when dealing with other dance studios who are in close proximity to yours. There is constant competition in gaining business, losing business, staying relevant, keeping on the pulse of current trend and offering top-notch training. These are all issues one faces on a daily basis when opening a dance studio. A further stress comes into play when we are faced with dance students who suddenly feel the desire to dance at multiple studios. To make the situation even trickier, there are students who often dance AND compete at those other studios in a close mile radius..........

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IMPLEMENTING APPROACHABLE TEACHER EVALUATIONS

Assessment is always a hot-button issue regarding education. It's particularly a tender subject when dealing with paying customers, but what happens should you choose to administer teacher evaluations amongst your faculty as well? This can also create a bit of angst for everyone involved. However, should you choose to implement this, it is essential to keep in mind the most diplomatic ways of going about it. Remind teachers it's less about assessing their skills and more about ensuring you are all on the same page in terms of the training you are providing your students......

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ORGANIZING THE PRODUCTIVE FACULTY MEETING

Studio owners, how often do you and your staff/faculty partake in weekly, bi- monthly or monthly staff meetings? Do you have a regimented protocol to keep abreast of the things currently going on at the studio and projections as such? If not, there are a million reasons to add these studio "touch-bases" to your agenda..........

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BEING MINDFUL ABOUT MUSIC SELECTION!

Studio Directors, is faculty selection of music a constant stress? Do you have to approve all music choices because teachers choose the same music or inappropriate content, music that does not match your recital theme, dated and overdone songs, etc.? How do you diplomatically suggest to faculty that you'd prefer them to think of another idea? Being able to balance artistic directorship without stifling teachers creativity is a fine line. Sometimes though, for the sake of the business and developing memorable works that showcase professionalism, variety and artistry is necessary.....

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BRINGING IN MASTER TEACHERS & GUEST ARTISTS

Studio owners, if you've given thought to bringing in master classes, workshops or guest choreographers for your students, this can be a wonderful experience for a number of reasons. While the faculty you hand select should be a group of teachers who consistently challenge your students, raise the bar and have high artistic merit while evolving year after year, sometimes new blood in the studio is a way to shake things up and expose your dancers to a whole new experience. Giving your dancers an opportunity to learn from different teachers with many different styles and aesthetics is an invaluable opportunity that will only enhance their vernacular and artistic palette.........

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NEW YEAR "CHECK-IN" FOR DANCE STUDIO OWNERS & TEACHERS

Heading into a new year (or really what is "mid-year" for the dance season,) is just as exciting for dance teachers as it is for students. Everyone can benefit from the little bit of down time over the break which helps to re- energize and gear up for the remaining season ahead. Sometimes however, there can be a little anxiety with the thought of heading back into the studio in terms of lesson planning, finding music for the spring shows, coming up with fresh ideas for choreography and rehearsing for those shows as well as cleaning for competition...............

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Costume Gallery Announces Scholarship Winner

Costume Gallery would like to congratulate Sara Pavesi, the grand prize winner of our 2015 Beverly Miller Dance Scholarship, along with the other eighteen scholarship winners. Sara dances with the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theater in New Jersey. With the help and support of her family, Sara founded Tutus for Tumors, a program that raises awareness and funds towards a cure for Neurofibromatosis, a disorder that she personally overcomes on a daily basis

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DTW

We here at Dance Teacher Web would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful year. It has been an eventful one for us and we're sure it has been for you too. While we acknowledge the current climate and devastating events occurring here in the U.S. and around the world, it's not hard to believe another full year has gone by so quickly. You have all grown with these changes, adapted and persevered. This is the time of year however, when we should remember we are here on this earth for what is a brief moment..........

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DEALING WITH THE OVERLY CONFIDENT DANCE STUDENT

As dance teachers, we all love when our students excel and have a stellar performance year. A year where we see the student blossom and have that "A-HA" moment when everything starts to click for them in class. It's wonderful to see their hard work pay off as well as our own and is the moment every teacher waits for. However, what happens when those students come back to class the following season and are getting, shall we say, a little "overly confident" and a little too big for their britches?..................

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LIGHTEN THE LOAD: LETTING GO OF NEGATIVITY & EMBRACING POSITIVITY

It may seem like common knowledge and something that is a given; surrounding ourselves only with people who lift us up and want to be see us succeed and fly high. But, that is not always the case and we can at times wind up in a situation where the energy which surrounds us needs to be assessed and shaken up a bit. As studio owners, you deal with all different types of personalities and temperaments; people that want things from you, people that only need you for what do for them, people that question your every move and then the people that you trust and want to see your hard work and dedication pay off. There are all kinds that will enter and exit your life over an extended period of time. It's fluid. The problem starts to come into play when we don't acknowledge the negativity which sometimes can present itself and let it manifest until we second guess who we are and where we are going.............

