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Q: I'm observing my teachers this month. Are there specific things I should give feedback on?

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Q: Should we keep our tap program next year? We only have a handful of interested students.

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Q: The parents of my competition kids keep requesting fundraisers, and it's driving me nuts. In our contract, I said we would do three fundraisers, but now they're pushing for more. What's your fundraising policy?

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Q: After running my studio six days a week for 20 years, it's time for me to delegate. How can I transition into a shared-workload system with my teachers?

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Q: My studio is growing quickly. I'd like to bring in someone to take over the majority of teaching and manage the curriculum and performance teams, while I run the business side. What's the best way to do this?

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Q: I'm looking to hire new instructors. How can I create a competitive job listing?

A: We've found the best way to attract qualified applicants for teaching positions at our studio is to be as specific as possible with our expectations, while communicating what makes our studio a great place to work.

Here's an example of a job description we've used when seeking teachers:

Lead Dance Instructor: Tap/Jazz/Contemporary; Choreography for Dance Teams.

Kathy Blake Dance Studios is seeking new instructors to join our faculty. Our performing arts school, located in the Souhegan Valley of New Hampshire, has an emphasis on excellence and love for the art of dance, with a student base aged 2 to adult. We pride ourselves on paying our teachers well, offering a professionally managed front office and fostering a sense of teamwork and collaboration among our staff.

We have an immediate opening for a dance instructor whose specialty is teaching intermediate to advanced tap, jazz and/or contemporary, as well as choreographing for competitive dance teams. We are seeking a creative, forward-thinking teacher who brings out the best in dancers. Schedule of 5 to 10-plus classes a week, based on availability. Position begins in August (or sooner, based on teacher availability). The school year runs from September through June. Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience and credentials.

Interested instructors: Please e-mail or reply to this ad with a current resumé and phone number, as well as what you love about teaching and what matters most to you in working for a dance studio.

Can't teach on our regular schedule? Please let us know if you'd like to be considered for our guest-artist master-class events.

Kathy Blake (Kathy Blake Dance Studios in Amherst, New Hampshire) and Suzanne Blake Gerety co-founded DanceStudioOwner.com.

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Q: Do you waive tuition for your instructors' children? As we grow, I'm finding it hard to keep giving away free spots that could be for paying customers.

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Q: What's your recital fee, and how is it structured?

A: Clearly defined, itemized recital fees can reduce the amount of communication about when money is due and allow parents to budget and make appropriate choices. Recital fees vary greatly based on what's included. Typically, the fee includes costumes, tights, T-shirts, flowers and video or photos. Whether or not you include tickets depends on if your theater requires you to use their box-office service (which makes it more complicated). There are two fee formats: one flat fee, paid in full; or a fee broken up into nine monthly payments.

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