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Recital Theme Ideas from Your Fellow Studios ›

Posted January 4, 2018 in Dance Inspiration, Recitals, Tips and Tricks

Choosing a dance recital theme doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Set out on an inspiration adventure with our recital theme ideas below!

*This blog was updated on January 4th, 2018!*

We posted a question on our Facebook page asking about your recital themes for this year. The response was so great we’ve decided to turn it into a blog post for your future reference and inspiration – make sure you bookmark it!

If you’d like to add your theme for this year just leave us a comment!

Here is what your fellow studios are doing this year:

  • 80’s
  • A Night at the Movies
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • America’s History
  • And the Winner Is – Do a play on the Oscars, and celebrate everyone being a winner.
  • Anything Goes
  • Around the World
  • Blast from the Past – Do songs from past recitals in celebration of an anniversary.
  • Burlesque
  • Candy Land
  • Cirque de Soleil
  • Colors or Kaleidoscope – Use songs about colors.
  • Come Fly With Me – Highlight tourist spots and monuments that you visit on vacation, both man-made and natural.
  • Come Take a Sea Cruise
  • Dance for a Wish – Give a portion of your money made to Make a Wish Foundation.
  • Dance School Musical – Use songs about school days.
  • Dancepirations
  • Dancers Choice
  • Dancing in the Moonlight
  • Dance Step Repeat: Thirty Years of Artistry in Motion – Use for an anniversary show.
  • Dancing Through the Decades
  • Dancing Through the Year
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Disney or Dancing Through Disney
  • Elements
  • Ella Marie’s Magical Journey
  • Everything Old is New Again – Do an anniversary show and repeat all your favorite numbers from previous years.
  • F.A.M.E. – Use all songs by Frank Sinatra, Adele, Michael Jackson, and Elvis.
  • Fantasy
  • Fashion
  • Feelin’ Good
  • Food
  • Growing Up – Act One: Finding Nemo, Act 2: Jobs & Careers.
  • Happiness Is…
  • Hollywood Lights: Lights, Camera, Dancin’
  • Icons of Music – Use songs by Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney, Beach Boys, etc.
  • Inspiration
  • Legends, Divas, and Superstars
  • Let Freedom Ring
  • Memories & New Beginnings – Do songs from past recitals in celebration of an anniversary with a few new ones thrown in.
  • Once Upon a Time – Choose five fairy tales and dance the stories
  • On Broadway or Razzle, Dazzle, Broadway
  • One Moment in Time
  • Ooh La La, Fancy Nancy
  • Opposites
  • Peace, Love and Dance – Use all positive songs.
  • Portraits in Dance – Introduce the students to classic works of art as each of their dances is connected with one of them. Every few weeks put up a new painting in the studio with a bio on the artist and some interesting info about the painting.
  • Raising the Barre
  • Revival Under the Big Top
  • Rock This Town – Highlight businesses in the community through songs.
  • Rockin’ Across the USA
  • Seasons
  • Shirley Temple
  • Shop Around
  • Small World on Ice
  • Space Jam
  • Superheros
  • Sweet Dreams – Use songs that have to do with the night or dreams.
  • Take Me to a Show – Use songs from a show of some sort: movies, TV, Broadway, MTV, etc.
  • The ABC’s of Dance
  • The Dreams and Aspirations of Seven Siblings
  • The Six Days of Creation
  • These are a Few of our Favorite Things – Have all of your students list their top three favorite things in life and choose songs based on those things. For example, if one student’s favorite flower is a rose, do a ballet dance to “The Rose.” This is a great way to get everyone involved and learn about fellow dancers.
  • Walking the Red Carpet
  • Weather
  • Welcome to the Jungle

Want more recital tips and tricks to make this year your best performance yet? Join us for our Webinar on January, 18th 2018 and plan your best show ever!

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Make this your best performance yet!

 

3 Ways to Turn Interested Dancers Into Registered Students ›

Posted January 2, 2018 in News & Updates

Three ways to gain more registered dance students in your studio this year!

By guest blogger Suzanne Gerety of DanceStudioOwner.com

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The trouble with owning a dance studio is that students quit from year to year.

Even when you have great classes, awesome teachers, a beautiful facility, and all the other desirable traits… students lose interest. These students want to try something new – whether that is gymnastics, swimming, cheerleading or all the other possible sports or activities they can fill their schedule with – it means loss of income and enrollment numbers.

You have competition and it’s not just the dance studio across town!

As a smart and savvy studio owner, you know that you can’t just sit back and wait for the students to find you and register into your programs. You have to make it easy for new students to choose you and the process needs to be easy for them and for you.

