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Dance Studio Software Reviews: 2018

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For the fourth year in a row, we are excited to present the survey results collected from our annual dance studio software reviews survey. We asked thousands of dance studio owners to answer questions about their dance studio management software. We’ve continued to see some recurring trends about how studio owners choose their dance studio software, how they utilize it, and what they like and dislike about it.

If you’ve considered investing in software to help you manage your studio, this data will definitely be eye-opening.

Survey Highlights

  • The percentage of studio owners that are using dance studio management software continues to rise, from 67% in 2014 to 82.2% in 2018.
  • Studio owners overwhelmingly choose software based on its ability to meet their needs; referrals from friends and associates also carry significant influence in the purchase decision.
  • Jackrabbit and Studio Director continue to dominate market share with a combined 65% , but this has decreased from 2017, when they held 74% of the market.
  • The features most important to studio owners continue to be billing and payment processing, email and text communication, and class management. Following the 2017 trend, however, online registration continues to increase in popularity.
  • For the first time since the survey inception, overall customer satisfaction dipped, from a 2017 high of 84%, to 79% in 2018.

Read the In-Depth Report on Dance Studio Software Reviews

To see the full summary of the survey results, please enter your email below.

 

Check out previous editions our dance studio management software survey results and dance studio software reviews here:

Interested in more articles about dance studio management? Check out these articles from the TutuTix archive:

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Tutu Tip: How to Use the Ticket List Report

The Ticket List Report is a complete listing of each individual ticket sold to each of your events. This can enable you to do some pretty cool things.

To access it, just click Menu – Ticket List

Within the report, you can see each ticket in it’s own row, along with the customer, price, and order method, order ID, and TIcket ID.

You can also see specific seat details, including the ticket product name, section and seat number.

Additionally, you can see when the order was placed, and the contact information of the customer. Powerful stuff!

Clicking the gears in the upper right will enable you to choose what data you want to see.

And each column is filterable using the funnel icons at the top. You can apply multiple filters at once.

You can toggle the order of the data by clicking the top of any column.

All of this data is downloadable by clicking the Excel Icons on the right.

Additionally, you can print the reports with the click of a button.

If you have any questions about the Ticket List report, please submit a help case, or give us a call or email.

Thanks for trusting TutuTix with your ticketing!

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Tutu Tip: Use the Billing Report to Track Sales

Billing Report

The Billing Report in your client portal is your one stop shop for complete visibility into your  event sales proceeds. Want to know how much money you made on tickets this year? How about Merchandise sales through POP? The Billing Report is where to go.

You’ll receive a weekly email each time we process a payout to your account. All of the details behind each payout can be found in this report.

To access it, just click Menu – Billing Report. Or, here’s the direct link (requires login).

By default, data from your most recent payout is displayed. If you want to see data across multiple payouts, just select the other invoices you want to add, and select the other invoices. Then, click “Refresh Report Data”

All payouts after January 1, 2018, are available.

The Summary Section will show you a top level view of your ticket sales, POP sales, any adjustments, and the amount you made.

The Ticket Sales section will show you individual ticket products across multiple performances, with information on price and quantity, and even sales channel.

All of this data is downloadable by clicking the Excel Icons on the right.

Additionally, you can print the reports with the click of a button.

If you have any questions about your billing report, please submit a help case, or give us a call or email.

Thanks for trusting us with your ticketing!

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Dance Teacher Gift Ideas: Brighten Your Teachers’ Holiday Season!

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It’s the holidays, which lets us offer a gift to those people who make such a difference in our sons’ and daughters’ lives: dance teachers! Take a look at this list of dance teacher gift ideas that could brighten their season!

Gift Cards

It may seem cliché, but a gift card is simple and gives your teacher the freedom to use it how they want to, when they want to! Some gift card ideas to think about might come from:

  1. iTunes, since dance teachers always need new music for class.
  2. Amazon, where they can get pretty much anything.
  3. Starbucks, for coffee lovers!

