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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By Paul Henderson for Dance Informa. I used to scuba dive a lot when I was in college. When I learned to dive, since it’s possible to actually die if you do it wrong, we had a saying. “Plan your dive. Dive your plan.” It meant that before you get in the water, know exactly […]
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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 […]
By Paul Henderson. I must admit, traveling through Europe has been an eye-opening experience. You see, my wife, Tiffany and I are on a “trip of a lifetime” this summer after an exhausting season running our seven dance studios. We’re currently in Scotland and I’ve discovered a piece of my heritage that I never really […]
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 […]
Check out Dance Informa’s Back to School Guide with great products and studio solutions to start your dance year off right! Dance Informa’s Back to School Guide features the latest in dance footwear, leotards, tights, dresses, studio management solutions, cosmetics, backdrops and more. Click on the Guide below and share it with your dance friends. […]
By Paul and Tiffany Henderson for Dance Informa. Eight years ago Tiffany wanted to try something new. For those of you who do not know, Tiffany Henderson is my wife and together we own 8 dance studios in California, CostumeManager.com and Twinkle Star Dance. After four years of adorable pink costumes for her youngest dancers […]
How dress code can help keep your studio profitable. By Paul Henderson. Cash flow is the movement of money in and out of a business and it’s important to understand that even if your business is technically profitable, it can still fail if it is not liquid at critical times of your fiscal year. That’s […]
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“I think that to dance is to know oneself inside and out.” — Anabella Lenzu, Unveiling Motion and Emotion By Leah Gerstenlauer. More often than not, the career of a dancer begins at an early age. But however strong the passion, however admirable the ambition that sparks the vocation, years of training, of dream chasing, of […]
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By Rain Francis. 1. Ethan Stiefel is the current Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His name was made more famous in mainstream culture after he starred in which popular movie? a) Step Up b) Center Stage c) Honey d) The Princess Bride 2. Who is the current Artistic Director of Rambert Dance […]
One wouldn’t necessarily think that smartphones and tablets would have a dramatic effect on the dance studio industry, but according to Paul Henderson, President of CostumeManager.com, mobile technology is about to make a huge impact in the dance studio with CostumeManager.com’s Virtual Dance Boutique. While there are several dancewear manufacturers that cater strictly to dance […]
By Paul Henderson. Every dance studio I’ve ever come into contact with has a cash flow problem that rears its ugly head primarily in September and October. This happens for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into, but here’s a partial solution where everybody wins. What if I told you that a studio […]
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“Few who saw Alicia Markova dance ever forgot the experience.” — The Making of Markova By Leah Gerstenlauer. Writer Tina Sutton missed the chance to enjoy Alicia Markova in live performance by several decades. But the author’s new biography, The Making of Markova, may have brought her closer to Britain’s first prima ballerina than many of […]
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One organization seeks to steward dance history preservation today By Chelsea Thomas. Modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn once said, “Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.” Perhaps it is this physical, ever-changing, in-the-moment quality of dance’s nature that poses the biggest challenge to dance historians […]
By Kathleen Wessel. Teachers, think of the last time someone asked you, “What is modern dance?” Your answer probably didn’t come easy, because most people – even those who teach it – can’t accurately define this ever-changing art form. Once, I overheard an audience member explain to her companion at a mixed-repertory dance concert: “When […]
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1. Which ballet company will you find in Covent Garden? a) Birmingham Royal Ballet b) The Royal Ballet c) English National Ballet d) Paris Opera Ballet 2. Which ballerina released a series of children’s books called The Magic Ballerina? a) Darcey Bussell b) Alina Cojocaru c) Margot Fonteyn d) Alessandra Ferri 3. Carlos Acosta is […]
This year is the 75th anniversary of ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev’s birth, and 20 years since his death. How much do you know about one of the most celebrated dancers of the 20th century? 1. With which ballet did Nureyev make his directorial debut? a) The Afternoon of a Faun b) Petrouchka c) Pineapple Poll d) Don […]
