Does your studio send home a dance recital information sheet a few months before recital? At the DanceExec’s studio, a recital detail sheet goes home in January/February and includes the following details for each student (for each class) on a customized sheet:
Class Routine Name
Class Costume Description
Class Show Time
Class Picture Time
In-Studio Rehearsal Time
Dress Rehearsal Time
This detail sheet basically conveys who, what, when, and where information that parents need to know. Encourage parents to transfer the information to their calendar and to store the document in a secure location.
Want an easy template to start from? You can download our Sample Recital Detail Information template using the form below! It’s a Microsoft Word document, so you can edit the details according to your needs.
The recital detail sheet can and should include as many details as possible, including: location of each event, call times for each event, costume specifics (color of costume, tight information, hair piece information, hair style information, accessory information, and dance shoe information).
Editing the Dance Recital Information Template
Like we mentioned earlier, you are welcome to make any changes you’d like to the template, and use it for your studio’s needs! Here, we’ll talk about how we built the document so you can easily make your changes.
To change the logo in the top left corner to your studio’s imagery, simply delete ours and replace it with a jpeg or other image file. The logo and Dancer/Class/Recital Date/Call Time at the top of the document are included in a table, in order to look as neat as it does, so keep that in mind as you manipulate that top portion!
The center portion of the document is straightforward: we chose some of the criteria/details used by the DanceExec, and spaced it out to leave room for comments/notes. Change it up as you like/need!
Address / Parking Information
The bottom portion is a table, just like the very top! One cell per piece of information: venue address and parking information. We built it this way to keep the sheet on one page. You can easily replace information in either of the cells, or you can delete the table altogether and include that information differently.
We hope this is helpful!!! Questions/comments/suggestions for the Dance Recital Information Sheet Template? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you need any other dance studio resources? Check out some of our other free downloadable content:
Your recital is likely your largest production during the calendar year, and often can be a deciding factor whether or not parents will return with their children for the following year. Pricing your dance recital tickets correctly is an extremely crucial part of planning.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 21, 2015. It has been updated with current data as of February 2017.
First, decide your goal.
Are you just trying to cover production costs? Will your recital profits provide some financial cushion for the slow summer months? Are proceeds going to charity? Beginning with the end in mind will help you not only make decisions about the production, but will ultimately help you arrive at a price point that helps you achieve your objectives.
Next, figure out your cost.
Consider all of the cost drivers for the typical recital production. There’s auditorium rental (plus rehearsal), lights, sound, music mixing and licenses, security, insurance, staff payroll, tickets and programs, just to name a few.
Finally, do the math.
Use the simple formula:
Ticket Price = (desired profit + cost) / (Tickets per student x Number of students )
If you’re unsure about how many tickets per student, work with the average. In 2016, our studio clients sold about 3 dance recital tickets per student enrolled.
What do others charge?
At TutuTix, we know a lot about dance recital ticketing. Working with over 1,100 studios in the US, we’ve sold over $36 million dollars’ worth of dance recital tickets since we were founded in 2010, including $10 million in the spring of 2016 alone. Here are some interesting stats:
The average price for dance recital tickets in the US in 2016 was $13.74.
In 2016, the average studio sold more than $11,000 worth of tickets per recital season, and more than $4,600 per event (performance).
The most popular prices are $10 (21%), $15 (20%), $12 (15%), and $20 (10%), collectively, and account for more than 66% of all sales.
Can you charge more?
Apart from the overwhelming popularity of these prices, there is no identifiable correlation between ticket price and number of sales, which means that sales DO NOT SUFFER when tickets are priced higher. Further, there is no correlation between price and whether the ticket sold in advance versus at the door, meaning sales aren’t even delayed when tickets are priced higher.
There ARE compelling differences between tickets sold as general admission and those sold as reserved. Ticket buyers are willing to pay a premium for reserved seating, with reserved seats selling for an average of $14.03, over just $10.80 for general admission–an almost 30% difference! Check out our article on reserved seating here for even more in-depth information.
Need more information?
Our dance recital ticketing experts have helped hundreds of dance studios price, sell, and distribute their recital tickets. To request a professional consultation please contact us.
TutuTix is pleased to announce the addition of content from The Dance Exec into its content library. For several years, The Dance Exec (www.danceexec.com) has been an excellent source of training and knowledge for dance studio owners as they grow their business and strive to provide excellence in dance training. As Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, the founder of The Dance Exec, directs her focus to her thriving dance studios, the incredible studio owner resources that the site has offered through the years will find a new home as part of the TutuTix blog, which covers topics of interest to dance studio owners and teachers in particular, and the dance community in general. From time to time, Chasta will continue to contribute to the blog in her ongoing role as a studio owner (and TutuTix client!). The addition of these incredible resources is just one more way TutuTix can help dance studio owners build a successful business. Check out the first article from The Dance Exec archives today: 101 Marketing Ideas & Strategies for Dance Studios
Not sure if you should go see a doctor about a possible dancer injury? Let’s walk through some steps to make sure you take the best care of a dancer possible.
How Does a Dancer Injury Happen?
Dancing is an athletic activity, and even the best dancers can land off balance or turn an ankle the wrong way.
Contemporary-Dance.org has a list (and some basic treatment options!) of some of the most common dance injuries, in order of seriousness:
2. Muscle or ligament tear (or strain).
7. Overload (chronicle fatigue) syndromes.
8. Vascular syndromes.
Like the article describes, there are a variety of ways a dancer injury can come about. There’s the more obvious fall, or rolled ankle, or shooting pain that a dancer can easily describe. A sudden dancer injury like that might be characterized by:
With a sudden dancer injury, where there’s concern of a possible sprained muscle, torn ligament, or fractured bone, it’s usually best to head to the doctor as soon as possible. While it might not merit a hospital visit (although it might, use your best judgment!!), a dancer injury that ends up being significant but isn’t diagnosed often gets significantly worse with repeated use.