That’s where we can help. Students will always be coming and going from a dance studio. When you understand that creating a steady stream of leads to find new students is one of the keys to your success, you may be motivated to organize your inquiries to make follow-up simple and efficient.

#1. Experience your studio through the eyes of your potential students

You’re busy! We get it. But do you know what it takes for a parent or student to go from possibly interested to registered at your studio? Determine a path that you want interested students to take in order to become registered ones. Our recommended process is simple: connect, capture information, invite, and follow up. Any Facebook ad we run, email marketing campaign, or invitation on our website directs a potential student to our try a class page.

This calls for you to create a process that allows you to easily see where you are at with potential students in their interest for your programs. We recommend you automate this process as much as possible through using your studio management software, online tracking, email marketing service, or a combination of all of these plus other tools. Keep in mind that in doing so, it will give you an opportunity to add personal touches along the way.

#2. Always be inviting

People want to feel welcome. You can do this by positioning any trial class, open house, or event at your school as something to be invited to. You can include a friendly message that lets them know how to select a class from your schedule based on their dancer’s age or experience. They complete your simple trial class inquiry form, which is connected to a web-based spreadsheet, which we set up to notify us anytime that form is completed. Use a free form creator such as Google forms or create your own web-based form that can be completed from your website.

You can also do this with MailChimp or other email service provider where this lead gets immediately added to your email list and automatically sent a welcome or message inviting them to try a class. We immediately add our trial class form inquires into our studio management software as leads, and at this point customize a pre-written email from a template with their dancer name and class they selected.

#3. Set expectations before and after you meet a potential new student

Setting expectations for everyone helps to eliminate confusion and it also provides a high level of customer services. Send potential new students a friendly welcome with a reminder about what they can expect when they come to the studio to try a class or event. Information such as where to park, what to wear, who their teacher is, and other participation details are key.

It’s your time to shine when a new student and family comes to your school! Once they experience the class or event, it’s time to invite them to register or learn more about your programs. Some studios find offering an incentive to return if they haven’t registered such as a discount on tuition for the first month or a waived registration fee. You could also thank them with a coupon toward a dancewear purchase.

Congratulations if you have an on-the-spot dancer enroll. It’s important to keep it positive and upbeat even if that student isn’t quite ready to take the next step. We recommend you create a two standard follow up emails, one that thanks them for coming and for registering and that has additional information such as an expanded schedule or tuition information with an invitation to register in the near future.

Once you have a system in place for your lead process you’ll be ready to grow enrollment easier and more steadily. Our goal is to help you keep your passion for dance alive as you grow you business.

 

Want a done-for-you new student lead process you can implement and use today?

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Our partner, DanceStudioOwner.com has an entire new student lead process you implement and modify for your studio. It’s all done for you, which means you can focus on what you do best. This information will give you everything you need to find new students and grow your enrollment throughout the season.

The content package, “New Student Lead Process Done Simply” includes three video trainings on Facebook advertising, try-a-class events, and how to use your website to best convert leads into registered students. There are three templates including a a new student inquiry procedure template for your office staff to track, a new student inquiry and trial class form you can use as a web-form or offline, plus pre-and post class email welcome and thank you scripts you can customize.

 

Get the new student lead process content package as well as the personalized support on our member only Facebook group and monthly studio business coaching and training by joining or renewing today at our Essential or Plus level membership. We look forward to helping you grow your student enrollment!

 

Want even more perks for your studio?! Join our REV PERKS program through DanceStudioOwner.com and get rewarded when you shop with Revolution Dancewear in so many ways!

 

Dance Studio Hacks: Holiday Edition Pt. 3 ›

Posted December 19, 2017 in News & Updates

 

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Dance studio hacks for the holidays that are fun to make with students!

Decorating your dance studio for the holiday season can add a twinkle of magic to the classroom. But on top of everything else you must accomplish during December, it can make decorating your studio feel less like fun, and more like a hassle. We are here to spark your inspiration with three days of dance studio holiday hacks!

Our holiday hacks are not only inspirational, they are also cheap and easy to make! PLUS, these hacks don’t require you to buy ANY new decorations! Utilize materials that are already hiding in your studio… Costumes, catalogs, hairpieces, shoes and more can create the winter wonderland of your dreams.

 

HACK #3 – The Tutu Wreath

10 minute assembly

Watch how-to video below!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

– Revolution cardboard box – one side

– Marker

– Box cutter

– Large Adult tutu

– Stapler

– Ribbon

 

HOW TO ASSEMBLE

Step 1: Draw a large circle (close to edges) on the cardboard box. Draw a small circle inside of the large circle (close to middle).

Step 2: Cut out the large circle. Then, cut out the middle of the small circle.

