Child Protection Clearances and Do You Need Them For Your Studio?

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...

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5 Love Languages and How They Can Help You Communicate More Effectively With Your Staff

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.



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DSO Connect's Favorite Things

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.  

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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...

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The Never-Ending Drama Around Placement

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...

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Are You Ready For Fall? Things To Consider Post Pandemic

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...

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Creating A Membership Site For Your Studio

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...

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Benefits Of Dance In Young Children

Why should you enroll your child in a dance class?
Dance is so much more than just a great physical activity. Dance prepares your child in so many ways. It may come as a surprise to discover how valuable an early dance education can be and how it can make an impact on the rest of your child's life.
1. They become stronger and more flexible
Any kind of physical activity helps to make your child stronger. Dance also focuses on flexibility, endurance, and overall body awareness.
2. They learn to focus on details
When your child attends dance class, over the years, they will learn to pay attention to details. Which arm is the teacher using? Where is her focus? What foot are they using? This attention to detail will carry over and your child will start to become more observant in the rest of the world.
3. Their confidence grows as well as responsibility and time
For many new dancers, the dance class is their first real classroom...
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5 Ways To Save Time In Your Weekly Schedule

save time schedule May 27, 2020
Here comes the new dance year... that means it's time to start re-evaluating your life, finances, and also your daily schedules. There is no time like the present to change up some things to save you money AND your sanity.
As a dance studio owner, our lives are busy, busy, busy, with a little bit of crazy sprinkled on top. Add in the 100+ tasks we need to accomplish to run our dance studios, and we need to find time to run our households and our families.
Do you find the daunting daily tasks hard to do? Are you playing catch up to clean your house, grocery shop, make school lunches, and be the 'taxi mom'? What about the family chef, or even finding time to do something for yourself like go shopping, get your hair or nails done, or even get a massage?
Hopefully, some of the ideas listed below will help you save time in your daily schedule and gain more time for yourself!
1. Take time to create your weekly schedule
This is a necessity so you...
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3 Secrets To Make More Money When Ordering Dance Costumes

costumes money May 27, 2020
It's that time of year again!
You stress and have nightmares about costume ordering; They won't come on time, you will receive the wrong sizes and will have to make exchanges, you forgot a costume, and now pay higher shipping. What does this mean for you?
That is something we NEVER want to do in our business, but sometimes, it seems that this happens more often then we would like.
So how do we STOP losing money, and make more of the 'Cha-ching'?
Listed below are 3 easy tips to remember and implement into your costume ordering process THIS YEAR!
This seems easy, but we all fall into the trap of not ordering on time or ordering from too many vendors and not maximizing the greatest potential discounts.
Make sure to have a task calendar and follow it faithfully! By ordering early, your guaranteed delivery, bigger discounts, and overall peace of mind.
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10 Questions To Ask Your Child After Dance Class

Uncategorized May 06, 2020
As a parent, I find it frustrating when my child participates in an activity and I ask them afterward “How was class?”,  “What did you learn?”
Their response is “I don’t know” or “Nothing”.
As a parent it makes me wonder if the activity is worth my money and if my child is actually learning anything.
Now, on the flip side as a dance teacher, I will teach an awesome class
where I see so many improvements. The children are starting to
understand the steps, follow directions, and join in when I ask questions.
I believe that they are going to go home and gush about how wonderful class was, everything they learned, and how they absolutely LOVE dance.
We as teachers have no idea that when we unleash these little dancers into
the world they will respond to their parents as if the class didn’t mean
anything or all they are doing is playing...
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