The Spa

There’s few things that sound better to a tired dance teacher than a spa session.

Whether it’s a massage or a mani/pedi combo, your teacher will absolutely appreciate the opportunity to sit back and relax for a day.

If you’re looking for other ideas to make your teachers cozy, consider:

  1. Bath bombs, which they can use at home
  2. Candles, which can brighten up a space (or help a dance studio smell more….festive)
  3. Chocolates, because dancing takes a lot of energy, right?

Dinner and a Show

Dance teachers spend many of their evenings at the studio, or planning for future time when they’ll be at the studio. Treat them to a nice dinner, or maybe tickets to an upcoming show in the city!

It’s not always “things” that make the best gifts, and since you know your teachers well, you’ll know if that upcoming concert or a new restaurant in town might be extra special for them.

Handmade and from the Heart

The reality is that sometimes a dancer might have two, three, maybe four dance teachers, plus a choreographer, plus whoever else is important at the studio! And that can add up to a LOT of gifts.

Dance teachers work to make your sons and daughters better, more expressive people, and recognition that they’re accomplishing that can really go a long way. Sometimes a simple “thank you” card written by you and your dancer can communicate your thanks! Or maybe some nice baked goods (only if you know nobody is allergic to anything!!), or a knitted scarf.

Also, keep in mind that it’s not just the teachers on the front lines who would appreciate thanks. Behind the scenes of every dance studio are husbands and wives who support teachers working long nights and traveling to competition. Add them to your holiday list and it’ll really make a great personal impact on your dance studio family.

We hope you found these ideas helpful! Please feel free to share this article on Facebook or browse our “Dance Teacher Gift Ideas” board on Pinterest.

Also, you’re welcome to comment below with any gifts you’ve given that teachers particularly loved!

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6 Dance Movies to Watch on Netflix

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Editor’s Note: As a reader mentioned, not all of these dance movies/shows are appropriate for children. Parents—please use discretion when making viewing choices.

What the next-best thing to dancing? Why, dance movies, of course! If you have a Netflix subscription, there are a bunch of awesome movies available to see great choreography and talent on the big screen.

Here are some great movies that dancers need to watch!

1. ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’

If you haven’t seen this documentary, make a point to watch it. It’s a must-see story following the journey of world-famous Misty Copeland.

2. ‘Ballet 422’

Go backstage with the New York Ballet, from the first rehearsal to world premiere, following choreographer Justin Peck as he and the company prepare a new piece.

3. ‘Newsies’

“Newsies” is a Broadway production featuring tremendous talent in musical theatre. Follow the turn-of-the-century story of “newsboys” hoping to build a better life for themselves on the streets of New York.

4. ‘Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan’

Wendy Whelan is one of the most celebrated dancers of our time. In this documentary and behind the scenes film, we get to see Wendy (now retired) continue her artistic journey.

5. ‘High Strung’

This movie is fun and has some really talented performances! Kick back and let the hip-hop/classical fusion take you away.

6. ‘High School Musical’

It’s hard to forget just how great a job the producers of this movie did with the choreography. It’s worth a watch just to see that impressive group dancing!

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Should You Keep Used Dance Shoes?

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When a dancer grows out of a pair of dance shoes, it’s time to ask an essential question: “What do we do with these shoes?” Dance parents, let’s talk about the various options for handling these “extra” shoes.

Saving Dance Shoes for Younger Siblings

  1. If your dancer has a younger sibling or siblings, you can consider hanging on to the shoes, and seeing if they’ll fit. If they’re a perfect fit, you’ve saved yourself from needing to buy another pair of shoes!
  2. If they’re not a perfect fit, then treat these extra shoes as backups. The reality is that dance shoes need to fit very well for dancers to stay healthy and avoid injury.

BUT sometimes it’s good to have that backup! Plus, if you have those extra shoes and they don’t fit, you can sell them to other dance parents in your child’s class who might need some.

Selling shoes can be a win-win solution, to help you make back some of your money and to help another dancer who can save some money instead of buying new.

