It is rare to find a dance company so willing to be about the artist, and not ulterior motives. CLI Studios is about the artist. They’re more about the dancer and teacher learning and continuing to stay inspired, and less about how much money they make at the end of a fiscal year. CLI Studios […]
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This new year, take “I’m too busy” out of your vocabulary for healthier body and mind, and dive with your whole self into a richer life. “Oh my goodness, how are you?” an old friend squeals when I see her at the store recently. “Busy,” I reply with my default answer. “Oh I knoooowww, we’re […]
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The BIGGEST mistake Dance Studios are making in their marketing right now… Here’s a BIG question for you this week, lovely Dance Informa readers! When it comes to your studio, are you marketing what you DO or are you marketing what you GIVE? You see, one of the biggest challenges is how to promote your […]
Vincas Greene was Chair of the Department of Dance at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, and worked there for 21 years. Students adored him and affectionately referred to him as “Master Greene”. Upon leaving Brenau and moving to Spokane, Washington, to continue to develop his art form, Greene communicated to his students via a heartfelt […]
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Several elite protégés at PULSE dance convention, numerous awards, and a win for Best Musical Theatre number at this past August’s Industry Dance Awards (for the third year in a row). That smells like success. So how does one studio do it? Allegro Performing Arts Academy, located in Kent, Washington, sure knows how. The Industry […]
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Connie Bellingshausen has taught dance since 1972, giving her over 40 years of experience in creating and executing lesson plans. While she has also taught jazz, tap and even period dancing (including Irish and Scottish dances), her main focus has been ballet. Now, much of her ballet expertise is available to the wider public, as […]
It’s already time to start getting organized for recital season – can you believe it? Dance Informa’s popular Costume Guide is now released! See the latest costumes from the industry’s top costume design houses. These companies will help you dress your dancers in style, and give you the customer service that you need to run […]
Introducing Studio Pulse Software Running a dance studio requires one to wear many different hats. An owner must look out for the students, offer great training, gather together a good group of faculty and staff, and organize recitals and performances. But studio owners also have to be business savvy – deal with tuition, registration, scheduling […]
How many times do you get to the end of the week and feel like you’ve been so busy teaching and taking care of everyone in the studio that you haven’t had a moment to yourself? Just “keeping up” with the workload of running a studio can make it tricky to get the important things […]
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Being thankful is a great mindset to adopt all year round. But Thanksgiving, in particular, is a great reason to vocalize what we’re thankful for. This Turkey Day, we’re saluting those who keep us pointing our toes, on our legs and grooving in the dance studio. Let’s give thanks to the tireless, passionate dance teachers […]
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As I removed my tap shoes and sat down to write this article, I thought, “What is the most important thing I’d like my readers to get from this article?” Well, obviously, I would wish for you all to fall in love with tap dance. I know, I know, that’s quite a lofty goal, but […]
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Whether you’re shopping dance costumes for competition, a Christmas show, spring concert or recital, there are a ton of reliable, fabulous costume companies to choose from. In no particular order, here are Dance Informa’s 13 favorite dance costumes this season. #1. “Cosmic” from Tenth House This ballroom-inspired costume, designed by Allison Holker, has everything you […]
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WHERE WILL YOU DANCE THIS SEASON? The 2015/16 Competition and Convention Guide is out now! See the hottest dance competitions and conventions this season. Check what events will be in or near your city this year. Many events are visiting new cities, so make sure to check out the calendars. View the guide at www.danceinforma.us/dance-competition-and-convention-guide
Welcome to the first episode of Dance Informa’s new video series, Studio Owner Tips from Studio Expansion. If the enrollments in your studio could do with a boost, here are three ways to get more students through the door quickly! 1. The “Invitation” Strategy This strategy works wonders! By using personalized invitations, you’ll bond your […]
