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Category: Expert Advice From Misty Lown
Parent Teacher Conference for Dancers

Parent Teacher Conference for Dancers

Looking back, I feel like I have had three different lives as a studio owner: Studio owner before kids. Studio owner with young kids. Studio owner with kids in other ...

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7 Ways to Ensure a Strong Dance Summer

7 Ways to Ensure a Strong Dance Summer

As I sit down to write this article, it’s 10 below zero outside the doors of my studio. We are in the depths of winter in Wisconsin and summer is on my mind. But, I’m not thinking ...

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It’s Halftime: Mid-Season Dance Teacher Reviews

It’s Halftime: Mid-Season Dance Teacher Reviews

It's halftime! No, I’m not talking about football (and I call the Packers’ mid-game break “intermission” anyway). I’m talking about halftime of the DANCE SEASON—the midway point ...

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Dance Studio Registration Tips – The Final PUSH

Dance Studio Registration Tips – The Final PUSH

When I started my business, I started dance studio registration in June of each year and closed it in early November because that was when we measured students and ordered recital ...

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Profitable Recital Costumes Start Now

Profitable Recital Costumes Start Now

No one in our industry would question that producing a recital takes the TOP spot for biggest project of the year. Coming in at a close second, however, is the process of ordering ...

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Back-to-Dance Tips: How to Thrive

Back-to-Dance Tips: How to Thrive

Does the thought of having to sub for someone on top of your already hectic schedule make you sweat? Does the idea of having to plan a holiday show keep you up at night? Is your ...

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10 Tips for a Confident Dance Teacher Contract

10 Tips for a Confident Dance Teacher Contract

My five kids are all getting ready to go back to school in the next week and along with registration for school comes paperwork…lots of paperwork. Dance schools are no ...

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Dance Registration That Rocks

Dance Registration That Rocks

It’s THAT time of year again! Yes, you know it…. ZERO time. Zero time? Yes. That’s what I call the period after recital. In my world, it looks something like this: From ...

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The Worst Dance Mom Ever

The Worst Dance Mom Ever

It’s official. The Worst Dance Mom Awards are out and the winner is (insert drumroll)...me. Shocked? Don’t be. Many dance studio owners and teachers have a unique ability to ...

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Tips for a Backstage Bravo!

Tips for a Backstage Bravo!

Some people think the “show” is what happens onstage at the spring recital, but every dance studio owner knows that the REAL show happens backstage! If you want to see a real ...

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Dance Recital Ideas: 7 Ways to Produce a Dance Recital that Pays

Dance Recital Ideas: 7 Ways to Produce a Dance Recital that Pays

Can you imagine the following? A house builder works for nine months with clients to build a beautiful family home. The builder communicates and plans; hiring subcontractors, ...

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Seven Summer Savers: Summer Dance Camp Ideas and More

Seven Summer Savers: Summer Dance Camp Ideas and More

Remember this Broadway song? “Summertime….and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumping and the cotton is high.” Well, that may be true for Porgy and Bess, but in my world summer can ...

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Dance Recital Tips: 6 Ideas for Planning a Great Show

Dance Recital Tips: 6 Ideas for Planning a Great Show

It may be January, but May is on my mind. For those of us living in “dance-land,” New Year’s means more than resolutions—it means recital is coming faster than we think! Costumes ...

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6 Spring Dance Studio Enrollment Boosters

6 Spring Dance Studio Enrollment Boosters

I live in a place affectionately called the Frozen Tundra. It’s not exactly the Arctic, but Green Bay Packer fans claim the whole state is pretty close to that from about ...

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5 Ways to Get Last Minute Dance Students in the Door

5 Ways to Get Last Minute Dance Students in the Door

Dance classes for most studios in North America tend to follow the school year schedule, beginning sometime in late August to early September and ending with a run of recitals or ...

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