So you’ve decided to simplify and streamline your studio life by using dance studio software. Feeling overwhelmed by the myriad options out there? The key is finding the features that best fit your particular needs and clientele. Are most of your classes offered as drop-ins, with a large but fluctuating enrollment? MINDBODY might be the way to go. If pricing is your main concern, ClassJuggler will give you the best monthly rates. Need a program compatible with your e-mail marketing platform and your accounting software? Check out Jackrabbit.
PRO Easy to integrate with other widely used software, like Constant Contact (e-mail marketing) and QuickBooks (accounting).
CON Limited training support.
PRO Offers a discounted option ($25/month) for freelance or mobile teachers who want to book their own classes and privates.
CON Tailored more to a studio that uses an open class format, where students can book drop-in classes, rather than a monthly tuition–based studio.
PRO Makes online registration for your clients a no-fail breeze. You can input specific guidelines for a class (age range, capacity, gender) and be alerted if a student who doesn’t meet these requirements tries to register.
CON Can be finicky if you’re using a browser other than Safari version 5.0 or higher.
Four incredible educators: Joanne Chapman, Claudio Muñoz, Pamela VanGilder and Kathleen Isaac foster their students' love of dance, whether instilling artistry, offering rigorous training or giving special needs students an outlet through movement.
When Jennie Somogyi retired from New York City Ballet, she found herself in high demand as a teacher. Parents called, texted and persisted. "I don't even know how some of them got my contact information," she says with a laugh. But Somogyi, who departed from NYCB in 2015 after a 22-year career, hadn't made any definitive plans for the next stage of her life. "I just like to see how things move me," she says. She discovered, though, that she enjoyed the process of giving private lessons and seeing the rapid progress students could make. Over time, she realized that teaching was something she wanted rather than needed.
Does your studio slow down when the weather warms up? If you don't offer a summer session, June through August can be a cash-flow challenge. One popular—and easy—strategy is to offer weeklong camps instead. We spoke to three professionals to learn how they make summer camp work.
This week Ballet Hispánico launched its first ChoreoLaB workshop, a summer intensive intended to better prepare aspiring professional dancers—with more than just excellent technique. Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro wanted to create a program that bridges the school and the company, to help dancers transitioning into the professional world and better hone their skills.
The language of Mind Body Dancer is dynamic. "Action words stimulate change in your students," says yoga teacher TaraMarie Perri. "Try 'pour,' 'push' and 'experience' –not 'feel' or 'do or don't' Those words don't mean anything." Here, Perri and dancer Maggie Ronan use the active MBD language to demonstrate yoga poses used as a warm-up in many dance classes. While practicing, be sure to inhale and exhale in steady cycles.