Step 3: Take the tutu and place on top of the cardboard cut out. Line up the waistband with the inside circle. Then, fold the ends of the tutu over the outside of the cardboard and staple down in small sections. *NOTE: Don’t pull too tight, you’ll want to have some extra material for attaching the waistband inside the middle circle.

Step 4: Once the outside of your tutu is attached to the cardboard, pull the waistband in and fold over the inside circle. Staple the waistband to the cutout in the back, so staples cannot be seen.

Step 5: Add ribbon, ornaments, or even festive hairpieces to the ornament for decoration!

VIDEO: WATCH OUR HOW-TO VIDEO!

 

Want to learn how to make a tutu tree for your dance studio this year?

DID YOU MAKE THIS HOLIDAY HACK FOR YOUR STUDIO? Share a picture with us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Dance Studio Hacks: Holiday Edition Pt. 2 ›

Posted December 18, 2017 in News & Updates

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Decorating your dance studio for the holiday season can add a twinkle of magic to the classroom. But on top of everything else you must accomplish during December, it can make decorating your studio feel less like fun, and more like a hassle. We are here to spark your inspiration with three days of dance studio holiday hacks!

Our holiday hacks are not only inspirational, they are also cheap and easy to make! PLUS, these hacks don’t require you to buy ANY new decorations! Utilize materials that are already hiding in your studio… Costumes, catalogs, hairpieces, shoes and more can create the winter wonderland of your dreams.

 

HACK #1…Paper Ornaments!

10 minute assembly

Watch how-to video below!

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

– An old Revolution catalog

– Scissors

– Hot glue gun

– Ribbon

 

HOW TO ASSEMBLE

Step 1: Choose holiday themed pages from an old catalog and rip them out.

Step 2: Cut out 16 same-size circles from the pages.

Step 3: Fold each circle in half.

Step 4: Spread hot glue on one half of a circle and stack another circle half on top of it (Note: All halves should be facing the same direction). Repeat for all circles. You should end with a stack of 16 circle cut outs glued to each other, facing the same direction in a pile.

Step 5: Cut a piece of ribbon and hot glue gun the ends together to make a loop.

Step 6: Add a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the ribbon loop, and attached to the binded side of the stack of circles.

Step 7: Open up the circle stack to make a round shape and hot glue gun the ends together.

Step 8: Hang on your tree for decorative, homemade ornaments!

VIDEO: WATCH OUR HOW-TO VIDEO!

 

Want to learn how to make more dance studio decorations? Try making a tutu tree or a tutu wreath this year!

DID YOU MAKE THIS HOLIDAY HACK FOR YOUR STUDIO? Share a picture with us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Dance Studio Hacks: Holiday Edition Pt. 1 ›

Posted December 15, 2017 in Behind the Scenes, News & Updates, Tips and Tricks

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Dance studio holiday decorations that are easy and cheap to make!

 

Decorating your dance studio for the holiday season can add a twinkle of magic to the classroom. But on top of everything else you must accomplish during December, it can make decorating your studio feel less like fun, and more like a hassle. We are here to spark your inspiration with three days of dance studio holiday hacks!

Our holiday hacks are not only inspirational, they are also cheap and easy to make! PLUS, these hacks don’t require you to buy ANY new decorations! Utilize materials that are already hiding in your studio… Costumes, catalogs, hairpieces, shoes and more can create the winter wonderland of your dreams.

 

HACK #1…THE TUTU TREE!

10 minute assembly

Watch how-to video below!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

      • A mannequin form and stand
      • 6 to 8 tutus in various sizes
      • A Revolution costume

Optional:

      • Ornaments
      • Ribbon
      • Tree lights

 

HOW TO ASSEMBLE

Step 1: Assemble the mannequin stand, but keep the mannequin form off to the side for now.

Step 2: Slide the tutus in descending order on the mannequin stand, with the largest tutu on the bottom and the smallest on the top. Take the attached hanger loops of the bottom tutu, and loop them through the loop holes of the second tutu. Repeat this for all tutus until they are all looped together in a chain.

Step 3: Dress the mannequin form in your favorite holiday themed Revolution costume. Then, attach the form to the tip top of the mannequin stand.

Step 4: Take the top tutu and dress the mannequin body with the waistband underneath the costume. You can secure with clips or safety pins. All of the looped tutus will cascade below creating a tree effect.

Step 5: Add lights, ornaments, ribbon or any other desired tree dressings.

Step 6: Place the Tutu Tree in a corner of your lobby for a festive treat that parents, teacher and kids can appreciate!

Want to learn how to make a tutu wreath for your dance studio?

VIDEO: WATCH US PUT TOGETHER A TUTU TREE!