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TO COMPETE OR NOT TO COMPETE?

To compete or not to compete, this is a posing question for any studio owner in terms of the _"type"_ of studio they are going to market themselves as. Are you a traditional training facility, solely focused on classical training methods; creating technicians and performers who will go onto company work? OR…does your studio's curriculum focus more on being fiercely competitive, where emphasis is also placed on training elements considered to be "current" while stressing endurance in order to prepare students to compete weekend after weekend? OR…. are you a balance of the two; with a strong focus on traditional training methods while providing your students with one or two regional competition opportunities a year in order to expose them to new performance venues and gain objective and constructive feedback from professionals as they would at an audition? All are valid and personal, yet take very different form. Each studio director is responsible for setting the tone as to whether they will be labeled a "competition studio" or not and it's up to you to decide where in the spectrum you care to take to take your students.............

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SIMPLE STRETCHES DANCERS CAN DO AT HOME!

Getting students, particularly young students to warm-up or want to warm-up is a difficult feat in the studio itself. Dancers come in and often ask the question, _"Do we have to warm-up?"_ in the hopes you will say, _"No we don't have to today,"_ and will jump straight to leaps across the floor or the cool combo that's awaiting them..............

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IMPLEMENTING MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS INTO STUDIO CURRICULUM

It's always a great feeling to recognize and reflect when a new program or added class has been successful. For me, this was the inception of our Musical Theatre Workshop Program. A few years back I was asked by the artistic directors of the studio, to start this class; not really knowing what to expect or how I would structure the class. Many, many shows later and we have a real winner on our hands!.......

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EASY IDEAS TO BRING THE HALLOWEEN "SPIRIT" TO YOUR STUDIO!

BOO! Happy early Hallow's Eve 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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IDENTIFYING YOUR DANCE STUDIO'S CORE VALUES

Every business, company and thriving organization has built their success on the fundamental core values which they believe supports the essence of who they are and what their service represents. For dance studios, this is no different. Or, at least it shouldn't be. In the midst of infinite dance studios around the world, a studio's core values are what separates each of them and makes them unique....

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RECITAL THEMES.....CREATIVE TOOL OR STIFLING BOUNDARY?!

Directors, what is your take on building an end of the year show which encompasses all your dancers' and faculty's hard work while demonstrating continuity and a pleasurable viewing experience? Any memorable performance that we attend usually has rhyme or reason to it, right? A theme or a choreographic sensibility should reflect cohesiveness throughout the performance. Often times, dance concerts which are disjointed and lacking in direction leave the audience feeling the same way and the same will hold true for your own audiences. This is glaringly obvious when it is, shall we say, an _"extended"_ performance without intent, but we need to keep the audience on the edge of their chairs, engaged and awake from beginning to end! So how do we do all this and keep them coming back for more?

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DANCE COMPANY AUDITION CHECKLIST

Most dancers in the studio setting strive to achieve the illustrious company status at some point in their training, if they are serious enough. How you determine who is ready to advance and who needs some more time "marinating" is an important decision based on a variety of factors that should be determined and discussed by you and your faculty through the audition process. Those factors should range from a whole host of things and should be objectively deconstructed. Below are a few of those important priorities and can be translated into tangible checklists in which you and your faculty may score during auditions per each auditionee. Subsequent meetings with each individual dancer and their parents should then be scheduled that week to explain your decision-making. This is the time where you can discuss where you see the dancer going forward and how you will help them achieve their goals. Checklists can be made simply to range from a score 1-5 per category/technique idiom with a column for "notes" for each dancer...........

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IT'S A WRAP! DTW LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2015!

Well, it's a wrap everyone! As another DTW LIVE Conference comes to a close, we would just like to take a second to reflect on what an incredible event we've just had; and it's because of you, our attendees. Our first year on the east coast was a definite success, which is only measured by the feedback and responses we've gotten from you. The enthusiasm, zest for learning and passion for what you do was in full throttle...........

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DTW LIVE 2015-DAY 3 DAILY RECAP!

Hello again everyone! We are so excited as another day of classes comes to a close here at Foxwoods! Today's festivities had people moving and grooving all over the place and we couldn't be happier to see our attendees enthusiasm and zest for learning continue. We also witnessed a lot of networking and collaborating going on and that's what we aim for; for you to make connections in every capacity!.......

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DTW LIVE 2015-DAILY ROUND UP!

So??? How was everyone's first full day of classes?! From the looks of things and energy that was buzzing around the hallways, I think we're off to a great start! We love to see attendees full of excitement and ready to learn and we certainly hope we delivered! This is your time and it's our goal this week to inspire and give you some new ideas and tools to bring back to your own students! In case you missed a few things today, we're here to keep you in the conference loop!

