What It’s Like to Start a Dance Convention During a Pandemic

When studio owner Kyle Preiser teamed up with university educator and longtime convention faculty Judy Rice, their 2020 plan didn’t factor in the arrival of COVID-19. But rather than postpone the launch of Alpha Dance Convention, they committed to making it a learning experience. Here’s how, with flexibility, patience and a relationship-first approach, their start-up has made good use of a challenging time.

How This Business Owner Converted Her Dance Venue to a Socially Distanced Restaurant

This ballroom-studio owner in Seattle has always been resourceful, operating a restaurant and creating a popular date-night experience for her clients taking lessons in social dance. But the pandemic is stretching her creative muscles to the max as she tries to preserve both her studio and restaurant businesses until her customers can safely return.