Kathy Blake is the owner of Kathy Blake Dance Studios in Amherst, New Hampshire. She and Suzanne Blake Gerety are the co-founders of DanceStudioOwner.com.
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.
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.