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LET'S GET IT STARTED! 2016 DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO BEGINS!

The time is finally here everyone! We are so thrilled to kick off the 2015 Dance Teacher Web LIVE Conference & Expo here at Foxwoods Resort & Casino! This year, we're bringing it to you from the East 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 Alex Wong, Liz Imperio, Simone DePaolo, Judy Ann Bassing, Jessica Smith-Epting, Aaron Turner, Wayne Sleep, our Directors Angela and Steve Sirico and many other greats in the business!

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WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND THE 2015 DTW ULTIMATE LEADERSHIP PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR?

Whether you're a Studio Owner or a Dance Teacher, effective leadership skills are the all-important glue that holds your entire operation together. Many are leaders without knowing how to lead. Few know how to make the energy and skill of leading work so that people and situations follow them in a positive and successful way........We asked Robert Landau, Faculty Member, international Life Management Solutions Speaker, Consultant and Published Author to share his thoughts on this not-to-miss special event!............

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MAINTAINING TECHNIQUE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

With the summer season upon us, it's essential to stress the importance of maintaining technique, strength and flexibility during the summer vacation to our dancers. So many times dancers make such beautiful progress throughout the year only to come back the following September having to start from scratch because they didn't remain consistent in their training rituals. Now, while many won't take dance classes over the summer because of family vacations, summer camp, lack of availability of classes, what have you, there are many ways you can remind your dancers how essential it is to keep their bodies active and moving over the coming months. Aside from the physical benefits, keeping active mentally and kinesthetically through their dancing as well will create for a sustained mind-body and spirit connection......

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TIPS FOR SELECTING DANCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

As studio director, the act of giving scholarships to well deserving dancers and their families can create endless opportunity for a child as well as financial relief for struggling parents. In today's economy with so many families feeling the constraints of these circumstances, how do you choose who receives them? What is your protocol for selecting scholarship worthy candidates during any given year? Here are some things to ask yourself so that you are able to maintain your business but provide the awards to those who will make the most of the given opportunity! How will you decide who receives a scholarship? Will it be solely based on talent and skill? Or will you also consider awarding scholarships to those based on attendance, progress, good class habits/attitude, desire, etc.?

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BUILDING YOUR ADOLESCENT CHOREOGRAPHY CURRICULUM

There has always been much emphasis placed on creative movement within K-12 dance education and studio training. However, the concept of integrating formal, more sophisticated improvisation and choreography-composition classes within the private studio sector, has often been overlooked. It is important to mention the growing trend of technically-trained adolescent dancers who are finding choreography as their true calling and are often not experiencing these courses until they reach higher education dance programs. What is even more interesting is that the works of some of these young dance-makers are the most refreshing, thought-provoking and promising works I have seen throughout my time as a choreography teacher..........

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ULTIMATE LEADERSHIP FOR THE DANCE PROFESSIONAL

Ask yourself this......."**Are you an ultimate leader?"** Join us Monday, August 3rd, 2015 for a special, Pre-Conference workshop at this year's Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo & gain the tools & skills to achieve this important goal. Whether you're a Studio Owner or a Dance Teacher, effective leadership skills are the all-important glue that holds your entire operation together. Many are leaders without knowing how to lead. Few know how to make the energy and skill of leading work so that people and situations follow them in a positive and successful way............

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: NOW IS THE TIME TO RECONNECT WITH ALL OF YOUR CUSTOMERS

For many of us studio owners this is the time of year when we need to be planning ahead to our next year by finding ways to not only retain and re- energize the customers that we currently have but also to re-activate the ones that have left us. Each year there are some students that decide to move on, usually it is for a variety of reasons. They may be going through that period where they feel they are missing out on something because of their time at your studio. Perhaps they have decided that they want to try a sport or cheerleading, it doesn't really matter what the reason is it is just a natural occurrence when you are dealing with children. However, just because they leave you one year doesn't necessarily mean that they will not come back.

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WHAT EXACLTY IS THE R.A.D. BALLET TECHNIQUE?

The Royal Academy of Dance Ballet method is a world-wide codified syllabus and training program that has been around for many years. While it's popularity first started in the United Kingdom, many studios in the US and beyond also use the syllabus to teach their ballet students. While some may be unfamiliar with the method, this week Angela D'Valda Sirco sheds some light on this highly-regarded and successful program and the benefits to introducing it into the private studio sector.............

