Lovely Leaps began 2020 with programs in eight preschools and a small weekend-studio enrollment. It’s ending the year having taught over 3,500 students through its robust virtual-class program. Here’s how the owner did it.
Hundreds of dancers from dozens of dance studios huddled onstage awaiting awards; a theater full of parents; a new city every week. The traditional formula for dance competitions clearly won’t work in COVID-19 times. So what’s the alternative?
Amid the uncertainty of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic, two popular community dance hubs with very different trajectories—L.A.’s EDGE Performing Arts Center and Chicago’s Visceral Dance Center—share their plans for the future.
When Chasta Hamilton decided to fold her popular competition program, 76 percent of her team members left for other studios. Today, the training program that replaced her comp team is bigger—and more profitable—than the team ever was, and has helped her studio grow overall. Here’s how she did it.
With all the challenges dance studios, stores and dancewear makers face during this pandemic economy, it’s easy to act from a place of fear. But now, more than ever, the smarter strategy for your business is to focus on your strengths—and on helping the whole dance industry stay strong.
After teaching for more than 30 years—most recently building a successful preschool program for a dance studio in Burlington, North Carolina—Kim Black decided it was time to open her own business. But the very day she signed the lease for Miss Kim’s Children’s Dance and Arts was the day North Carolinians learned dance studios were required to close due to the pandemic. That didn’t stop her.
When it comes to music licenses, asking forgiveness rather than permission is not a sound business strategy. But what does that mean for streaming music in virtual classes, now that they are the new norm? We broke down your biggest music-licensing questions (for both normal times and COVID times).
In times of recession or other financial difficulty, one response might be to rein in one’s activities and tighten the purse strings. Gina Gibney has a history of success by taking the opposite approach.
Retaining students—and attracting new ones—has perhaps never been more difficult, or more important. Experts Kathy Blake and Suzanne Blake Gerety shared five simple steps you can take now to help your fall enrollment.
Jana Belot’s six-studio Gotta Dance typically holds 13 in-person performances. Her virtual recitals were just as big a production—complete with animation, musicians and more. Here’s how she did it.