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Ask the Experts: Pricing Private Lessons

Ask the Experts: Pricing Private Lessons

How do you price private lessons—per session or per hour? What’s your rate? If you aren’t the one teaching the lessons, how do you split the profit between teacher and studio?
Most studio owners offer … Continue reading

Ask the Experts: Getting People to Pay on Time

I can’t get anyone to pay on time. Our policy states that tuition is due on the 1st and considered late after the 10th, with a $10 late fee. If it’s still unpaid, kids are … Continue reading

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