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STUDIO OWNERS & DANCE FACULTY: HOW TO REPRESENT THE UNITED FRONT

We all recognize with good parenting that the most effective way to ensure consistency and clarity in setting expectations is to represent a united front. When children see follow-through coming from both parents, it lets them know their parents are like-minded with similar philosophies and there is no question. Well, the same really holds true for you as studio directors when it comes to supporting your teachers. We all have had those dicey situations either with parents or students where someone is disgruntled or disappointed about something; and the first inclination is to blame the teacher if they are not getting their way. While it is a delicate balance of ensuring your clients are happy, throwing your teachers under the bus is not the way to go about it either. What this does is set up a precedent for resentment, undermining and feeling as though a teacher's authoritative role is not being supported in the choices they are making in their classes. They feel discounted. This is not an ideal approach to ensuring a long-lasting and productive working relationship between you and your faculty..........

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IT’S SHOWTIME! FIVE TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY CLEANING DANCE NUMBERS

OK everyone, we are at that time of year when we are setting numbers and need to give thought about the ones that are just about finished. While coming up with clever concepts and original choreography is a given, sometimes once all the "genius" is out there, the upkeep and "polishing" goes a bit overlooked. Other times, as much as we feel we are cleaning numbers, it's never looks exactly the way we hope it will once it hits the stage. So, how do we get our pieces performance and competition ready? Here are five tips to think about which will help you and your students take your numbers from a "nice" piece to "extraordinary" and will take that amazing choreography you set for them to a whole new level.

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DEALING WITH STUDENT-TEACHER SOCIALIZING OUTSIDE THE DANCE STUDIO

Studio Owners, you work hard to take time to interview teachers and carefully select those who will make a beneficial addition to your team. The right-blend of faculty makes for well-rounded training for your students; creating an experience and exposing them to different vantage points and personalities. Seeking a balanced personality of nurturing and warm yet challenging and authoritative is a difficult feat. Consequently, often times you may find yourself dealing with one extreme or the other. As studio directors you want your teachers to invest and love the kids as much as you do, but what happens when that relationship starts to develop outside the studio as well? And, how comfortable are you with that?

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIPS TO HELP YOUR FACULTY CLEAN THEIR CHOREOGRAPHY

Once your students know their choreography now comes the tough part. Keeping it fresh and clean. Plus we need to communicate with the dancers so that they understand that it is human nature to start to modify movement to make it easier or more comfortable. It can be a chore cleaning all the technique up so that the dancers can shine and sparkle when going before an audience. Each teacher will have their own individual way of cleaning their choreography but it will also be very helpful to them, especially if they are inexperienced, to have some tips to follow.

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TIDYING UP DANCE CLASS APPEARANCE

OK…call me old-school but in recent years I have seen a trend developing that has me wondering what has happened to "professional appearance" being one of the important lessons we are taught in a dance class. Isn't presentation still something to aspire to? It seems everywhere I go, the "dress code" for dance class has gotten more and more lax and it's really disheartening. Now just because I came from the perfectly neat, slicked back bun, no pins showing or fly-away's anywhere school of thought doesn't mean I'm not up with the times. But, I am still a firm believer that how you look in dance class and present yourself is a direct reflection on how you are going to dance in that class. All I see lately are messy top-knots, belly's exposed, sports bras, sweatpants ten-times too big, bare legs, booty shorts, oversized sweatshirts and paws worn in every class.

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LETS DANCE! ENJOY THIS FUN DANCE COMMERCIAL FOR SLEEP INNOVATIONS

Check Out This Fun Commercial For The Mattress Company Sleep Innovations Choreographed By Dance Teacher Web Founders Steve Sirico and Angela D'Valda Sirico. A Big thank you to all of the terrific dancers Mark Stuart, Michelle Camaya, CJ Tyson, Mindy Wallace, Jon Drake and April Berry. This video features partner work, lifts and a funky fun swing style. This commercial was created by Impulse Concept Group who have produced commercials for companies all over the world!

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BUILDING EFFECTIVE EVALUATION FORMS FOR DANCER PROGRESS

Studio owners, how much thought have you given to measuring yearly progress amongst your dancers? Sure, the _"eyeball it"_ method works when your teachers are in the studio with them, day in and day out, but sitting down and actually deconstructing their progress in many different areas will give both your students and their parents an individualized and tangible look at the scope of where they were, where they are going and where they would like to be going forward. The effects of student evaluations are also the most diplomatic ways in which to go about them for your business' clientele. They get everyone on the same page and quickly clears up any raised questions as to why a dancer is or isn't moving on to another level, receiving feature parts, solos, etc.

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KEEPING THE PASSION & MAGIC ALIVE WITHIN YOURSELVES.