If you decide to sell your dancer’s used shoes, make sure they’re in good enough shape for the next dancer. If you’re not sure about the shoes’ condition, go ahead and ask the dance teacher for their opinion. Yes, you want to be able to sell the shoes, but not at the expense of causing an injury to another dancer because of shoes that are too worn.

Donation Programs at Dance Studios

Maybe it turns out you have held on to some extra shoes and can’t sell them. Could your dance studio benefit from having a few extra shoes on hand?

We all know that sometimes dancers will forget their shoes at home, and there’s no time to go get them before class starts. If your studio has a collection of donated shoes, they’re in luck! Those extra shoes can help a student who needs to borrow a pair.

That keeps students in class, working on their technique, until next time when they bring their own pair. Studios win, and students win. If your studio doesn’t have a program like this already, maybe you and other dance parents can get it organized!

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Ballet Vocabulary: 3 Easy Lesson Plan Ideas

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We’ve gotten great feedback about our article on Ballet Vocabulary Terms for Beginners, and have put together some ideas for easy class activities that teachers can include in their lesson plans. Do you have other activities that you use to teach the little ones essential vocab?

Ballet and Dance Move Alphabet

This one is great even for lots of students, and can really work at any age (granted, the students need to be able to spell).

Have everyone line up, and go down the alphabet: A, B, C. For each letter, have a different student name a ballet move that begins with that corresponding letter. Then, have that student (or all of the students) demonstrate that dance move.

This activity helps keep students on their toes (no pun intended) since they’ll need to know their vocab in order to answer the question. Plus, they’ll reinforce that ballet vocabulary with some muscle memory!

Mystery Ballet Move

Super easy, and has the element of surprise for dancers.

Write out ballet moves on pieces of paper, index cards (maybe laminate these items so they last longer), and put them into a hat, box, or container where the kids can’t see them.

One by one, have the kids in class draw a card from the hat, and tell the class the move! Everyone must now demonstrate that ballet move.

(Note that this can still work with younger kids who can’t read yet: just have them hand you the index card they’ve chosen, and you can announce which ballet move was picked. Easy workaround!)

Musical Corners

Super fun, and keeps students active and moving!

Use white boards, or tape pieces of paper around the room with ballet vocabulary written on them. Then, start the music, and have dancers go around the room like they’re playing musical chairs! Ideally, ask them to use a traveling step (like chasse). When the music stops, they have to get to a sign.

Once they’re there, they need to demonstrate the move! You can go around the room quickly to check their form, and can make any corrections or use that opportunity to praise a dancer who has done a great job.

 

 

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Dance Studio Software: 2017 Studio Owner Reviews

Dance Studio Software: 2017 Studio Owner Reviews

For the third year, we are excited to present the survey results collected from our annual dance studio management software reviews survey. We asked dance studio owners to answer questions about their dance studio management software. We’ve continued to see some recurring trends about how studio owners choose their dance studio software, how they utilize it, and what they like and dislike about it.

Survey Highlights

  • The percentage of studio owners that are using dance studio management software has steadily risen year after year, from 67% in 2014 to 80% in 2017.
  • The three most important features of studio management software have consistently been billing and payment processing, email or text communication and class management, but over the last year, online registration has seen a marked increase in importance.
  • The percentage of studios who have a majority of students paying by credit/debit card has continued to increase (to 54% in 2017), though studios across the country still vary widely in their ability to process credit card payments.
  • Overall satisfaction with dance studio management software has continued to creep up with 84%  indicating that they were either “extremely satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied,” up from 82% in 2015.

Read the In-Depth Report on Dance Studio Software Survey Results

To see the full summary of the survey results, please enter your email below.

Check out previous editions our dance studio management software survey results here:

Interested in more articles about dance studio management? Check out these articles from the TutuTix archive:

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Dance Recital Gift Ideas: 9 Great Ways to Reward Your Dancer!

