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. So, how do we tackle this conflict of interest? First off, decide whether it is just that for you- a conflict of interest. Depending on what kind of studio you run will be a big factor in determining how you deal with this issue. If you run a recreational studio, this may not bother you as much as a studio who is a fully operational training facility and competition studio......Read More
Teaching Your Students Dance 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 currently are.....Read More
How To Deal With Problem Employees
Every studio owner hires staff and faculty with the best of intentions, and the hope that everyone will get along and there will be no personnel issues. The reality is, that’s mostly wishful thinking. If your business is growing and you are employing more people, the odds are increasing not one or more hires aren’t going to work out. It is important to have a plan in place for how you are going to deal with problems before they occur. It may not be, and hopefully won’t be, a major issue but even small irritants can become a real stress builder for you if not properly managed.Read More
The Top 10 Tax Tips For Small & Growing Businesses
Taxes are one of the most important issues facing small and growing businesses. And, like a company's profits, its annual tax bill will, in part reflect the owner's skills and knowledge. Business owners need to be sure that they are meeting all of their responsibilities to the tax man, and also seizing every opportunity to reduce their taxes. These tax tips will ensure Uncle Sam is not getting more than his due.Read More
Tips to Improve Your Productivity!
See if any of these you may be feeling from time to time:Read More
Streamlining Your Studio Office
Last month we spoke about controlling chaos especially with your front desk. This month I want to talk about ways to streamline your studio office. Whether you have a small or large office area the key is to keep it as mess free a possible and as functional for everyone that needs to use it as possible. In your office it is helpful to have a computer, a fax machine, a printer and a copy machine. You will need sufficient desk space to be able to keep incoming mail in a tray or inbox and still have space to work and a file cabinet that you can lock for all your client and student information.Read More
Letting go of Negative Dance Students
What do you do when you have a student who’s extremely talented, naturally gifted and a brilliant performer but their attitude outshines the aforementioned? How do you handle the lack of respect, the inappropriate comments to peers, the insults to your studio and the all-around negativity? While it may seem tempting to bite your lip because these type of talented dancers make your studio “look good,” the long term ramifications can affect your business, the precedent you’re setting and the example you’re setting for the other students.
Growing pains aside, we all deal with adolescents who have an off-period from time to time where they may seem distracted, disconnected in their classes and their attitude is not what it usually is. Fair enough. We are dealing with teenagers, hormones, emotional roller coasters and drastic physical changes to the body here. But, as teachers, we are keen enough to differentiate and cut a kid a break when a usually well-mannered dancer is having a bad week vs. this being the actual temperament and usual behavior of a student.Read More