Mary’s Tips For Starting Class
Sometimes we have so much to do as dance teachers that we forget or rush through the everyday things that go along with class. One of the core pieces to a class that can be neglected is beginning each class. We all want to make sure that our families feel welcome in our studio, but sometimes we can be so in our heads about all the things we need to get done in that hour, we don’t bring that “welcome” into our classrooms. Here are tips on how to start every class with purpose and that all important “Welcome!”
Giving Back Through Dance
The holidays always bring out the spirit of giving in everyone, and with them fast approaching we thought we’d give everyone some ideas about how to give back through the gift of dance.
Dance as Life Lessons: Work Ethic
In this installment of our “Life Lessons” series, I wanted to touch on how your studio can help to teach young dancers to develop one one their most important skills...work ethic. I call this a skill because while some people start with a better natural work ethic or foundation of how to apply themselves, work ethic is definitely something that can be modeled and taught.
Creative Revenue Streams For Your Studio
Every studio has the “extras” that bring revenue into the studio above and beyond dance classes. You may have a dancewear area that sells all the gear your dancers need. It may or may not include a section with the studio logo on the apparel, or dance themed toys. All of these are solid ways to add to your studio’s revenue, but there are also some others that you may not have considered, and the more creative you are the better chance you have at creating new and successful ways to support your studio. Here are some ways that we have been able to give our studio a boost:
Dance As Life Lessons: Positivity
We’re starting a new series today that will help to tie dance into the larger goal of making sure that our students can apply what they have learned beyond the classroom. Today we’ll be talking about positivity and how we can apply it in the classroom and help our students to carry it into the outside world.
Building Your Studio’s Community Presence
Studios all over the country welcome their community into their doors every day. Dance studios provide a place where children can lose themselves in a love for dance and grow as both performers and people, and parents can enjoy watching their children as they progress. We’re all striving to make sure our studios feel like a community in themselves, but we can go beyond that, making our studios an integral part of the larger community beyond our doors.
5 Last Minute Registration Tips
Every studio owner and staff member works incredibly hard to make the best possible impression for every prospective new student that visits their studio. One of the most crucial elements that may be overlooked, especially once classes start, is the registration process. Here are some tips to help your studio create a streamlined and easy-to-understand process that will complete that fabulous first impression.
Giving A Prima Perfect Studio Tour
When families come to our studio inquiring about classes, we always have our staff give them a tour of our studio. If you’re wondering, no the studio isn’t big enough for anyone to get lost, but it is the perfect opportunity to get to know your possible student and their family and really give them an investment of time in their child from the moment they walk into your studio.
What Parents Are Looking For In Preschool Classes
Parents who are bringing their children to your studio for the first time, especially with preschool age children, are entering a whole different world in most cases. This very well may be their first experience with a school setting and is emblematic of reaching the next "stage" of their childhood. There’s a lot of “what ifs” tumbling around in their head and above all they are hoping that this will be a great experience for their little ones.
Here are some of the most important things to focus on so your studio will stand out for parents of preschoolers.
What is Penny Prima®?
Like many great ideas, Penny Prima® was born of necessity. At the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, dance teachers needed a way to connect with students at home, to keep young children engaged with class, and break down the barrier of remote dance education. New techniques were needed to reach students at home. Virtual dance classes forced teachers to work even more creatively to keep dancers engaged with class and getting students to log in each week required continually tapping into students' imagination to keep excitement building, even when we couldn't be together in the studio.