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Fierce, sassy, fabulous, and genuine. Those are the first four words that come to mind when I think of up and coming dancer/teacher Meghan Sanett. With a recent nomination for an Industry Dance Award, and touring as a faculty member with Tremaine Dance Conventions, Meghan Sanett is definitely making a [ball change] splash in the dance world. […]
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Sadly summer break is over, but that means it’s time to get back to dance class! Dance Informa’s Back to School Guide includes great products and studio solutions to start your dance year off right. Get back to the studio with a fresh look, ideas and resources and make this dance year your best yet! […]
By Angela D’Valda Sirico of DanceTeacherWeb.com. All businesses have customers. Many have staff and business associates that you will have to work with. Sooner or later you will have to deal with a difficult one. You may even be dealing with one right now! How you deal with it will be a huge factor in how […]
Social media can be an excellent learning tool, but it also comes with physical dangers – ones that could affect your health and your career as a dancer. Like most dancers, your Instagram feed is probably taken up with gorgeous poses, inspirational quotes and other images and videos that motivate you to excel at your […]
If you’re a professional dancer wearing pointe shoes all day long, you may experience some pain with pointe work. However, it is possible for pointe to be pain-free, especially for the beginner. If you have your shoes fitted correctly, and achieve the right level of strength and mobility, you shouldn’t be experiencing any real pain. […]
When I was younger I grew up dancing at a school that used ballet class music from CDs. The songs became intimately familiar, every track memorized, and every song seeming to fit just right to the steps our teacher had set. Of course I wondered how the artistic director for that album chose the music, […]
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#1. Rehearse, rehearse, then rehearse some more. I cannot stress enough the importance of running dances. I know it can get a bit monotonous and tedious, but judges love a clean, well-rehearsed dance. Teacher tip: Have a Nationals rehearsal the week before Nationals. Run every single dance, every single day and have someone else (a […]
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By Steve Sirico of DanceTeacherWeb.com and Dance Teacher Web LIVE Conference & Expo. We have been asked this question many times. The answer is now! We need to think about our marketing in the same way that we prepare for our classes. If we taught only one class to students, we wouldn’t expect results right then and there […]
By Christine Dion of Mode Dion. Makeup in Egypt during the time of Pharaohs was more than just a beauty ritual. Both men and women sought youthful beauty and used many cosmetics and skin care products to enhance skin tone and radiance. Egyptians believed makeup had magical powers. Black Galena Kohl was used as eye liner applied […]
We all know the world of ballet needs more men. So how do we, as teachers, keep boys interested in ballet class, at any age? Rain Francis consulted Shaw Coleman, who is currently working as a freelance dancer and choreographer in Europe. #1. Focus on combinations that are less complicated and pretty and more strength-based and […]
The ever-popular and highly anticipated Dance Teacher Web Live (DTWLive), a four-day event that caters to dance teachers and studio owners, will take place on the east coast for the first time since it was first created in 2009. To be held at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, August 3-6, DTWLive will include […]
Dance Informa, Weissman and Dancewear Solutions have recently partnered to create Steal the Spotlight – an exciting opportunity for your studio and dancers to team up and win amazing dancewear and tuition prizes! By encouraging your dancers to enter this contest, you both have a chance of winning a grand prize worth $2,000. This prize […]
Mimes painting the face white originated from stage shows dating back as far as 467 BC. This form of entertainment used gestures, mimics and dance, not words, to communicate and entertain. The purpose of the white face was to help the audience be able to see the performer from far away. The designs on the […]
By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. Dance students new to pointe are always excited. They’ve been watching their favorite ballerinas since they were little, or they watched enviously in past years as their older peers got permission to get their pointe shoes. But now it’s their turn. They get fitted for their shoes, sew on […]
Attention DANCE TEACHERS Dance Informa’s 2014 Recital Costume Guide is Out Now! The 2015 costume ranges are just stunning! Visit www.danceinforma.us/recital-costume-guide to be inspired and find the perfect costumes for your students from the industry’s best costume designers. Wow your audiences, parents, and students this recital season!
