Dance Studio Software

Comparing the big three: Jackrabbit, MINDBODY and ClassJuggler

So you’ve decided to simplify and streamline your studio life by using dance studio software. Feeling overwhelmed by the myriad options out there? The key is finding the features that best fit your particular needs and clientele. Are most of your classes offered as drop-ins, with a large but fluctuating enrollment? MINDBODY might be the way to go. If pricing is your main concern, ClassJuggler will give you the best monthly rates. Need a program compatible with your e-mail marketing platform and your accounting software? Check out Jackrabbit.

Jackrabbit

PRO Easy to integrate with other widely used software, like Constant Contact (e-mail marketing) and QuickBooks (accounting).

CON Limited training support.

MINDBODY

PRO Offers a discounted option ($25/month) for freelance or mobile teachers who want to book their own classes and privates.

CON Tailored more to a studio that uses an open class format, where students can book drop-in classes, rather than a monthly tuition–based studio.

ClassJuggler

PRO Makes online registration for your clients a no-fail breeze. You can input specific guidelines for a class (age range, capacity, gender) and be alerted if a student who doesn’t meet these requirements tries to register.

CON Can be finicky if you’re using a browser other than Safari version 5.0 or higher.

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