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By Laura Di Orio. Ballet has been around since the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. It has shifted and molded according to history and the different cultures and people who have embraced the art form, and its traditions continue to be taught and learned all over the world. Over the centuries of ballet’s […]
By Leah Gerstenlauer. The world of classical ballet in America is riddled with abbreviations, from the training level — SAB, JKO, CPYB — through to the highest echelons of the profession — NYCB, ABT, SFB, PNB… The ponderous list of schools, companies and styles could easily send a dance parent attempting to determine the educational […]
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By Christine Dion of Mode Dion Whether your performance is a piece from Lion King, Jungle Book or Cats, creating an animal face can not only be fun, but can create excitement and add a tremendous amount of show appeal to your number. All you need is a photo of the animal you would like […]
By Rain Francis. 1. Who choreographed Movin’ Out, which received the 2003 Tony Award for Best Choreography? a) Martha Graham b) Twyla Tharp c) George Balanchine d) Alvin Ailey 2. Where was the choreographer Akram Khan born? a) Bangladesh b) United Kingdom c) Pakistan d) United States 3. Who is the current artistic director/choreographer of […]
By Laura Di Orio. For young, aspiring dancers and also for professional dancers, dance class is a place where the focus is on honing in on technique or warming up for a day of rehearsals. For adults and “non-dancers”, however, dance class becomes an artistic, freeing, fun alternative to a gym workout. So how do […]
The Success Blueprint for the Dance Studio Owner By Deborah Searle. If there’s ever been a book that will take you to the next level when running your dance studio, It’s Your Turn! The Success Blueprint for the Dance Studio Owner is it. In It’s Your Turn the dynamic team of Steve Sirico, Angela D’Valda […]
You may love to lead your partner onto the dance floor for a waltz or sultry tango, but how much do you actually know about Ballroom? By Rain Francis. Where did the samba originate? a) Chile b) Brazil c) Paris d) Cuba Which dance takes its inspiration from the spectacle of bullfighting? a) Rumba b) […]
Tips for Dance Teachers by Angela D’Valda Sirico of DanceTeacherWeb.com As dance teachers we are faced each day with not only nurturing our students from a technical aspect, but more importantly, from a psychological one too. The majority of dance teachers do not hold degrees in psychology and yet we need to help our students, […]
Maybe you can tap out a rhythm, but how much do you really know about tap dance? By Rain Francis. 1. Which of the following steps would you associate least with tap dance? a) shuffle b) cramp roll c) layout d) wings 2. Which of the following musicals would you find the most tap dancing […]
By Laura Di Orio. What started as a one-room dance studio in Livermore, California, in October 2000 has now blossomed into eight studio locations throughout California, with a total of about 3,000 dance students. The woman behind this dance surge: Tiffany Henderson. Tiffany’s Dance Academy and her baby class curriculum subscription program, Twinkle Star Dance, […]
How strong is your Broadway Brain? Test your knowledge of the world’s greatest musicals. By Rain Francis. Jersey Boys is a documentary-style musical based on the story of which band? a) The Who b) The Four Seasons c) The Four Tops d) One Direction What is the longest-running show on Broadway? a) Cats b) Les […]
By Rain Francis. How well do you know the ballet classic? 1. Who composed the original score for Swan Lake? a) Prokofiev b) Mozart c) Stravinsky d) Tchaikovsky 2. Who choreographed the original production of Swan Lake, which premiered in 1877, one year after the composer’s death? a) Marius Petipa b) George Balanchine c) Michel […]
How much do you know about George Balanchine, one of the 20th century’s most famous choreographers? By Rain Francis. 1. George Balanchine was born in which country? a) USA b) Germany c) Russia d) Poland 2. With which composer would you MOST associate Balanchine? a) Tchaikovsky b) Stravinsky c) Ravel d) Gerhswin 3. Which of […]
How much do you know about jazz dance icon Bob Fosse? By Rain Francis. 1. Which of the following characters would you NOT find in Chicago? a) Mary Sunshine b) Roxy Hart c) Lilli Vanessi d) Billy Flynn 2. In the 1972 film Cabaret, Sally Bowles is a performer at what club? a) The Kitten […]
By Chris Bamford. Being a dance teacher is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but I might be a little biased as I am one. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a student improve, grow and reach his or her full potential in your class. But what about the teachers? We place […]
By Steve Sirico of Dance Teacher Web For most studios in the United States your season comes to an end in May or June. Now is a good time to look ahead and organize your schedule up to the end of the current season. For those of you in other countries whose season is just […]