DID YOU USE THIS HOLIDAY HACK FOR YOUR STUDIO? Share a picture with us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Six Tried and True Preschool Recital Dances ›

Posted November 22, 2017 in Recitals, Tips and Tricks

By Tiffany Henderson with Amanda Scott of Twinkle Star Dance

Let’s be frank, this time of year is hectic! Add that you’re a dance studio owner into the mix and the rush of the holidays also includes receiving and exchanging holiday show costumes, selling holiday show tickets, ordering holiday show concessions, printing holiday show programs, ordering holiday show t-shirts, organizing a holiday staff party, managing teachers and admin time off, managing subs.. the list is endless.

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In the midst of all the holiday chaos, studio owners are also hoping to get a jump on organizing our recitals for the spring. Trust me, I feel your pain! Choreography and costumes are not something that we should slack on planning and executing. In fact, recital is one of the most important studio events we manage in a season. We already talked about how successful recital performance means increased student retention for the following dance season here.

However, creating successful recitals doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel every year. In my nearly 20 years of owning dance studios, I have found expert ways to save time and still produce great shows:

1. The first is separating my preschool dancers ages 2-6 into their own 30 minute showcase and using thesame tried and true dances (link to TSD Now page).  We call them “Twinkle Star Dance Shine Showcases” and my 3,000+ dancers and their families love them!

2. The second is choosing adorable costumes that coordinate with the choreography while still being at an affordable price point.  This year, I teamed up with Revolution to highlight six recital dances (and matching costumes) I use for my 2-6 year olds with lots of success onstage.

 

Here are Six Tried and True Preschool Recital Dances:

Click on the links below to see the sample recital choreography and matching costumes

  1. Little Tap Shoes ages 2-3
  2. Baby Bumble Bee ages 2-3
  3. Baby Take a Bow ages 3-4
  4. Sound of Music ages 3-4
  5. Over the Rainbow ages 4-5
  6. New York, New York ages 4-5

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out the entire Twinkle Star Dance Now recital choreography and costume pairings here.

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Introducing Twinkle Star Dance Now – Choreography Solutions. On Demand.

With Twinkle Star Dance Now you eliminate the need to choreograph for your preschool classes and can reallocate that time to other things like studio management. The entire selection of Twinkle Star Dance Now routines are age appropriate and developed according to childhood development principles. We’ve even teamed up with REV UP Brands and carefully curated costume pairings with Revolution’s Debut Dancer collection. You also receive edited, performance-ready music.

How does it work?Your stress-free recital is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Purchase stageworthy choreography, music edits, and coordinating costume from TSD NOW and Revolution Dancewear.

2. Get access to your new TSD account to within 48 hours to unlock your age appropriate and proven recital choreography. No rush! You’ll have access for 12 months.

3. Share with instructors and watch your littlest dancers shine! Learning the dance is easy with our revolutionary video learning system.

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About Tiffany Henderson

Tiffany is the successful owner of seven Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations with over 2500 students and enrollment of over 4000. She produces four Nutcracker’s each December, a professional dance performance each year and her 300 performing company dancers participate in 4 convention competitions each season. Oh yeah, she also still teaches 15 hours a week and produces 25 annual recitals during the first two weeks of June. Tiffany is a regular guest speaker at Dance Teacher Summit, DanceLife Conference, Danceteacherweb Conference and contributor to Dance Teacher magazine, DanceStudioOwner.com and Dance Informa Magazine.

She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1973 and has had a rich and exciting career as a professional Jazz Dancer. In 1992 she was awarded a one-year scholarship to the renowned Tremaine Dance Center in Hollywood. At the completion of her scholarship she performed as the Tremaine Scholarship Show Featured Dancer. She continued her professional studies at the prestigious School of Dance at the University of Arizona, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance in 1997. Tiffany’s career highlights include: performances with Quinn/Williams Jazz at the 1995 Jazz Dance World Congress in Nagoya, Japan; the 1996 Jazz World Congress at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the opening of the International Theatre School in Amsterdam, Holland in 1997 and at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona. She was also a member of Zohar Dance Company, has performed in many industrial shows, including the Microsoft Global Summit and American Greeting Cards, and was a soloist with La JAZDANZ of Louisiana, a company she was instrumental in bringing to the Amador Theatre in Pleasanton. Tiffany is now extremely excited to share her Twinkle Star Dance™ curriculum with studio owners worldwide.

About Twinkle Star Dance

Founded by Tiffany Henderson, owner of seven Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations in California, Twinkle Star Dance is a complete toolkit for studio owners that enables them to “plug” a recreational dance program into their existing studio without increasing their workload. Our mission is to help dance studio owners re-focus their efforts on the backbone of their studio….. the recreation 2-6 year old dancers and the tricky 6-12 year old beginners.

Learn more: www.twinklestardance.com