Studio Owners

At Brookfield Center for the Arts, owner Mandy Winiecki gives parents what she calls a "five-diamond experience." Her Wisconsin–based studio caters to an affluent community, and she takes advantage: "Instead of trying to be the cheapest," she says, "we are the most expensive. But we deliver the best of the best." Here are her suggestions for taking customer experience to the next level.

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The fun doesn't stop after Showstopper's competition season ends. Join Showstopper this fall and winter for their 2018-19 Dance Conventions. Bring the whole studio or dance solo, but register soon so you do not miss out!

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Dance Teachers Trending
Bartlett, front and center, leading a class. Photo by Arthur Fink, courtesy of Bartlett

When Hollis Bartlett began attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2007, the modern-dance faculty urged students to explore the relationship between composed music and dancing. Coming from a studio that typically used popular tunes or songs with lyrics, rather than scores by Philip Glass or John Cage, Bartlett found this valuable, yet challenging. "Now, as an artist I can fight that rule," says Bartlett, who's danced with Doug Varone and Dancers for seven years.

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Sequins and sparkles… sure they dazzle on stage, but for some dancers, certain dance costumes can be uncomfortable and invoke feelings of insecurity. We believe dancers should always feel comfortable so they can focus on the joy of dance. We also believe dance studio owners and teachers should have peace of mind when selecting costumes for their dancers, especially those with sensory sensitivities.

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Dancer Health
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Certain diet myths have persisted for decades. And Instagram and Facebook tend to magnify whatever wellness trends are hot. "Eating healthy is easy, but social media is making it so hard," says Rachel Fine, founder of To The Pointe Nutrition. With so much misinformation out there and compelling photography that markets crazes like #cleaneating as keys to covetable bodies, it's wise to listen to qualified professionals more than influencers. DT asked five experienced nutritionists and dietitians to set the record straight on dancers' most commonly asked questions.

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In an industry exploding with options where bigger is often billed as better, BravO! National Dance & Talent Competition fills a unique void by putting the focus on what matters most - the performers.

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, BravO! combines a participant, studio, and family-friendly schedule with leading edge competition elements and a staff that is dedicated, accommodating, and friendly. They take the competition experience to new heights for dancers, teachers, and spectators alike.

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Dance Teacher Tips

Filming class is all the rage these days, but without proper know-how, your videos can end up looking unprofessional. High- quality footage enhances the entire experience of your choreography and will give your students content they can use to promote themselves and further their career.

Here are five basic video tips for teachers who want to dip their toes in videography. These bad boys will put you on the road to get quality footage from your next class. Check 'em out! 👇

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Dance News
Photos courtesy of the studio's GoFundMe page

Dance Theatre of Jacksonville has suffered severe damage from the recent storm that swept through the southeastern states.

In an effort to help, a studio owner in California whose current student is an alumni of the studio located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, set up a GoFundMe page.

The studio's roof, floating hardwood floors and ceilings all need repairs. The lobby floors are also ruined, according to the studio's owner, Debra Baile Becerra. See a few photos of the devastation below.

"If you can help them out in any way, it would be so appreciated and a blessing on these kids to get back into the studio and feel some sort of normalcy," reads a statement included in the post.

For more information and to offer support, visit here.

Just for fun

The "In My Feelings" challenge took the internet by storm last summer, and we have to say, we thoroughly enjoyed how dancey the internet got for a hot second.

Some of the best editions of the challenge came from some fabulous young ballet dancers, and before the challenge becomes 100 percent irrelevant, we wanted to post one of our favorites for your perusal. You've just got to enjoy Kiki from a classical perspective—am I right?

Share your best "In My Feelings" challenge videos in our comments! We're not ready for this internet phase to end, and we plan to ride it out as long as possible 💁.

You're welcome.

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Editor's List: The Goods
Dance Theatre of Harlem's Alison Stroming in a Capezio leotard (via capezio.com)

There's a change in the air these past few weeks—is it fall? Not quite yet. More importantly, it's PUMPKIN SPICE SEASON. And now, the quintessentially autumnal flavor isn't just for lattes anymore. Dancewear companies are picking up on the trend, offering more and more pieces in rich, sweet orange shades. Behold, eight of our favorite pumpkin spice-inspired pieces for your dancing enjoyment.

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Studio Owners
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Parents: Can't live with them, can't run a studio without them. They aren't shy about voicing their opinions, asking for special treatment or complaining about tuition rates. But they are, first and foremost, your customers, and that means they're entitled to a great customer experience. "Remember that you're in a service business," says Frank Sahlein of 3rd Level Consulting, who often works with studio owners to grow and improve their businesses. Here are five things you owe your customers—and easily implemented methods for meeting their needs.

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Arthur Mitchell and Diana Adams in George Balanchine's Agon. Photo courtesy DM Archives

Former New York City Ballet principal dancer and Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell passed away today in a Manhattan hospital. He was 84 years old.

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Dance Teacher Tips
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Sometimes dance class can get a little (or a lot) predictable, and your students need something that will spice things up.

For times like these, here are some unconventional class activities your kids will love.

Check 'em out 👇 and in the comments share fun and different class activities you like to do!

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