What 2017 Taught Me

Like many people I like to look back on my year and review the great wins and the big losses…the good, the bad and the not so pretty. Here are my top 5 lessons of 2017 1. Surround yourself with graceful people. Owning a dance studio I am surrounded by tons of graceful people, but…

Baby and Preschool Dance Classes

Dance teachers and studio owners if you don’t already know, classes for dancers 5 and under are the most important classes in your studio.  These dancers will make or break the future of your school.  I talk to a lot of studio owners around country and this is what I hear as the challenges associated…

Don’t ask me to push your kid.

Wheather your child chooses to dance, study karate, play baseball or piano, coaches and teachers hear the same thing from parents. As a concern: “I just want my child to be pushed” As a complaint: “She’s not being pushed” There is nothing positive that comes from the word “push”.  Think about that for a second….

Raising Exceptional Kids Through Dance

The teenagers who have grown up at my studio are different than other teens.  They have a strong work ethic, they are respectful, team players and driven.  Now, I am not saying they are the only teens in the world that are exceptional, but I coach a dance team at a local high school and…

Dear Dance Comps…Stop asking my dancers to miss school!

I love dance competitions.  I love how it keeps my dancers hungry, I love that my kids get excited to watch other dancers, I love watching them support kids from other studios and I love how they love really great competition! I also hate competitions.  I am finding that many competitions these days are not…

Something shiny

As a creative person I find my self constantly distracted from my goals. Distracted by what I think are really great ideas. Like right now. One if my goals is balance between work and personal life. I have dinner plans with my husband tonight. My wonderful inlaws are coming over to watch my kiddos. The…

Marketing with an Instagram Contest

A fun way to engage your younger customer is through Instagram.  If you don’t already have a studio Instagram, get one today!  Instagram is easy to use and a great way to engage your tween and even teenage students.  If you are not familiar with the application, you can download the Instagram app though your…

Nutcracker Marketing

The Ballet Company of East County has been producing a successful Nutcracker for the past 10 years.  In that time we have tried many different internal and external marketing techniques; the expected ones like newspaper articles, local parades, farmers markets, flyers and posters, but we really like to think outside the box and come up…

And Don’t Raise a Bully Either

Bullying is an issue. We seem to be living in a narcissistic society where no one is considering the harm their actions maybe causing other people. The worst part of all is now bullies can torture others from the comfort of their homes. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have become a feeding ground for cowards; a…

Please Don’t Raise a Pansy

Please Don’t Raise a Pansy Parents it is time to wake up.  It is time to stop letting your children think everyone wins, everyone has to be nice and things are always going to be fair.  That is not reality.  You are raising a generation of children who are going to grow up completely dependent…

Gender Bias

Gender bias is alive and well. As a dance teacher I see it on a regular basis and it may not be in the way you would expect.    So often, mom walks into the dance studio to sign Sally up for dance lesson with brother in tow. I ask if brother will be taking…

For The Love Of Dance

East County Performing Arts Center has successful competition team of close to 100 kids. It hasn’t always been this way. Our dancers and teachers have really worked hard to advance, grow and be innovative. In the early days, of high silvers, it was easy to stay focused on attitude, energy and fun. As I have…