And that’s the second way for injuries to come about: repetitive strain on a muscle or bone, that over time can eventually become a more acute dancer injury.
Steps to Take Right Away
Immediately after a student has reported a possible injury, or you’ve noticed swelling or painful movement, the best treatment is a well-established method in the sports and physical health realm: R.I.C.E.
For the next 24-48 hours, limit (or better yet, completely avoid) any movement or weight-bearing actions on the injured area.
Over that same period of 24-48 hours, ice the affected area for 15-20 minutes every few hours, to help reduce swelling and pain.
Wrap the affected area with a bandage, but not too tight! You want to keep swelling down, but you want to be sure that the area maintains good circulation. If the dancer feels numb, tingling, more pain, more swelling, then the wrap is probably too tight.
Keeping the affected area elevated will continue to reduce swelling, and will also keep the dancer off his/her feet while the injury can be assessed (back to the R, rest, portion).
So, Do We Need to Go to the Doctor?
As a best practice, it is always better to get a professional assessment of a possible dancer injury.
Without figuring out the cause of the injury, or confirming that an injury has happened, you’ll set the dancer up to cause more repetitive damage over time. An X-Ray or other diagnostic test can help the doctor determine the severity of an injury, and from there you’ll be able to set up a recovery plan.
Dance Spirit has an article that goes through some ways to talk to your doctor within the context of dancing. For example, dancers have a distinct advantage in that they can continue to attend class or benefit from exercise while making sure to avoid using an injured area. Check out the third paragraph, where you can learn how to avoid the “Absolutely No Dancing” decree from your doctor.
Either way, notice how you ended up at the doctor’s office! It’s way better to run some tests and find out that your dancer is NOT injured, but MUST avoid certain movements for two weeks, than to let him/her continue dancing and end up in the emergency room with a torn muscle or fractured bone.
The sooner you figure out the injury and the cause for the injury, the sooner the dancer can be on his/her way to a healthy recovery.
This Halloween, get yourself and your dancers into the spooky spirit with these costume ideas and Halloween decorations for dance studios!
6 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Dance
These six costume ideas are great for a dress-up dance class day, and can even let dancers leave the studio and head straight out to trick-or-treat!
Halloween Spider Bun
Check out this super cute and fun bun hair design! Beware…..spider lovers only!
Halloween Decorations: Flying Bats
Grab some black construction paper, scissors, and use your favorite TV show time to fill your studio with some flying friends! You can find the full instructions here.
K-Cup Recycled Ghost Garland
If any of you are big fans of Keurig coffee machines (our office drinks coffee like nobody’s business), it turns out you’ve got tons of little craft-able ghosts waiting to light up your dance space! Check out the full instructions here.
Trash Bag Spider Webs
Part of the classic DIY Halloween decorations tricks, these easy spider webs can make your studio space pop without taking too much of your time to put together.
It’s finally time to get your first pointe shoes!! In this article, we’ll walk through the process of finding a fitter, buying the supplies you’ll need for pointe, and then a few things to think about as you start dancing in your new shoes.
Ask the Right Questions
If you’re headed to buy your first pointe shoes, that means that you’ve gotten approval from your teacher and are ready to take the next big step in your dance journey! First thing’s first: you’ll need to ask your teacher the right questions so you’re fully prepared for your shoe fitting.
These questions will cover your teacher’s preferences and school policies, and they’ll be really valuable when working with your fitter.
What kind of padding do I need?
There are a variety of padding options to cushion dancers’ feet in their pointe shoes: Ouch Pouches, other gel padding, lambswool: there are different options for different feet, and no one single magic solution. Ouch Pouches are an industry favorite, but it’s worth it to know about other options.
Your teacher may (or may not) have a preference for which padding works best, but may also let you know that your school requires a certain padding for its dancers. The reason you’ll need to ask about padding before your fitting is that you’ll need to use that padding at the actual fitting session.
You can choose to buy that padding ahead of time, or you can also buy it at the dance store when you arrive for your fitting. Either way, plan to be consistent. Whichever padding you use during your fitting for your first pointe shoes, you’ll to continue using in class and in performance. That consistency will maintain your shoe’s fit and will prevent injury.
What kind of shank do you prefer?
Whatever answer you get to this question needs to be taken with a grain of salt: every person is different, and every pair of feet will need different support for safe and healthy dancing. Typically the shank provides support for your foot’s arch (CPYB has some great diagrams outlining the parts of a pointe shoe) while dancing en pointe, and depending on your arch you’ll need a stronger or softer shank.
What does this have to do with your teacher? Depending on your teacher’s preference, he or she may want you to lean towards a shank that supports your foot, but also ties into your progress as a dancer. Especially for dancers new to pointe, it’s important to remember that building additional foot strength will be a part of dancing en pointe.
It’s a balance of dancing safely and building good technique: a softer shank will offer less support for the foot, and will help dancers to build that greater foot strength over time. Some teachers prefer that foot development as part of your dance instruction, so it’s something to keep in mind and tell your fitter when at the dance store.
Do you have a dance store you can recommend?