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There’s nothing like seeing a dancer’s joy after a successful recital! And having a great gift for them after the performance will make the night that much more special. Check out these 9 dance recital gift ideas your dancer will love!

1. Bouquet of Flowers

For many dancers, flowers after a performance are a sign not only of a job well done, but of recognition for all of the hard work they’ve put in throughout the year. Plus, a dancer in costume holding a beautiful bouquet makes recital pictures exciting and vibrant.
As far as what kind of flowers to include in your bouquet? That’s where you have the opportunity to make this gift extra special. Roses are a staple flower choice, and for good reason! But if you know your dancer likes a particular kind of flower, or you know a flower might have a special meaning, you can use this opportunity to customize the bouquet for your dancer.

2. Sweet Treats

Before a recital, dancers should NOT be eating sweets and junk food! A healthy diet leading up to the night of the recital will make sure your dancer feels great and gives the best performance they can.

After the recital? Take them out for some ice cream!! Or include gifts like candy, chocolates, and other treats the dancer can enjoy. You can even make a tradition of going out for ice cream after dance performances, so the whole family can celebrate the big night.

3. Dance-Themed Jewelry

Dance is a part of who dancers are, and so giving them a gift that reminds them of their talents and passions will be that much more meaningful. Think about getting a dancer a personalized necklace, set of earrings, or other piece of jewelry to remember their achievements, and to create a beautiful memory for this particular recital!

4. Charm Bracelet Tradition

We mention charm bracelets separately from jewelry, because a charm bracelet is the start of tradition instead of a single gift. By giving a dancer a charm bracelet, you can then buy a new charm for the dancer after big recitals, competitions, or other dance events. That way, they can look back and remember all of the amazing memories from dancing throughout their life.

5. Studio Swag

When dancers performs on stage, they’re acting as ambassadors for the studio. The teachers who have worked with them care a lot about their development as both dancers and people. So, help your dancers show off some studio pride with studio-branded items!

What you get your dancer depends on what your studio currently offers as merchandise. But, if you and a group of parents get organized ahead of time, you can work with your studio to produce a custom piece of swag (like a recital-specific shirt, or jacket, or other item) so your dancer always remembers this recital!

6. The Gift of Comfort

At the end of the day, dancing is work. Those dancers on stage have tired feet, tired muscles, and could use a little rest and relaxation after the recital is over. Consider giving dancers comfort items like:

  • Bubble bath
  • Nice lotion
  • Bath bomb
  • Pedicure
  • Massage

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7. Summer Dance Prep

More serious dancers know that dance never stops – after a big show, it’s time to take a break before getting back into training mode and getting better and better every day! If your dancer plans on continuing to dance over the summer, think about getting them some new dance gear that will help them on their dance journey.

This might be a new pair of sweats, warm-up gear, or a new dance bag as a reward for their previous hard work, and a sign of your continued support for their art. Plus, with a little preparation, you can even add some dance studio designs to personalize the gift!

8. Picture Frame

Recitals are events that create long-lasting memories, and what better way to capture that memory than by framing a beautiful recital picture? Dancers will appreciate a nice frame for their recital photos, and can decorate their room, locker, or future dorm with a memory of their friends and mentors.

9. Feeling Ambitious and Creative? A Dance Scrapbook

Just like a picture frame can help capture an important memory, a scrapbook can show a collection of memories, and can also help your dancer remember their dance journey over the course of a whole year. When the next dance season begins, go out of your way to start taking pictures of the dance class, competitions, dress rehearsals, and compile those pictures into an amazing scrapbook for your dancer!
VERY IMPORTANT: ask your studio for permission to be taking pictures!  For example, you shouldn’t be taking pictures at recital. But, with permission, maybe you can take a picture or two at the dress rehearsal? The same goes for competitions. And always remember, no flash!!

We hope these ideas have been helpful! Leave us a comment with any other suggestions for gift ideas your dancers have loved in the past!

