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Ask the Experts: Problems with Bartering Structure

Ask the Experts: Problems with Bartering Structure

My receptionist, with whom I “exchange services,” has a passive-aggressive attitude lately and is getting caught up in mom drama. How should I handle this?
Bartering is complicated. Because it doesn’t operate like a typical employer-employee … Continue reading

Ask the Experts: Keeping Kids Interested the Month Before a Recital

Ask the Experts: Keeping Kids Interested the Month Before a Recital

It’s hard to get the kids excited about their dance the last month before the recital. They’re bored with it and don’t understand why we have to practice it every class. Any tips?
Children aren’t shy … Continue reading

Ask the Experts: Dealing with Disrespectful Teenage Students

Ask the Experts: Dealing with Disrespectful Teenage Students

Q: I am really struggling with disrespectful teenage students, some who are bullies and some who think they have a say in how I run the school. I’m ready to tell them: “This is how … Continue reading

Ask the Experts: Highlighting Alumni

Ask the Experts: Highlighting Alumni

Q: I want to celebrate what our former students are up to, so parents see the many things you can do with a dance background. What are some ways to highlight our alumni?
A: Regardless of … Continue reading

Ask the Experts: Costume Order Changes

Ask the Experts: Costume Order Changes

Q: We just found out that a costume we had chosen for a class won’t get here in time, so we quickly picked a different one. Now parents are furious. How should I handle this? … Continue reading

Ask the Experts: Rewarding Loyal Families and Students

Ask the Experts: Rewarding Loyal Families and Students

Q: I’d like to reward my students and families for their loyalty and participation over the years. But I barely have enough time to keep track of important details. How can I do this simply? … Continue reading