It’s always good to have a recommendation for a professional service like a dance shoe fitting, and if anyone will know where to find your first pointe shoes locally, it’ll be your teacher. Your teacher will be able to say “I have a great relationship with Store A” or “I haven’t had very much luck with Store B.” They might even suggest you try a store in a different city, if there are few options locally.
How much should I expect to spend on my first pointe shoes?
The last thing you want is an unpleasant surprise when you go to buy your first pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are not cheap, but they’re a critical tool for your success and SAFETY. It’s worth it to spend the money to get a great pair that fits your feet well. You should know what you’re getting into, and have an idea of what the bill will look like.
Still have some questions about the shoes in general? Check out this video that explains the anatomy of a pointe shoe:
What to Wear
It’ll be very important for the fitter to see your whole line, from your feet to your hips. It’s also important to wear the clothes you’ll have on when dancing in your shoes. What is your studio’s policy on attire while dancing en pointe: tights required? Tights optional?
Consistency is key: if your studio requires students to wear tights while dancing in their pointe shoes, then be sure to wear tights to the fitting. If you’ll eventually be performing in tights in your pointe shoes, even if you aren’t always required to dance in tights, wear the tights! And change your practice routine to include tights. Even minor changes in your footwear (like an extra little layer of fabric) can make a big difference in your shoe’s fit.
Our recommendation? Wear tights, and tighter-fitting shorts or a shorter skirt. No baggy clothing! Again, the fitter will need to see your line from your feet to your hips.
Also, make sure your toenails are trimmed prior to going to your fitting! Not too short, but definitely not too long.
In The Store
You’ve made it through the front door! Be sure to have planned for a minimum of 1 hour for your fitting, and it’s not a bad idea to even plan for 2 or 3 hours depending on the store’s available inventory. You want to try on as many different shoes as possible while you’re here.
The fitter will get right to work observing your:
From there, the fitter will start pulling examples for you to try on. Since you’ve already prepared for the cost of the shoes, don’t hold back on trying on every kind you can. You want a perfect fit for your feet, so that your form develops effectively and safely.
What should that perfect fit feel like?
Your toes should NOT overlap each other in the shoes.
Your toes should not be scrunched for space in the shoes.
When you go up en pointe, your feet should not feel like they are sinking into the box.
When you go up en pointe, you should feel even distribution of weight across your toes (and not extra pressure on one toe, like your big toe)
The shoes should “fit like a glove,” as in there’s no real wiggle room for your feet. These shoes should be very snug, and are not meant to “grow into.”
Be honest and open with your fitter, so that they have as much information as they need to help you make an informed choice. Don’t hold back in mentioning anything that feels a little off! These shoes need to be as perfect as possible so that you can practice correctly and avoid injury.
Keeping that in mind, don’t settle for a pair of shoes that you think might be ok. Even if you’ve spent a good amount of time in the store, if haven’t found a pair that you feel really GREAT about, go somewhere else and try on a few other pairs. It’s worth it for your feet (and wallet) to buy the right pair the first time.
You Made It
You made it! You’ve found a pair of shoes that fit your feet so well that you can’t wait to get them on and start dancing. BUT WAIT!
Now that you have your shoes, you need to get them approved by your teacher. Don’t wear them at home, on the way to dance, maybe don’t even take them out of the box for now. Wait until you’re in class, and your teacher asks you to try them on.
If your teacher approves, you’re all set! You can move on with sewing on the elastic and ribbons that will help secure the shoes to your feet.
If your teacher doesn’t like the fit, or thinks some key aspect needs to be adjusted, put those shoes right back in the box until you can get back to the dance store. Most dance stores will exchange pointe shoes that haven’t fit, but only if they’re in LIKE NEW condition. Even then, be sure to check with your individual store before you make a purchase.
Running a dance studio is not a walk in the park. It takes time, it takes money, it takes passion, and it takes love. Here at TutuTix, our mission is to help dance studio owners grow their businesses and to help families enjoy their children’s love of dance.
We want to be here to support YOU, the studio owners working every day to promote your art. We’re here to help you have one less (giant) thing to worry about at the end of the year. But, we’re also here to be partners in your success. And that success happens all year long, not just during recital season!
To help make your success even better, the TutuTix team has compiled a guide filled with tips and strategies for the studio owner looking to grow their business. Best of all, we’re offering it to you for FREE. Just like our ticketing service, this e-book is available at no cost to studio owners.
You can download “Dance Studio Ideas and More: The Official TutuTix E-Book” below:
More often than not, students have a good sense of how they’re doing in a class, and direct feedback from teachers can help guide their way. But, it’s often their parents who come forward with questions or concerns about a dancer’s progress. Does your studio share a dance progress report with families? And if not, should you?
Many of the studios we work with say YES. Having an open and straightforward learning process means less drama from parents during placement season, and it also gives dancers a chance to work on their skills and push themselves to improve and make the cut.
Do you need to be careful with how you measure progress? Also a big YES. That’s because:
You want good communication with families.
You don’t want to hurt your dancers’ feelings.
You don’t want to upset parents who think their child is the best dancer in the world.
You don’t want great feedback to go to your dancers’ heads.
You want to let parents know about potential for next level classes and the finances required.
You want to be honest.
You want the best for the student.
It’s a crazy balancing act!! To help dance studios out, we’ve created a fully customizable Dance Progress Report that you can adjust for your studio’s needs.
You can download that Dance Progress Report Template below.
Did you like the template? Let’s get started editing it for your own studio. We’ll go from top to bottom of the Word document.
Adding Your Logo
First off, adding your logo. We added the TutuTix logo, a .jpeg image file, to the top of the document as a header. To replace our logo with your own, go to the “Insert” tab at the top of the page, in the main menu. There, you’ll see a button for “Header.”
