Do your instructors have child protection clearances? Does your state mandate them? Even if they don't, it's a good idea to make sure all of your staff have background checks to protect you, your business and to mitigate risk.
My studio is located in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has very strict child protection laws. Parents can't even volunteer in school without obtaining child abuse and background clearances. Other states also mandate these checks if anyone over the age of 18 is interacting with anyone under the age of 18, whether it's teaching, volunteering, and/or working.
Even if you state doesn't require these clearances, it is a good idea to make sure all of your instructors have background checks along with child abuse history clearances. This makes sure you are hiring the best possible staff for your studio and also reassures the parents that they are sending their children to a safe facility.
Because our state mandates these...
Did you ever hear of the 5 Love Languages? It's based off of the best selling book "The 5 Love Languages" By Dr. Gary Chapman. This book can help strengthen relationships with your spouse/significant other, children, employees and family.
His philosophy of the 5 Love Languages is built off of the premise that different people with different personalities express love in different ways. By understanding which love language everyone on your team reacts best with, allows you to help everyone on your team feel truly valued.
Lets look at the 5 Love Languages:
1. Words of Affirmation - This person uses words to affirm other people.
2. Acts of Service - For these people, actions speak louder than words.
3. Receiving Gifts - For some people, what makes them feel most loved is receiving a gift.
4. Quality Time- This language is all about giving the other person your attention.
5. Physical Touch - To this person, nothing speaks more appropriate touch.
Today we are going to talk about some of our favorite things. These are things we cannot live without on the daily, they help make our lives a little easier and more productive.
Robin loves her essential ginger oil that she drops into fizzy water for a mid-day pick me up or to kick start her morning. One of her favorite brands is the Doterra Ginger Essential Oil. Another product that Robin uses everyday is her Bulletproof MTC Oil that she puts into her smoothies for a mental jolt of adrenaline. This assists in her productivity for the day, giving her sustainable energy and focus.
Amanda has three favorite things. First, she cannot live without her Apple Watch. She has the freedom of seeing and responding to texts, changing her music during class and so much more and all hands free. Her second favorite...
It happens every year, despite my best efforts. I am sure it happens to you, too. I send out the dancers’ placement for the fall and inevitably, there is one parent that loses their grip on reality and shows a side of themselves that is so hideous that I wish I had never seen it!
But wait, before you assume that I just sent out placement emails all willy-nilly, throwing caution to the wind, let me take it back a step.
In January (yes JANUARY) I have 30 minute, one-on-one goals meetings with our company dancers and parent, to discuss the work the student is doing in class, whether they are on track to reach their goals, and what they can be doing to improve. I make it very clear that NOW is the time to be doing the work.
Prior to placement being released, I send a masterpiece of an email (if I may say so myself) to all the dancers, explaining that there are 3 rungs of the ladder in each class, and a dancer must achieve success on each rung before...
Our way of life has changed within a few short months. No longer can we grab a beer at a bar (depending on where we live!), go to a concert, dance at a club or even go out into public without a face mask on.
As we adapt within our personal lives to this change, we also have to think about how we are going to adapt to these changes in our business as well.
Of course we are all familiar with Zoom, by now we all have our sanitizing plan down pat, and we spent late nights deliberating the traffic flow of our studio or our policies if and when we close down again.
But what some of us haven't considered is the change in our daily tasks and all of our processes at the dance studio.
The more we look buttoned up and organized, the more our customers will believe in us and feel safe sending their kids back to the classroom. All over the country, so many parents are up in arms with the school system because they can't make a decision on a tangible...
Ever since our world went nuts in March, we have been hearing the word “pivot” again and again from our mentors. As a Dance Studio Owner, that’s a daunting prospect. I don’t want to run a business devoid of giggling children, sweaty dancers and helpful parents buzzing around. I long for the “old normal” where my building is brimming with people and our events are lively and filled with healthy sized audiences.
I started thinking about how I could balance the past with our impending future, planning the fall reopening in a safe manner, while also creating an online revenue stream that would serve as a safety net if we are forced to shut down again in the future.
I am so excited about what my team and I have been developing at our studio, and I want to share it with all of you. It involves a Kajabi Membership Site, all the info your parents would need to know to thrive in your studio, and a steady stream of money...