Though a new studio year brings with it its own stressors—class scheduling, orientation, newly sore muscles—you'd be remiss if you didn't also use this opportunity to carefully consider what's been working (and what hasn't) for your studio. Is it time to repaint your lobby? Get rid of that more-trouble-than-it's-worth vending machine? Finally add a social-media clause to your student handbook? August is your chance to roll up your sleeves and give every aspect of your business the mental elbow grease it needs.
Reconsider your holiday show
For her first year in business, Maglasang produced both a holiday show in early January and a spring recital at the end of the studio year. "It was beautiful—the parents were crying—but from August to December, we're working on that holiday show," she says. So for her second year, she decided to forgo the holiday show. "I want to focus on technique, the growth and development of our students, and that's not feasible if you're constantly working on choreography." Take time to carefully weigh if your holiday recital is worth the cost, time and energy it needs to be a success—or if there's a way for you to simplify it without negating its benefits.