Click that button, and you’ll see options for headers for your document, and can pick one that you like best. Then just drag and drop your studio logo into that section and resize it as needed!
The rest of the text in the document is fully customizable – you can change wording as you need to, and just be aware that the formatting might jump if you make some words too big.
As for the table we’ve created, Microsoft Word is T-R-I-C-K-Y. That bad boy will definitely jump onto another page without careful changes. We laid out 8 possible skills or techniques to evaluate in this report – for the sake of formatting, can you live with less being more?
You can always remove some rows if 8 ends up being too many (way easier than adding rows). To do that, right-click anywhere in the row that you want to delete. In that menu, you’ll see “Delete Cells.” In the next menu, click “Delete Entire Row” to remove only the row you’ve selected.
Want to get fancy and mess around with the spacing we’ve created? You can right-click into a row or column, and hit “Insert” in that menu. That will allow you to add an extra column or row if you need to include another bit of information. You can also change the overall size of the table by clicking and dragging from the bottom right-hand corner of the table. Best of luck to you!!
That Attendance Part
Need to tell a parent that their child hasn’t been showing up without even mentioning it to them? Include the number of classes the child has attended out of how many classes have been offered.
Not a WORD needs to be spoken – that parent will see raw attendance FACTS, and you can move on knowing that you’ve sent along the message.
Seize the Date
You now have in your hands: a billboard. This progress report will DEFINITELY be seen by parents, students, and might even make it onto the family refrigerator. Guaranteed attention.
Make the most of it! Include an important date or big-time reminder for parents. We made the reminder a date: the day and time of the winter recital dress rehearsal. You’re welcome to change that reminder to something else (like COSTUME INFO)!
At a recent conference, I recently had the chance to share a presentation with studio owners on producing a profitable dance recital. I wanted to share it here; hopefully it will be of value to our blog readers as well! The major points of the dance conference presentation are below. Let us know if you’d like more detail on any of this information.
Three BIG Ideas to Make Your Recital More Profitable
Recital Fee vs. Online Sales
Many studio owners ask: “Should I charge a recital fee or just do ticket sales?” The answer is BOTH. The recital fee allows you to capture revenue at the beginning of the dance year, but a ticket sale presents an opportunity later in the year to maximize your profits in ways that add value to the experience your performers and attendees.
And that leads us to BIG Idea #1…
Big Idea #1: Bundle and Sell Online
Consumers spend more when they use a credit card than when they make purchases with cash. You can present merchandise purchase options with your ticket sales and customers will be more likely to buy, especially if they perceive that there is a bundle.
Big Idea #1: Bundle and Sell Online, cont’d.
All of our clients who sell merchandise online in advance report higher merchandise sales, with some reporting a 2x increase over previous years when they would accept cash only at the event. In addition, online sales enable you to more closely approximate the amount of merchandise you need to have on hand, so you have less inventory that goes unsold.
Big Idea #2: Inventory Management/Reserved Seating
Recognize that your seats are your inventory, and sell them in the most appropriate way to make more money. Seats in the front are worth more than seats in the back. If ticket buyers complain about a change in prices this year, explain that prices for the seats in the back are the same, but seats in the front are worth more, and therefore cost more.
So, why should you price seats according to their value?
Better experience for the ticket buyer = higher perceived value.
Offer perks for more loyal families.
Increases urgency to get the ticket = you get the money in hand sooner.
2016 Per Ticket Data
Reserved seating is a type of seating setup in which the ticket buyer can choose specific seats they want to sit in. Now, why is this important?
The average price paid in 2016 for a general admission ticket to a dance recital nationwide was $10.80, vs. $14.03 for a reserved ticket! That’s a 30% difference!
2016 Per Ticket Data, cont’d.
Moreover, the average gross per event with general admission seating was $1,715, while the average gross per event with reserved seating was $5,370! Don’t leave money on the table!
Big Idea #3: Generate Leads
Owners put forth an inordinate amount of effort into producing a recital, and most of the time, the only people exposed are the ones who already know how great their studio is! That’s such a waste! Your RECITAL is a prime opportunity to SHOWCASE your studio to prospective families and the community.
Invite “warm” prospects to your recital
Donate tickets to community charities
Leverage local schools / end of year activities
BUNDLE and sell online
Manage your INVENTORY wisely
Use your recital to GENERATE LEADS
So you want to sell tickets and merchandise online—now what?
TutuTix: The Easiest Way to Sell and Distribute Tickets to Your Dance Performances
How It Works: Step 1 – You Sign Up Online
It’s easy to get started with our easy online sign-up form. We just need some basic information in order to set up your events, including:
Your event info
The ticket prices
The date you want your tickets to go on sale
Your seating chart (if you plan on using assigned seating)
Your dedicated relationship manager will walk you through the process and help you fill in the blanks, and answer any questions you may have. After we have your information, our staff sets up your event, and you’ll get a final opportunity to review your event before we make tickets available to the public.
How It Works: Step 1 – You Sign Up Online, cont’d.
Codes? Comps? No Problem! With more than 1,200 clients nationwide, chances are, we’ve done every kind of presale setup there is. We can do:
Reserved seating, general admission and mixed reserved/general seating.
Promo codes, discount codes and comps.
Shopping cart for multiple performances or merchandise sales.
How It Works: Step 2 – Patrons Buy Tickets
When your tickets go on sale, your patrons can buy them:
Online at tututix.com/yourstudioname
On their mobile devices
On your Facebook page
From our toll-free call center
How It Works: Step 2 – Patrons Buy Tickets, cont’d.