With Valentine's Day having just past, emotions regarding, love, passion and joy were at the forefront. As teachers, we give our hearts and soul on a daily basis to our "Little Valentines" and expend a lot of energy regarding the progress and journey of our students. Where they are going, who they will audition and ultimately dance for and where life will take them becomes as much as an invested interest in their accomplishments as our own. We get those butterflies of nerves and excitement for them as they wait in the wings to step out stage, anticipate the arrival of college acceptance letters and patiently await to hear news from professional callbacks. We do so because they are more than our students, but our "kids," who we worked with for so many years with to get them to this point. We also get those butterflies because we know what it is like; we've been there and experienced these life and professional events. Whether a teacher's own professional dance career was short or long lived, we still live vicariously through them, remembering the nerves, the adrenaline and the exhilaration of life as a dancer at that moment.

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THE BENEFITS OF QUALITY MUSIC EDITS

The difference between a professional, well rounded dance work being presented and a less professional one is usually a culmination of factors; from concept, choreography, costumes, appropriateness and often forgotten about.....music editing. The cuts and edits you make on a piece of music for your dancers is crucial in terms of looking and 'sounding' like a professional studio. Not always easy to achieve on your own and sometimes not in the budget to hire out, we spoke with Jason Marquette, owner and director of Marquette Productions on the tips and tricks to both handling the task on your own and/or considering the benefits on hiring someone to help you out!

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TAKE ACTION NOW AND WATCH YOUR BUSINESS SOAR!

**A Dream turn into Goals with a Non Stop Action Plan becomes REALITY! ** Now read that a few times and really let it sink in! Here are two ideas on how you could develop your action plan. We have used this formula and have found that it works for both our business and on a personal level. Since our business is an extension of us we need to align both of these or your ying and yang will be out of whack! I just love the saying " If you wait for all the lights to turn green you will never leave your driveway!" So here is your plan to get moving NOW!

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DANCE EDUCATION & DANCE TRAINING

Often times, the terms "dance education" and "dance training" are used interchangeably. Though there are a multitude of similarities and crossovers, there are however distinct differences between both which you can learn to identify and incorporate into your studio's curriculum to cultivate a cohesive program. So what is the difference?.................

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MAINTAINING INTEGRITY WHILE EARNING INCOME FOR YOUR DANCE STUDIO

Let's be honest. Running a dance studio in 2015 is challenging for a myriad of reasons; particularly if someone is just starting out or competing with multiple businesses of the same kind. This is where the marketing of the studio becomes essential as to whether it will be a success or failure. Standing out and making a name for yourself when there are 5 other dance studios in a 3 mile radius can be a daunting reality. How will you bring in clientele year after year? How will you acquire new business? How will your "product" differ and reign supreme over other dance-studio businesses? What is it that you have to offer that nobody else does and will? These are all essential thoughts and strategies that must be looked at over the trajectory of your marketing plan. The idea of establishing a "brand" that works for you and serves as the foundation of the business is key; while counterbalancing that with new, fresh and creative ideas that will liven things up and bring vivacity to the business is crucial as well.

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COSTUME GALLERY'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The founders of Costume Gallery, Beverly Miller and her husband Norman, served the dance community for over 50 years. Beverly loved Costume Gallery, was inspired by the wonderful dancers and teachers she met and knew firsthand the personal and social values gained by participating in dance programs. In honor of her memory and dedication to young dancers in the community, Costume Gallery established the Beverly Miller Scholarship Fund to help young people pursue their dance education

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THE NEXT BIG IDEA FOR YOUR DANCE STUDIO IS IN YOUR HEAD!

One of the important things that every studio owner must do is to get away from your business so you can take an objective look from the outside and really see what you do well and what needs work. But don't stop there! Now, focus on what you can do to enhance your business and what will create more revenue for your company. As business owners we need find the time to work on our business not just in it

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THE TOP 5 THINGS DANCE COMPETITION JUDGES WANT TO SEE THIS YEAR!

Another competition season is just around the corner studio owners. While your faculty is hard at work choreographing those amazing pieces for your dancers, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty and get real about what competition judges are actually looking for vs. what the masses seems to think they want to see. As with any recommendation I give, staying true to your studio's vision and creative mission and sensibility will always be top billing. But, here are five sure-fire tips that will have the judges sitting up a little taller at their seats and dancing along with music!

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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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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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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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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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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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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 PARENT TRAP: AVOIDING THE PITFALLS IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!

Studio owners.….it's that time again!! Another new season is in full swing and it's time to give some thought about the precedence you'd like to establish as you start fresh and move forward. As we all know, year after year, return clientele is the way to keep your business thriving and a recognizable staple in your community. However, there is a fine line between keeping your customers satisfied with the quality training you are providing their child and succumbing to parents who might think they have carte blanche when it comes to questioning protocol you have put into place.