Dance competition and convention season is starting! Where will you dance? Dance Informa has compiled a guide of the hottest dance competitions and conventions this season. Book your place! Dance Informa’s Competition and Convention Guide can help you plan your dance season. These competitions, conventions and dance intensives provide great opportunities to learn, compete, grow […]
By Paul Henderson. The other day I happened to glance down at my wife’s feet. No shoes and no socks revealed a big toe toenail so long that I immediately christened it “dagger toe.” She explained that this toe situation was a direct result of owning a dance studio and would likely remain that way […]
By Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, The Dance Exec. Dance studios have long explored the best way to offer recital ticket sales—whether it is in studio (lines, lotteries, etc.), via box offices, or with mail requests. Eric Housh was standing in his daughter’s studio’s recital ticket line when he realized that his company, Ticket Biscuit, could potentially […]
By Leigh Schanfein of Dance Informa. Who is an athletic trainer? The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) defines Athletic Trainers (AT) as “health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.” They specialize in educating and treating patients in order […]
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MOTION [mo-shun] Noun The action or process of moving forward; Power of movement; The act or process of moving; The ability or power to move. The word “motion” is defined as the action of constantly moving forward. It was this characterization at its core that was the inspiration and the namesake of the new dance studio management software, MOTION by TigerSix. To understand the concept […]
For those of you that haven’t heard, MOTION by TigerSix is the new dance studio management software for the industry. MOTION was designed to solve the specific “pain-points” of running and managing a dance studio. The team at TigerSix worked directly with studio owners, teachers and the leaders in the dance industry (Dance Teacher Web, Discount Dance […]
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin. By Paul Henderson. Your end of the season recital is over (or it will be in a matter of weeks), and you’re looking forward to that blissful feeling of accomplishment and pride as yet another successful dance season has passed. Congratulations on shepherding […]
By Paul Henderson. The biggest “aha moment” for my dance studio happened in 2006 when I noticed that our students never came to class naked. In all my years as the son of a dance studio owner, the brother of dancers, the manager of a dancewear retail store, the husband of a dance studio owner […]
By Steve Sirico of DanceTeacherWeb.com and Dance Teacher Web LIVE Conference & Expo. Teaching over the long haul can be a drain, especially if you are teaching a lot of classes and are pushed to create. One of the toughest things teachers face throughout the season is to stay motivated and energized. You are constantly giving and if […]
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Attention Dance Teachers & Studio Owners – here’s your chance to enjoy an incredible getaway in Vegas just for you! Dance Teacher Web LIVE Conference & Expo July 27 -30, Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada. First day highlights include a special Master Class, Pre-Conference Business Seminar exclusively for Studio Owners, the start of Dance […]
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By Paul Henderson. It’s April and you know what that means. It’s the time of year that jealousy and envy peak at your dance studio due to dance competition results. As studio owners, we find ourselves in some strange situations with our customers. Here are some things I’ve learned in the past 15 years of […]
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Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. Just don’t let it ruin your business. By Paul Henderson. A hush came over the audience seated in the quaint 600-seat theater near Union Square in San Francisco. The lights dimmed and the house music faded. Behind the curtain in the wings, Tiffany Henderson, her highly skilled faculty and […]
It’s Time to Prepare for Next Season’s Enrollment! By Paul Henderson Everywhere we go this question inevitably comes up – “How do you get your students to re-enroll for next season’s classes?” Seems odd to be thinking about this in February, right? But, this might just be the most important topic and the most important […]
By Mary Callahan of Dance Informa. What exactly does it mean to be a smart dancer? You show up to class, give one hundred and ten percent, and even practice more once you get home. But do you really understand what you’re dancing—what the style is, when it was created, and by whom? Learning the […]
By Rain Francis of Dance Informa. 1. Which single by Kylie Minogue became the highest-selling of the decade? a) I Should Be So Lucky b) The Loco-motion c) Can’t Get You Out of My Head d) Spinning Around 2. Which pop princess began her career in gospel music? a) Katy Perry b) Rihanna c) Cheryl […]
By Steve Sirico of DanceTeacherWeb.com and Dance Teacher Web LIVE Conference & Expo. Over the years of coaching studio owners and talking to countless others at conferences and seminars, I have heard that one of the hardest things to find is the right people. Oh, it is easy to find someone to teach who can […]
By Rain Francis of Dance Informa. Beyoncé just recently finished her “Mrs Carter” tour in the US, before performances in Europe next month, and her new, highly popular self-titled album was released in December. How much do you know about Beyoncé Knowles, the famous singer, song-writer who’s singing talent was discovered by none other than […]
Attention DANCE TEACHERS Dance Informa’s 2014 Recital Costume Guide is Out Now! Visit www.danceinforma.us/recital-costume-guide to be inspired and find the perfect costumes for your students from the industry’s best costume designers. Get your orders in early to eliminate stress in the new year. Visit the link above or click on the cover below to view […]
By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. Dance competitions offer dancers the opportunity to perform on stage, complete with lights, makeup and an audience, and can provide them with immediate feedback on their performance skills and technical ability. The judges will rate all aspects of a dancer’s performance, including areas for improvement and also areas […]
By Paul Henderson. A little while ago I was the front seat passenger in a car driving along the highway on my way home from a bike race. It was a spectacular California day. Orange, yellow and magenta flowers were blooming in the median. Trees were lush and vibrant along the roadside and despite my […]
By Paul Henderson with Tiffany Henderson. It’s possible to devastate an entire dance classes’ season at the end-of-the-year dance recital, resulting in a sharp drop in the next season’s enrollment. We’ve all seen it, right? Dancers running around on stage, bumping into each other, looking at one another to see what the next step is. It’s […]