For reserved seating, online ticket buyers can select their own seats with our easy-to-use seatPower seat selector.
How It Works: Step 2 – We Deliver Tickets
To Your Patrons – Your patrons can choose to get tickets delivered instantly to their email or smartphone, or to have souvenir tickets mailed to them. Tickets are mailed out immediately, and usually arrive within one week of purchase.
And to You – A few days before the event, we print any unsold tickets on the same keepsake ticket stock and ship them directly to you for FREE as part of our Door Ticket Kit so that you can have tickets on hand for door sales.
You Get Paid Weekly
We deposit ticket proceeds into your account weekly, giving you the flexibility to use those funds when you need them.
Your patrons can choose to have full-color, foil-embossed barcoded keepsake tickets mailed to them. We even print the dancer’s name directly on the tickets! Tickets are mailed out immediately, and usually arrive within one week of purchase.
Customizable Print-at-Home Tickets
Our print-at home tickets are customizable! You can promote upcoming classes, workshops or performances, or even sell advertising to your event sponsors!
Door Ticket Kit
Our FREE door ticket kit makes it easy to sell any remaining tickets on the day of your event.
iPhone and Android Scanner Apps
Need an easy way to scan tickets at the door? Our free scanner apps are available for iPhone and Android.
Besides being very easy and convenient to prepare, healthy smoothie recipes also provide your body with lots of nutrients and keep you feeling full. Because of the large number of ingredients that you can use, you can easily find lots of different healthy smoothie recipes online. The main ingredients that are commonly used are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and a liquid of your choice.
This particular smoothie, which we’ve called “En Pointe,” can be drunk at any time of the day, and would be an ideal snack to have an hour or so before your dance session.
1/2 cup of frozen berries: you can either freeze the berries yourself or buy them ready frozen in store. Common berries to use are strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries.
Berries are one of the best sources of vitamin C that there is. This vitamin not only helps keep your immune system in shape and helps your body absorb iron from the food that you eat, it is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that reduce free radical damage in our bodies, thereby preventing multiple different diseases.
Studies have shown that berries keep you mentally sharp, improve heart health, and assist in weight management. Even if they didn’t come with all these benefits, they just taste great!
1/4 cup of frozen mango: like berries, mangoes are high in vitamin C. They also provide your body with vitamin A, which is needed in order to maintain the health of your eyes, skin and hair.
Despite being extremely tasty, a quarter cup of mango only contains 28 calories! This is because it is made up of more than 80% water. The natural sugars that it contains will keep your feeling energized and alert.
1/2 medium banana: this fruit has got to be the most commonly used ingredient in smoothies, which is why we included it in this recipe as well. Bananas help to make smoothies nice and thick, much like a milkshake.
They also come with a number of health benefits. Bananas contain many important nutrients such as vitamin B6, copper, manganese and dietary fiber. They are often considered as being the perfect food for athletes because of their easily digested carbohydrates and mineral content. Some studies have also shown that eating bananas could help reduce muscle cramps & soreness. This is great news for dancers!
1 cup of spinach: greens are important and should be a large part of your diet. However at the same time, they aren’t always the most exciting of foods and eating them can just be plain boring.
Adding greens into smoothies is the perfect way to disguise their taste whilst at the same time making sure you are meeting your daily requirement. Look at the color of this smoothie – would you even be able to tell that there’s a whole cup of greens in it?
Spinach provides your body with a multitude of vitamins & minerals, including vitamin K and iron. In place of spinach you can use kale, Swiss chard or collard greens.
1 tablespoon of chia seeds: these black & white seeds are incredibly small, and one would wonder if they are even worth eating at all. Well, they certainly are! They provide your body with protein, dietary fiber, calcium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.
When chia seeds are introduced into liquid, they swell up and form a gel like consistency. This helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
If you don’t have chia seeds at hand, you can also use flax, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
1 cup of coconut water: and finally, you need to add in a liquid ingredient so that you can actually drink the smoothie! There are a wide range of options to choose from, including ordinary milk, nut milks, fruit juices and even plain old water.
Coconut water makes for a wonderful smoothie ingredient. Firstly, it contains natural sugars and a distinct taste which helps to enhance the flavor of the beverage. Secondly, it is a good source of electrolytes, in particular potassium and magnesium, both of which keep your heart healthy. Finally, it is super hydrating!
Super Simple Directions
To prepare this smoothie, add the coconut water to a blender followed by the rest of the ingredients. Blend well, until everything is nice and smooth. Then simply pour into a glass and enjoy! Thanks to healthsomeness.com for this awesome recipe.
Let us know how your smoothie turns out! Be sure to tag @tututix on Instagram or Twitter, or feel free to post your creation to the TutuTix Facebook page!
The dance world is full of career opportunities for people who love the dance and love self-expression. Besides performing full-time or teaching (or, as many dancers know, a combination of both), other career paths exist for dance-oriented individuals looking to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Dance administration jobs put you right in the middle of the action, and give you a powerful role in building up a successful dance studio. Check out these 5 methods to strengthen your resume and help you get a job at a growing dance studio.
If a studio is looking for an office assistant or studio manager (examples of dance administration jobs), they’re expecting to bring someone in who will clean up their business’ organizational practices. That might range from interacting with parents, to answering phones, to creating better filing systems for student registration forms. How do you organize your personal life, and are there some practices you use that could translate well into a small business setting? Here are a few ideas you can suggest to a studio that might not be using these organizational methods:
Create a bulletin board with a calendar for that month’s events. By having events easily visible to parents in the lobby, they’ll be constantly reminded about upcoming dates and can talk about those events with other parents.