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STARTING THE DANCE SEASON OFF RIGHT WITH GOOD TRAINING ETIQUETTE.

As dance teachers we are clear on our role to teach our students proper technique and performance skills. However, as generations are continually changing, so is the world in which they are growing up in. Perhaps a traditionalist to some extent, it is my belief that certain etiquette, good habits and respect for the dance studio is becoming a lost value within some training programs. Furthermore, while the dance studio is many times a student's "home-away-from-home," we also become example-setters; instilling rules, discipline and boundaries of our own for the welfare of our students. While it is a fine line to be cognizant of what some parents could misconstrue as overstepping their parental rights, it is always important to reassure them and be clear that the studio and teachers' mission is undoubtedly in the best interest of their children and studio community.

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STAYING TRUE & BELIEVING IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!

**As a studio director, the most difficult part of the job is how to take all the components, all the balls juggling in the air, all the ****_"white noise"_ in the background, opinions, requests and desires of our clients and with a snap of your fingers make it all happen; as seamlessly and quickly as humanly possible. Oh....and did I mention on a daily basis? As with any business owner, our clients are what keep us afloat; simple as that. As much as we do what we do for the passion of our art and love for our students, there is a clear, basic presence of the_ supply and demand _****principle which supersedes all of that. It has to; otherwise you wouldn't be in business.**

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ACKNOWLEDGING THE X-FACTOR IN YOUR DANCE STUDENTS.

As dance teachers, we come across every configuration of student; the dancer who may not be the greatest technician but has such passion and enthusiasm for learning it inspires us and makes us excited to teach. Then there's the dancer that takes class because it is nothing more than a social activity and are humoring their parent's dreams and actually has no desire to dance whatsoever. There's the dancer that just wants to have fun; the dancer that is such an amazing technician every turn, extension and elevation comes so easy to them you almost wonder if they are marking; BUT… simultaneously is the most boring performer you've ever seen. Conversely there's also the amazing performer but not the greatest technician. And then **_THEY_ **appear….the one or two students that have it all. They are the technician, the performer, the artist, and the thinker; while possessing the instinct, passion, discipline, desire and drive without it being motivated by you, the teacher. Oh we've all seen it. The student that comes in and is good at every genre, willing to try whatever you ask them to and inspires and challenges you in a way it keeps you on your toes and makes you want to choreograph a masterpiece for them because not only do they comprehend the complexity of your steps, but envelop stylistic nuance and understand movement quality well beyond their years.

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WHAT DANCE STUDENTS WANT vs. WHAT DANCE STUDENTS NEED

The task of running a dance studio comes with all sorts of rewards year in and year out. However, anyone who got into this business thinking there wouldn't be some difficult decisions along the way probably woke up to an enlightening reality; especially when parents and students think they know best. As we gear up for a new season ahead, here is some food for thought which might shed some light in terms of balancing what our dancers want and how to give them what they really need most.

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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE-LAST DAY ROUND UP!

Well.........here we are at the final day of DanceTeacherWeb Live Conference & Expo and we are overwhelmed at the response we have received the past few days! While every year brings new magic and inspiration, this year the energy was particularly contagious and seeing you all in your classes and chatting at the Expo was an amazing sight to see you all dive in, no holds barred; ready to learn and share your thoughts and vantage points as well. As we always say, we learn as much from you as you hopefully do from us! You are our inspiration to make each and every year's event better and better!

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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE IS IN THE SWING OF IT! DAILY RECAP!

Greetings everyone! We're back with another recap from Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo here at the beautiful Red Rock Resort and hope you all had another exciting, fulfilling, productive and fun day! What a better way to start off our morning with a beautiful poolside breakfast and Fashion Show sponsored by Costume Gallery while being serenaded to the incredible reggae sounds of "Dreads of Steel" to get things going?!

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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE-DAY #1 OF DANCE CLASSES=SUCCESS!

So....how's everyone feeling? All we can say is WOW!!! What an incredible day of classes and events to kick off this years DTW Live Conference & Expo! Firstly, the adrenaline and energy that was buzzing through the hallways this morning after the Expo Breakfast sponsored by IDS was a tell-tale sign that all of our attendees were ready to rock n' roll!

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2014 DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO KICK-OFF!

Welcome Everyone! The time has finally arrived so let's get this party started here at the Red Rock Resort for the 2014 DTW Live Conference & Expo. We are very excited to welcome you all for another event which is sure to inspire, enlighten and ignite that creativity and spirit we all know you all have!