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5 Ways to Use the TutuTix POP App and Boost Your Recital Revenue

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Thanks to the new TutuTix POP app, dance studios can now accept credit card payments AT their recitals. POP makes it easier for dance families to make purchases at events, and can help generate extra income for studios. If you haven’t been able to accept credit cards in the past, or you’d like a simpler, low-cost way to accept credit cards and collect sales proceeds, take a look at these 5 ways you can now offer more to your dance families.

Tickets

Dance studios who use TutuTix offer tickets to dance recitals online, letting family and friends of dancers purchase tickets ahead of time, without having to wait in line on ticket day. But, sometimes those family members and friends aren’t able to get tickets early, and instead need to purchase them on the evening of the event.

No problem!

Now they don’t need to show up with cash in order to see their favorite dancers perform. The TutuTix POP app will simply scan their credit card, and you can give them a beautiful TutuTix ticket with their seat number for the evening.

Souvenir Ticket Fan

Flowers

Many studios offer packages prior to the recital that include flowers for dancers following the performance. But, depending on the studio, flowers might instead be offered for sale at the venue at the performance itself.

Just like tickets, dance studios can now receive credit card payments for flowers, making it that much easier for dancers to be celebrated after the finale.

Branded Dance Studio Merchandise

When we say merchandise we’re thinking:

  • Branded t-shirts
  • Branded bags
  • Water bottles
  • Bumper stickers

And whatever other merchandise your studio has to show off some dancing spirit! A dance recital is the perfect time to set up a merchandise table, since family and friends will be excited about the event. Attendees are likely to see merchandise on the day of the event and buy items as gifts for their dancer.

Plus, you want your dancers wearing some studio swag around over the summer! Branded clothing items and other merchandise are a great way to get some word-of-mouth marketing for your studio going around in the local community.

Souvenirs (like DVDs)

Besides merchandise, souvenirs act more like memories of the event, and might include items like DVDs, photo packages, or souvenir playbills.

With TutuTix, you can offer packages for items like these before the recital itself that include bundled items, including a ticket to the event.

However, you can also take orders for DVDs or sell printed programs at the event, and can now accept credit cards for these higher-ticket items! Souvenirs can be a special way to remember a big performance, and by accepting credit cards you offer one more way for family to go home and receive a DVD of the evening’s dances.

Concessions

Depending on the venue in which your studio performs, you may or may not be able to sell concessions during the performance. For those venues that do allow concessions, being able to accept credit cards can be a great solution if there isn’t an ATM nearby.

Some of the most common buyers of concessions are dance parents who may have arrived a little earlier in the evening to drop off their dancer on time, but haven’t had a chance to get dinner! If your venue allows concessions, they can be a big lifesaver for your dance parents.

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Introducing the New TutuTix POP App

Introducing the TutuTix POP App

You asked for it, and now here it is – we’re excited to introduce TutuTix POP, our new point of purchase app! TutuTix POP enables you to quickly and easily accept credit or debit card payments at your studio or at your performances! You can sell tickets, concessions, souvenirs, flowers, and other merchandise right on site at your event.

TutuTix POP is connected with your existing TutuTix account, so there are no contracts to sign and no paperwork to fill out. The app is a free download, and the pricing per transaction is simple and straightforward – just 5% processing per transaction.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download TutuTix POP from the App Store  or Google Play.
  2. Log in with your TutuTix account, and you will see the Items Screen.
  3. Click “New Product”
  4. On the next screen, you’ll be able to choose from three common product categories, or “Other.” Just pick the category, name your item, type in the price and click “Add.”
  5. The new item then pops onto the screen. Add as many items as you like!

To sell items on site at your event, just:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Click the plus sign to add the desired item to the cart.
  3. When you’re ready, hit “Checkout.”
  4. Scan credit or debit cards using the app, expediting the check out process. You can also enter card information manually, if desired.
  5. At the end of the transaction, you have the option to email your customer a receipt.

It really is that easy! And YOU can track all your sales in real time. Download TutuTix POP today and watch your event sales POP!