Scan all dancer registration forms and store them online using cloud software like Google Drive or Dropbox. Then, after making sure the forms are all backed up, you can shred the physical forms to save space in the office.
Build a newsletter template, and send out regular emails to parents with event updates and news from the previous month. Pictures of dancers in action will be a great way for parents to see their children in the classroom, and will keep them excited to open your emails.
Become Social Media Savvy
Another reason to hire an office assistant or studio manager is to strengthen the studio’s presence on social media. By bringing on a person who has dedicated responsibilities for posting online, the studio owner and teachers can focus more attention on students, leaving part of the business growth to you. For that reason, you should know your way around the various social media platforms, and be proficient in at least three (we recommend Facebook to be your priority).
On Facebook, you should be prepared to manage an official studio page, and post pictures and information about upcoming events. Facebook can also be a primary way for parents to communicate with the studio after hours or without calling the studio line.
Other social media sites like Instagram can add a dynamic visual aspect to your studio’s online presence. Twitter is a great way to share news updates with parents and the local dance community.
Gain Some Volunteer Experience
There are few better qualifications than hands-on experience, and prior work in a dance studio setting will show your potential employer that you’re a studio veteran and know your way around the dance community. If you’ve danced before, reach out to your previous teachers about putting in some time at their studio as a volunteer. Or, ask about helping other arts organizations in your city with event hosting or office work that can build up your administrative skills in a fine arts setting.
While you volunteer, do your best to be constantly challenging yourself to learn new skills. Part of a studio assistant’s role will include bookkeeping, scheduling appointments, running errands, and conflict management with customers. Be asking about the best ways to handle those tasks, and try to put yourself into situations where you can get hands-on practice before you’re invited to the studio for an interview.
Dig Into Professional Education
We say “professional” instead of “higher” education, because “higher” education implies college-level classes. Which are not always the most ideal programs to focus on! Professional training can make you certified in a variety of different skill sets, and can add value to your personal brand.
Going back to previous dance education you may have had, consider brushing up on those skills so that you can be available to assist teachers in class in a backup capacity. Having a member of the staff who is well-versed in dance technique can be an invaluable asset in case a teacher runs into a problem and needs help with an activity in the classroom (even if it’s leading stretches during the first part of class).
If you enjoy fitness in other settings, and think you might be proficient enough to become a trainer, consider getting certified in physical education! Many studios we talk to have been moving towards allowing community fitness groups to use their space for a fee. As you help to build your studio’s brand in the community, you can also provide an additional income source for the studio (further raising your value as an employee).
Other certifications you earn can be valuable for the studio owner: for example, a studio assistant certified in CPR or other medical emergency techniques might lower liability insurance for the business, meaning more dollars for the studio to spend elsewhere.
Dance administration jobs are expensive investments for dance studios, and when they hire additional staff they’re expecting to make plenty of bang for their buck. Your job as a studio assistant or office manager is to build value for the dance studio through effective marketing, efficient business organization, and your ability to work well under pressure. If you can prove that your skills and ideas will help grow the business and take some of the workload off of studio owners, you’ll be a great choice for any dance studio.
The simple answer: No. Your teachers do not need dance certification. However, as the dance industry continues to grow, having certified teachers can bring along benefits which will set your studio apart and give you a leg up on the competition.
Your potential clientele want to know that they will be investing in a fun and high-quality dance education for their children. Being able to claim that you hire certified teachers can give your studio the credibility you need to draw in new customers.
However, that credibility is not only limited to a degree or a certificate: great performance experience or prior teaching experience can be just as valuable in the classroom. As a studio owner, certainly keep an eye out for teachers with certification. But don’t let a lack of dance certification disqualify a candidate. Many top teachers have built their talent on hard work and a great understanding of working with kids in the classroom.
Valuable Teaching and High Return Rates
Studios are schools; dancers are there to learn. And perhaps the most important element of learning is teaching. Your instructors may be highly qualified in technique with backgrounds as ex-professionals, experienced dancers or current students. However, that does not automatically make them great teachers. A study published by The Sports Psychologist found that 95percent of youth athletes with trained coaches continued to engage in the sport the following year. But, only 74 percent of those who played for a non-trained coach returned. Those statistics extend to other sports besides dance, but they point to a trend. Previous teaching experience or education directly relates to student growth.
This is because a quality instructor must be well-rounded in technique, and have an understanding of education. Dance certification courses can provide such qualifications, as they aim to prepare instructors for different genres, skills and styles. They also train them to effectively teach students of all ages, levels and abilities. Through dance certification programs, teachers learn to communicate their expectations, design lesson plans to develop skills, criticize constructively and positively, and encourage their students to work toward the desired outcome. Successful dancers who keep coming back for classes are responding to a combination of their love for dance and a teacher who can provide a great experience for them.
Extending to Schools
Having dance certified teachers opens another door: extending classes to schools. The National Dance Education Organization reported that dance is being incorporated into the United States’ education system at a growing rate. 6,000 K-12 schools now include dance in the curriculum, and 665 postsecondary institutions offer dance minor and major degrees. As outlined by Teaching Certificate, with a dance certificate and some additional requirements dependent on the state, instructors can bring your studio’s classes into schools for physical education programs. This is a great opportunity to then transition children into your private studio.
How to Become Certified
Ranging from discounted online courses to more expensive, intensive courses, there are a range of certification programs for your instructors to choose from. To be officially certified by the National Dance Council of America, your teachers should choose from the list of eight member organizations, which can be found on the NDCA website.