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TRAINING YOUR STAFF 101

For many of us our season has just finished. We have had the excitement of the recitals and all end of year performances and although some studios continue running over the summer offering programs for their dancers, it is usually a quieter time as families take their vacations and children go to sleep away camps. Summer is a wonderful time to re-train your staff or to bring new staff members in to train from scratch

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EVERY DANCE STUDIO NEEDS SOME SUMMER LOVIN'!

As we bask in the summer months with a little downtime before summer intensives and the new fall season begins, now is a great time to think about decking the halls once more…..this time with a fresh facelift to welcome change and breathe some new air into the studio. While cost for any sort of repairs or cosmetic renovations is always a concern, there are some quick and easy ways to welcome students and parents back with a little pop of inspiration and some simple sprucing up around the studio! ** **

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CONFERENCE CALL! DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2014!

YES!! It's that time of year again when we are getting closer to our annual Dance Teacher Web Conference & Expo at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada! Join us July 27th-30th for what is sure to be the most knowledge, dance and info packed conference of the season!! From a vast array of movement classes, business classes and endless events, there is something for every teacher and studio owner from around the world! With our talented, multi- faceted and eclectic faculty, there is no end to the professional development and inspiration you will acquire and bring back to your own students and studios! Led by our very own Angela D'Valda Sirico and Steve Sirico, we are certain this year's conference and expo will be the one to beat! We chatted with co- director Steve Sirico about this year's goodies!

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THE TASK OF HIRING NEW DANCE FACULTY

Studio directors, with another amazing dance season about to begin, who you choose to keep on or hire to be part of your studio family for next year says a lot about the tone you set for your business and the kind of training being offered. I've seen many directors go through massive teacher turn-over year after year and can't figure out why they can't seem to find a consistent staff who "gets" what the studio's mission is and comply to it. While you might not fully know someone's teaching style and whether they are a good fit for your studio until they're teaching week after week, consider some of these things during the hiring process so you have a mental checklist of what you are ultimately looking for.

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VALUING KNOWLEDGE BEYOND MOVEMENT

From my experiences as both a student and a teacher, what I have come to recognize is that learning the why's and how's of technique, composition, history, anatomy, etc, is what ultimately separates the dancer who watches, repeats and may perform well with that who becomes an artist of their craft. Getting students, at an early age to understand and value the importance of where things come from, how a technique evolved, who the pioneers of a certain genre were and what their contributions to dance were, how a particular muscle works to achieve a desired position, the back-history of a musical, how changing the effort quality of a movement changes intent in a work, etc, can catapult our students into what I call "whole dancers" as opposed to solely trained moving vehicles; those literally just going through the motions.

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WHEN YOUR DANCE STUDENTS WANT TO TEACH..............

As studio owners we all have those students we've trained from the time they could walk. We have molded them, nurtured their technique, taught them classroom etiquette, celebrated their accomplishments and wiped tears during defeat and injury. When they arrive at that pivotal age where they are about to "leave the nest," but are still at the very beginning stages of their dance career, the idea of having these "mini-me's" transition to teaching is something all of us has considered. On the surface it seems like a logical transition; especially if these students understand your expectations and the way in which you go about your training curriculum. Realistically, they have had the extensive training themselves. They have seen how your faculty teaches, the material covered, etc. But is that enough? On the flip side, doesn't the the skill set and requirements for being an effective teacher and choreographer take years and years in itself to develop and learn? So, is a 17 year old really capable at that stage of their dance career to be catapulted into a permanent faculty role? I'm not so sure.

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FINDING INSPIRATION FOR DANCE STUDIO OWNERS

It is amazing to see the positive results when we are able to inspire the people who surround us on a daily basis. Being able to bring out the best in our staff, faculty, students and their parents is certainly worth the effort. People say that it is an art and in a way it is but like any artistic venture it can improve and flourish given the right amount of study and experience.

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FOR DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIME TO RE-ENERGIZE YOUR CUSTOMERS

For many of us studio owners this is the time of year when we need to be planning ahead to our next year by finding ways to not only retain and re- energize the customers that we currently have but also to re-activate the ones that have left us. Each year there are some students that decide to move on, usually it is for a variety of reasons. They may be going through that period where they feel they are missing out on something because of their time at your studio.

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KEEPING IT CLASSIC: TEACHING YOUR DANCERS ABOUT STAGE MAKEUP

Teachers, we all know the most exciting part of dance for our students is the opportunity to perform. Dancers prepare all year for that stage time when all of their hard work and commitment has paid off and brought them (and you!) to this point. The music is chosen, the choreography is rehearsed, the costumes are fitted….but what about the hair and makeup? The design of hair and makeup can make or break the entire look of your recital and either make it look professional and appropriate or amateur, without focus or thought. So how do we keep to the basics but give our dancers the guidelines to a clean, fresh and theatrical presentation that will be cohesive across the board?