Pro Tip
Make sure that you have good lighting – this will help your phone scan cards faster. We also recommend laying cards on a flat surface as you scan, as this will also speed up the scanning process.

 

Download the TutuTix POP App on:

For more info, including an FAQ on the TutuTix POP app, visit tututix.com/pop.

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Dancer Nutrition: What to Eat Before a Dance Recital

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As the big day approaches, dancer nutrition choices are very important. You need to make sure performers’ bodies are getting the right nutrition, so that they are healthy before, during, and after practice, and build muscle to come back better and stronger for the next rehearsal. On the day of recital, don’t make big changes to your eating habits! In this article we’ll talk about some best practices for dancer nutrition, especially in the 24 hours before a recital.

Eating For Performance Day: The Night Before

Staples of great dancer nutrition: lean protein, healthy carbohydrates, veggies, and PLENTY of water.

Several professional ballerinas were interviewed by Coveteur magazine, and they offered some of their favorite choices for meals and ingredients packed full of nutrients:

Proteins:

  • Baked salmon (or other fish filet, not breaded!)
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Steak

Healthy Carbohydrates:

  • Rice (preferably brown)
  • Roasted Italian Potato Salad

Veggies:

  • Steamed and buttered broccoli
  • Sliced tomato, cucumber, avocado

Eating For Performance Day: The Day Of

Onstage Dance Company has an great article that talks about various dancer eating strategies:

“Dance nutrition experts mostly agree that the best approach to performance day nutrition is eating small meals throughout the day, starting with a substantial breakfast to get your body and mind fueled and ready to go.”

They recommend a few breakfast choices like:

  • Oatmeal with fruit
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Whole grain toast with peanut butter*
  • Fruit smoothie

As far as small meals throughout the day go, it’s up to the individual dancer as to what foods they like and what kinds of foods can keep them feeling full.

Here are some of our favorite snack choices we found from Emily Cook Harrison, who collaborated with the Dance Informa on a great article on high-energy snacks for dancers:

  • 1 banana with 1-2 tbsp peanut butter*
  • Hardboiled egg or string cheese with 5-10 whole grain or rice crackers
  • Pre-made bar or oatrolls (see article for recipe) with fruit, dates, nuts and/or whole grains.*
    • (You can make a large batch of these and freeze them, then just put frozen oatrolls in his/her dance bag in the morning so by the afternoon they are thawed and yummy.)

Gluten-free or dairy free snack requirements?

  • Rice cakes with nut butter and a piece of fruit
  • Popcorn, pumpkin seeds, GF pretzels, and dried fruit trail mix
  • Coconut water, dark chocolate almond milk or coconut milk

*Author’s note: In past articles, readers have mentioned their concern about bringing nuts due to possible peanut or tree nut allergies among the dancers. Please be sure to consider those with nut allergies when deciding what to bring to the studio or to a performance, and remember that some severe allergies can be triggered by contact with very small amounts of the allergen.

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The Studio Owner Dance Recital Survival Guide

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The experienced studio owner knows that putting on a great recital takes a lot of preparation, and a lot of quick thinking! Having the right supplies and tools on hand can make a tremendous difference for you and your staff. We’ve put together a list of (potentially) essential items that will help you have the best recital yet!

Oh before we get started, we’ll include a link to our Dance Competition Survival Kit. Reason being: think STORAGE. In the competition kit, we suggest bringing some kind of rolling container, bag, etc, that is easy to move around and easy to organize.

At the end of the night, you’ll want to be able to pick up all your supplies as quickly and neatly as possible. If you can opt for a few simple storage containers that are easy to move, it’ll save you so much time and energy at the end of an already-tiring evening.

Costume Fixes and Makeup Adjustments

It doesn’t get much more “last-minute” than backstage at the recital!! Having some tools to help you deal with last-minute makeup adjustment and costume fixes will help you do the best job you can before your dancers hit the stage.