While having a certification may be beneficial in many ways, it is not a requirement in order to follow your passion of being a dance teacher.
Hosting workshops is a great way to keep your students in touch with their dance skills (plus it means some income even in the down time of the summer months). The theme or focus of a workshop can be about anything, and it really depends on your students and what you think is the most valuable use of their time. Workshops are usually one-day events, so you’ll be working with a limited schedule. Use these dance workshop ideas to plan ahead and maximize your dancers’ experiences!
Skill-based workshops or skill-set intensive sessions are perfect for working on specific moves or muscle groups, and allow for polishing of the move beyond the scope of usual classroom practice. By scheduling workshops where you have multiple teachers available throughout the day, those teachers can give more private attention to students who need the most help, allowing for a single session to have several different levels of skill all improving at the same time.
Think about moves that you think might be valuable in future performance, or problems that you consistently see as moves needing improvement among your students. These projects to tackle might be more general, like improving students’ posture, or specific movements like the developpé.
Genre Introduction Workshops
As students get older, it’s important to give them options and expose them to different kinds of dance. The wider the variety of experiences available, the better students will understand which styles they like and want to pursue in more detail. Whether you host a jazz class for your ballet dancers, ballet for your jazz dancers, hip-hop or acro for everyone, help your students by pushing them out of their comfort zones and letting them try out different means of expression.
Maybe, like many teachers hope, your students are interested in developing their own unique style and want to put together a routine. Be the mentor that guides them along that path. Host creative workshops where you provide a few song options and ask students to bring in a few movements they’d like to perform!
By breaking up students into small groups with similar skill levels, you’ll let the dancers express themselves creatively while hopefully putting together a dance that can be learned that day. Like we mentioned before, having a number of teachers available can help by hosting those smaller groups and giving each dancer more personal attention. At the end of the day, have a recital performance for the groups of students to perform the routine they’ve put together!
Make the Experience Memorable
No matter which approach you take (and please send us your suggestions for dance workshop ideas that have worked in your studio!), make sure your students have FUN! These sessions should be meant to refresh interest in dance and improve your dancers’ abilities, and to encourage your students to keep dancing at your studio (especially if they haven’t registered for the fall season yet).
Let students practice some improvisation, ask them to suggest moves they want to work on for the next half hour, or plan to have hourly “dance party moments” where you put on a Top 40 song for them to dance along with their friends in whichever style they like best. Be creative in coming up with different dance workshop ideas, and ask other teachers and studio owners for themes that have worked well for them.
Make the Experience Memorable…and Easy for You to Host!
Most importantly, make sure that the event is within your ability to host. There are varied opinions on ideal student-to-teacher ratios in the classroom: for these workshops, the more teachers you can have, the more of a handle you’ll have on each dancer’s experience.
Make a schedule for the day, and decide if it makes the most sense for the studio to provide lunch (and to build that cost into the workshop tuition amount), or to ask dancers to bring their own lunch. Will the workshop day be one long session, or two separate sessions (morning and evening)? Will parents be able to stay for the day, and where will they stay?
And, be sure to create programming in that fits your audience. A great way to find out parents’ and students’ interests is to simply ask. Create a poll on your studio’s Facebook page, send out an email to parents, or try to be asking your students about their interests so you can gather dance workshop ideas throughout the regular dance season! With the right information, you’ll be able to plan and execute the best dance workshop(s) ever.
Welcome to The Done Club! Recital season is finally over, and it’s time to take a big sigh of relief. It’s also time to take a look at the next few months and plan out ideas for bringing more dancers to your studio. Use these 5 strategies to create a great dance studio marketing plan for the summer, and fill up your fall classes.
In today’s world of social media and powerful mobile phones, having great content to share from your events can be very valuable. And, if you didn’t make a dedicated effort to gather some photos or video this season, you can bet some parents documented their child’s recital experience. See what you can find! Sharing great recital images or video content on your social media channels is a sure-fire way to engage your parents and showcase your dancers’ talent. You can even use those photos as decorations for your studio!
But, be sure to have parents’ permission in writing before you put those photos anywhere. Some studios have a photo permission release form included at the beginning of each season. If you don’t have one of those, you can still email a parent directly and ask for permission. Just wait to get a positive response with clear approval language before you move forward on sharing a photo (or video) anywhere.
Write A Post-Recital Follow-Up Email
Along with sharing news and media from your recital online, consider reaching out to your parents and prospective customers with a post-recital email blast. That email can thank parents for their support during recital season (and should hopefully have a few great pictures included!). It can also invite prospective parents to reach out for more information about your studio. Most importantly, include an invitation for current customers to renew their registration. You should mention any referral or discount programs you might be planning on using this year. If you have online registration available, have a big section with a link to register and a call-to-action message:
“Don’t wait until the fall to sign up for your child’s dance classes!”
“Students are already signing up for fall lessons, be sure to register early before spots are filled!”
Sending out a letter to parents after a recital can show your appreciation for their business, and your dedication to their child. Especially if you had a photographer for your recital, try and find a picture or pictures of each student, consider including them with your letter! Parents will be thrilled to have professional shots of their child at their recital, and chances are they’ll reach out about getting more pictures to share with their friends and family.
Along with the positive relationships you can foster through a personalized mail piece, you can also include important registration information for parents to renew their child’s lessons for the fall. If you use paper registration, it is possible to include packets and forms in a mail-piece for parents to fill out and return. However, it’s less than appealing (as a parent) to receive a super-stuffed envelope with a variety of forms, and those forms could very well end up sitting on the counter for weeks before being returned. A much more effective way of engaging parents and encouraging quick registration is by including a small sheet with a website URL for online registration.
