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Q: I want to do a holiday performance and need some advice. How do you get parents on board? How do you keep it economical? What other money makers do you do at your holiday show other than ticket sales?

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A: Studio owners need to shift their mind-set around pricing for costumes. There is a difference between covering costs and netting a profit.

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I have teachers who are there for their pieces/students only and work hard for them but don't go above and beyond. Then I have a non-competition teacher (a ballet teacher at the studio with no competitive pieces), who came to all of our competitions this year and worked nonstop.

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Q: A student's parents insist their daughter is strong enough for pointe, but our ballet teacher says she's not ready. They want to take her to another studio that promised they'd put her on pointe. What should I do?

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When parents have concerns about the studio, they'll often tell one of my teachers rather than me. How can I solve problems I don't officially know about?

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Q: I'm about to cut my competition team because of drama, stress and the types of parents it attracts. People keep trying to talk me out of it, but I'm burnt out. Any suggestions?

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Q: I lost a recreational dancer this month because she wanted to take classes with friends at another studio. How do you cultivate friendships among your dancers?

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Q: Last year I had recital photos taken, but very few people ordered any. Is it worth it to do it again this year?

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