Bobby pins

Hair ties

Scissors

Safety pins

Lighter

Sewing kit

Extra tights

Clean up kit (for any on-stage accidents…)

Blush

Lipstick

Makeup Remover

Body tape/butt glue

Nail polish remover

Cotton balls

Hot glue gun

Baby wipes

Hairspray

Communication

It’s so important to have clear communication with your studio staff, venue staff, and any volunteers who are helping to run the show. Clear signage, reliable ways to talk with one another, and lighting for a dark backstage are at the top of the list.

Headsets (instead of walkie talkies, so audience members don’t hear your chatter)

Lighted Clipboard

Flashlight

Headlamp

Pens

Sharpies

(Multiple) Printed Schedules

Signs for dressing rooms, age or class-specific rooms

Nametags / Buttons / Lanyards / Shirts for volunteers and staff to wear

Logistics

There are a lot of moving parts (and moving people) at a dance recital. Thinking ahead and preparing to bring (or request that the venue provide) essential event items will keep you from those day-of “whoops” moments!

Fans (for a hot backstage full of moving people)

Gaff tape

Extra Gaff tape (for when the first roll disappears somewhere)

Spike tape (to help dancers see their spots in the dark)

Extension cord(s)

Power strip(s)

Fanny packs, aprons, or other extra-pocket items for your staff

Phone Charger (and outlet brick)

Extra Phone Charger (for when someone borrows the first and it never makes it back to you)

Mobile battery

Backup sound system

Coloring books/crayons (for the little ones)

Binder clips (to close any curtains in a dressing area, etc)

Tables and tablecloths (for merchandise, studio marketing materials, admission)

Rosin

Thank you list (so you don’t forget to thank anyone at the end of the night)

Speech

Change for cash box

TutuTix POP for credit card transactions at the door

Health and Comfort

Everyone at the recital (yes, including yourself) needs to take care of themselves in the high-stress, fast-paced environment that is a dance recital. Snacks and beverages should be available for any dancers, as well as you and your staff. Plus, recognize that you and your staff will be moving around A LOT and should think about comfortable (but appropriate) attire for the night.

Presentation and speaking outfit

Comfortable shoes

Band-Aids

Ice Packs

Ibuprofen

Water / Gatorade

Granola Bars* / Animal Crackers / Saltines

*Editor’s note: Several readers have mentioned their concern about bringing nuts due to possible peanut or tree nut allergies among the dancers. Be sure to consider any dancers or family members with nut allergies when deciding what to bring, and remember that some severe allergies can be triggered by contact with very small amounts of the allergen.

 

Are there any other items you’ve found that can really save the day at a dance recital? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to our list for other studio owners to see.

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Dance Recital Preparation Timeline: How Early Should You Start Planning A Recital?

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Planning a big show takes a lot of time, and a lot of preparation. So, it’s important to get started early!

In putting together the Official TutuTix E-Book, we consulted several studio owners to get an idea of how and when they plan their recitals.

Take a look at the dance recital preparation timeline we’ve created below, and see how it stacks up against your current planning schedule!

 

 

According to the studio owners we worked with, these are some recommended checkpoints throughout the year to make sure you’re on track for a successful dance recital.

July

Use summertime to your advantage by preparing for next year’s recital now! But, keep an easy pace: you’re helping yourself by starting this early, so there’s no need to rush through these early planning sessions.

Consider:

August

By August, try and have your music for the recital chosen, even if your choreography isn’t fully fleshed out yet. By having music picked, you can move more quickly to build choreography that fits the music’s narrative. Plan some specific choreography moves – start your dancers on their tougher moves from day one!

Also, go big this year and start planning your performance venue and booking a recital date. The earlier you get your location settled, the sooner you can focus on getting parents involved.

September

Build some of the tougher choreography moves into class warm-ups and technique sessions. Adjust your choreography to best fit your group of students.

October – December

Keep your dancers’ muscle memory and flexibility intact by continuing to practice the spring’s tougher moves. Come spring, you and your dancers will be pleasantly surprised by the progress that’s ben made all throughout the year!