Our ideal mail-piece inventory would look something like this:
Thank you letter, with your signature (or a teacher’s signature)
1-2 pictures of the specific student
Registration reminder slip with a URL and social media information
Flier for any summer events the studio will be hosting
All of these documents fold neatly into a regular business-size envelope, keeping your mailing costs to a minimum (one stamp per envelope).
Host Summer Camps/Workshops
A good dance studio marketing plan isn’t only about sending out information directly to customers. It’s about creating community awareness for your studio and your brand. Hosting summer camps or dance workshops is a great way to keep your business on customers’ minds, while also creating some incoming cash flow during the summer months. These smaller events can also serve as great preview opportunities for prospective students! Having them sit in for a session can make all the difference in their decision about signing up for lessons in the fall.
Volunteer at Community Events
Unlike dance camps or workshops, community events put you and your dancers in the public eye. They can also help create a buzz about your studio. Having your dancers volunteer to perform at a local fair or arts event provides more performance experience for them. Plus, it showcases your studio’s potential to parents who are thinking about signing their child up for lessons. Similarly, volunteering your time to teach at a fine arts camp can create networking opportunities for you with other professionals in the area. Those events can even put you in touch with art-minded families who might consider your studio for classes.
Dance studio owners must fill many roles to keep their classes running. It can be very rewarding to build a career out of dance and to have the opportunity to foster a love for the art in a new generation of dancers. However, studios are businesses, and running a business requires payment from clients in the form of dance tuition and other fees.
Discussing finances can be an uncomfortable topic, even for seasoned business owners. However, in order to keep a dance studio running, owners need to be able to collect dance tuition on time from their students. When those payments aren’t coming through when they’re supposed to, studio owners will have to have conversations with their students or with parents to rectify the situation.
Fortunately, there are steps that dance studio owners can take early on to mitigate some of these conversations and problems related to late payments. With the right planning and communication, studio owners can create a system that works for everyone involved.
State Expectations Early
One of the most important things for any business owners to do before providing a service is make their expectations known from the start. Studios should have their prices and policy information clearly visible on their websites. When students enquire about classes or programs they should be given an information packet that has a clear, direct section dedicated to dance tuition payments.
While that should be more than enough to help keep students informed, the fact of the matter is that some people simply won’t read those kind of documents carefully. They’ll skim the parts that appeal to their interests and miss what they really need to know.
That’s why owners will need to verbally reiterate the structure to people as they sign up, and possibly even make a quick reminder announcement on the first day of class about payments or any other key policies that they don’t want anyone to miss. Remind students of where they can find this information so they can look back to it when they need to.
Dance tuition information should also be emphasized in class contracts. Use a bold emphasis for the numbers and make sure that the client signs all the right paperwork. If you want, you can even go a step further and ask that they specifically initial next to the payment due date information. If you say it enough and put it in writing your clients won’t be able to use “I didn’t know” as an excuse to try and shirk their responsibilities.
Give People Payment Options
Providing payment options for your students can encourage them to pay on time. Many times people who pay late aren’t trying to do anything malicious but are simply busy and lose track of the date easily. By making it as convenient as possible for people to pay, you can avoid the well-meaning “Oh, I meant to do that!” from your students and their parents.
An easy way to do this is to accept different methods of payment. Invest in mobile payment technology, which can let you accept credit card payments at the studio. According to a Bankrate survey, 9 percent of Americans report that they don’t carry cash on a regular basis. An additional 40 percent don’t carry more than $20 in paper money.
Besides credit cards, while checks are decreasing in usage, you should still accept them. Most banks will allow you to deposit a check right through your smart phone, so it doesn’t need to be an inconvenience for you.
Give People Timelines
Another way to provide options is to give people a choice of how much they pay and when. You could reward people who pay for a full year’s worth of classes upfront by offering a small discount for a lump sum payment instead of paying month to month, or even for paying six or three months in advance. This could benefit you in a few ways.
For one thing, it can help stop those forgetful payers. They can write one check and not have to think about it again. It will also give you some extra cushioning in case several students stop paying on time during the year. Having that safety net from early payers can help keep late payments from doing any damage to your business while you work to collect from them. They may need that little incentive to do so, though, so small discounts that won’t break your bank can help incentivize them.
You can also use websites that will allow people to automate their payments. Some of these programs will send out due date alerts on your behalf, or you can also choose to send an email to all of your students yourself.
How to Collect Dance Tuition When They’re Late
It can be awkward to confront late payers, because sometimes people just can’t afford it. If a student starts the year with a good job and then suddenly gets her hours cut, she may find herself suddenly unable to hold to her agreements on time.
There are a few ways to handle people in those circumstances. If you’re willing to be lenient and allow students to continue classes even if their economic position changes, you should write that into your payment policy. If they know they can come to you and explain why they may be late with some of their payments you can deal with the situation early and not have to chase them down or guess why their payments have stopped.
You should decide before a session starts what the qualifications are for being allowed to pay late without penalty or before they need to suspend their involvement with the program. If you have to enforce either of those consequences, it will be easier and less awkward if you can point to a standing policy that’s been written out, Inc.com noted.
For students who can pay and just can’t seem to stay organized, you may want to implement a short grace period and then a late fee. Remind people with another written message that a fee is coming if they don’t pay, and then enforce it if they still don’t. People who can pay but routinely refuse to should have their access to school resources limited until they either start paying, or at least offer a viable reason for their lateness.