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS! TIPS TO COSTUME DANCERS ON A BUDGET!

Everyone knows that costuming goes hand in hand with great choreography; and the look of a piece can make or break the artistic vision set forth by the choreographer. But, while none of us have a limitless budget, this week I'm bringing you the tips and tricks from costume mistress, Poochie Malloy, from the D'valda & Sirico Dance & Music Centre, on how to costume on a budget and still set your dancers apart while performing.

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BALLET TEACHERS: ARE BALLET TIGHTS JUST PASSÉ?

So….I'm old-school. I think devoted DTW blog readers have gotten that by now. I'm old-school in my expectations of in-studio class etiquette, my expectations for dress code, my whole teaching philosophy really. Bottom line-I believe when you are in a dance class, whether it be professional or recreational, you dress like a dancer. If you were a firefighter or a police officer you'd wear the uniform, if you were are a nurse, you'd wear scrubs, if you were a business person you'd wear a suit….helk, if you were a scuba diver you'd wear a wet suit!….So why is this any different for dancers? Well….I'm going to tell you why, specifically on the issue of wearing tights to class, particularly ballet class…….2 reasons…...

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THE REAL 411: DO’S & DON’TS OF COMPETITION PERFORMING!

As a dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher, competition judge and spectator I decided it's time to reach the masses with my compiled list of do's and don'ts before heading into another competition season. Use this as an inside glimpse into what adjudicators are really thinking and hope to see; while giving your students an optimal chance for success and self-confidence! More importantly…an opportunity to have fun, learn from their peers and take away the experience of performing in a new venue!

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WHAT EXACTLY IS K-12 DANCE EDUCATION ANYWAY?

As studio owners and dance teachers within the private sector, some may be unaware as to what exactly dance education entails within the K-12 setting. Over recent years, public schools have seen a mandated implementation of arts programs within curriculums; particularly dance programs. The state Departments of Education have received specific instructional requirements as to what these dance curriculums should include.

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RING! RING! RINGIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS!

**Happy 2014 Everyone!** Can you believe another year is already upon us? Where did 2013 go?! Well, now that the eggnog and decorations are put away, time to get down to business and take this opportunity to think about those things on our list we'd like to accomplish for the season ahead. While we all can admit, many times New Year's Resolutions are short lived, it is still a great time of reflection to** **consider what you hope to accomplish for your business and where you aim to take your students.

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HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS & HEALTHIEST OF NEW YEARS FROM DTW

Everyone here at the Dance Teacher Web Family would like to pause for a second and take the opportunity to thank you all for another wonderful and innovative 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 another full year has gone by so quickly. Every year though, time seems to go by faster and faster. With that, we have all grown with the changes that have come our way, adapted to new circumstances and persevered through obstacles. It 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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RINGING IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT YOUR STUDIO

With the holidays upon us, this is a great time for studio owners to tap into the joyous spirit that is radiating inside your doors and bond with students and faculty; building on the feeling of camaraderie, team work and the unified studio family you all are lucky to have. During the year, everyone gets so wrapped up on deadlines and choreography that we sometimes forget to stop and be grateful for each other, the gift of dance we receive every day and our "second home."

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Re-Auditioning your Company Members Yearly...Do, or Don't?

Directors, what is your view on re-auditioning your company members every year? It is definitely food for thought and in my experience an important essential to studio business. The most obvious reason is it gives new dancers an opportunity to move up from either apprentice, junior company, performance groups, etc. It also gives new dancers to the studio an opportunity to audition and get a sense of what the commitment entails; i.e. how "company" works.

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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2013 RECAP

Well..... What can I say except WOW! What an incredible few days it's been here at our Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo! So much to recap, but I must start with how electric the energy has been here at the conference! Everyone from the faculty to the attendees to our wonderful staff have been buzzing with enthusiasm, positivity and readiness! It's really been so exciting and inspiring to come in and teach and share with everyone.... and it keeps getting better year after year!

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Healthy Pick Me Ups For Your Dancers

We all aim to keep our dancers healthy and encourage well-balanced nutrition. Long days at school, followed by nights and weekend classes & rehearsals at the studio can leave young dancers drained. So how do we promote healthy eating and snacking to ensure they have the energy and acute brain power they need to thrive in class?

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Injury, Acupuncture & Younger Dancers

I had the privilege of sitting down with my friend, dancer, performer and now highly regarded NYC acupuncturist Erika Weber on the topic of acupuncture as a means for injury prevention and treatment in our younger dancers. If you have dancers of your own interested in this option, this is the interview for you! Very informative and some great advice to share in your studio! Enjoy!

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