Brenda Way of ODC/Dance in San Francisco projects an enviable vision of staying power in a city that both celebrates its artistic culture and starves it of space. She and co-artistic director KT Nelson have created a thriving dance center in SF’s Mission District—with two buildings that house school, theater, gallery and even a health clinic for dancers.
Here’s how to make the most of the advantage you have as a local brick-and-mortar dance retailer. Tips on creating an immersive store experience that compels customers to linger—and want to return again and again.
When storeowner Leslie Roy-Heck calls Saratoga Dance, Etc., a full-service dance retailer, she really means it—right down to creating new product lines (Bunheads, for one) that she knows dancers need.
Like many artists who eventually choose to transition into nonperforming careers, Robert Hartwell had a dream to coach students. He started a small business with his own savings (and big personality) that within three years was generating $1 million in annual revenue.
Start well in advance, because not only will you be seeking new executive leadership, you’ll want to lay the groundwork for them to be successful. Here’s how Dance Place in Washington, DC, did it.
Dance retailers are always looking for fresh ideas when it comes time to decorate the store for holidays. Here’s the DIY display one store made.
Tutu School founder Genevieve Weeks said yes to franchising her studio six years ago—and now there are 34 locations. Here’s how this business growth strategy works.
Buying a dance-studio franchise gives you a jump-start. A former dancer who owns three Tutu School franchises and a franchise consultant share their advice.
Dance stores and studios: Don’t miss out on these opportunities to cut your tax bill. Don’t delay—the sooner you start, the less stressed you’ll be as the year ends.
Whatever second (or third) act you’re ready to embark on, your legacy and financial security will be affected by the successor you choose—and the deal you make. Here’s how two dance studio owners navigated the passage.