Costumes. Costumes. Costumes. Get those costume orders in! Misty Lown of “More Than Great Dancing” explains in detail how her studio saves money every year from a carefully planned approach to costumes.

January

Set up as much as possible for the final recital before you really dig in and start teaching final choreography. That means:

  • Finalizing Venue Details
  • Online Ticketing
  • Program Printing
  • Audio Rental
  • Parent Volunteers
  • Merchandise

If you can nail down the details early, only a follow-up is needed later in the spring.

February – March

Hopefully the logistics of your recital are mostly taken care of by now, and you’re in full teaching and dancing mode. Don’t forget to wrangle parent volunteers and have costumes fitted, but otherwise put your energy into your students!

April

Time to follow up with ANYONE and EVERYONE involved with your recital to make sure everything is in order! And, it can’t hurt to send out several final reminder emails to parents.

May/June

Final Recital Season Once Again!

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Dance Studio Business Plan: See A Real Example

dance studio business plan

Writing a dance studio business plan is a BIG project. But an important one! This plan will lay out your studio’s hopes and dreams, as well as the step-by-step process for getting from Point A to Point B. A few questions to ask yourself as you get started:

Where are you now?

Where do you want to be in three years? In five?

Who will help you get there?

The point of a dance studio business plan is to clearly lay out the aspects of a new company: strengths, challenges, and all of the minor details that will make the business a success. This document is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and hopeful business owners to put all of their ideas on paper, so that colleagues and other advisors can review the plan and offer any advice or criticism before the business is launched.

As an example, TutuTix has created a sample dance studio business plan for our imaginary dance studio, TIPS (the TutuTix Imaginary Performance Studios).

Feel free to use our guide’s ideas in your own plan, and please send us feedback about ideas we might not have that work particularly well in your studio! You can download the example dance studio business plan for free by completing the form below:

The layout of a business plan follows a logical progression of topics that a company needs to have defined prior to opening for business.

That order of topics should look something like this:

Executive Summary

A concise description of your company, that acts as an overview of your goals and values. Keep it short but sweet! Why did you choose to build this kind of company?

Company Description

Here, you can flesh out your overview and touch on how your business will function. Talk a little about your customer base, marketing goals, and strengths of your company. Why are you the best? Is it because you have the best staff, the most experience, the best rates?

Market Analysis

Who are you competing against? How strong is that competition, and why do you think your studio can handle it? How will your business grow in this community over time?

There are lots of talented teachers and dancers who would be great studio owners. But in their current city or location, they would have a really hard time getting into the market and signing up students. That might be because of competition, lack of student interest in the area, or other reasons. How will your studio stand up to these tests?

Products and Services

Which dance classes will you offer? Will you rent out your space? Will you sell any retail items?

This section lists out your business functions: what do you offer, and how much will you charge? All of the items listed here will add up to be your studio’s income.

Marketing Publishing Strategy

How will people find out about your business, and how will you recruit additional students after your first season? What does your brand mean to you, and what do you want it to mean to others?

Operational Plan, Legal, and Startup Expenses

You can’t start a business from scratch: you’ll need funds and some professional consulting to get your company off the ground. How will you pay for your startup costs? Do you have that money already, or will you need to raise money with partners? Is a loan from the bank your best option?

By the time you get to writing this portion, hopefully you’ve talked to colleagues who might be opening the studio with you, or you’ve found a legal and/or financial professional who can advise you on the best way to move forward. Taking on debt to open a business is always risky, so you want to find funds the right way and have a plan to pay that debt back.

Most importantly: don’t be afraid to adapt! After the completion of the business plan, go back through and make adjustments based on information you’ve learned along the way! Ideas can and should evolve when they’re laid out on paper, so be sure to look for guidance from other teachers and business owners when putting together your plan.

TutuTix E-Book

This business plan is included in the FREE TutuTix E-Book, “Dance Studio Ideas and More: The Official TutuTix E-Book.” You can download our e-book here.

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