Magazine article Dance Teacher

Summer Studio Checklist

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Summer Studio Checklist

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All year long it's about your students. Now that summer has arrived, it's time to focus on your business. Use our checklist to take inventory of your technology and equipment needs. Investing now can save you time, money and hassle in the long run.

* SOFTWARE:

Are you still running your business off spreadsheets? If so, you could greatly benefit from investing in studio management software. Maybe you do have a program, but it's a little outdated. You may be surprised at how much time and energy you can save with a new system. Many programs allow students to register and pay bills online and check in for class by swiping an ID card. Overwhelmed with recital planning? Some programs make costume sizing and ordering a breeze and prevent scheduling conflicts, so dancers have enough time to change between numbers.

* INSURANCE:

Has your enrollment grown in the past year? Regardless, it's a good idea to review the terms and limits of your general liability and workers' compensation policies. Do you need additional protection for special events and fundraisers? Make sure your coverage extends beyond the walls of your studio-accidents often happen in high-pressure situations like competitions and performances.

* MUSIC:

Tunes can make or break a class-add some variety to your library. Expand genres and try using unexpected music. It will force students to pay more attention to their musicality and may change your phrasing. And make sure you're up-to-date with your music rights memberships through ASCAP (www. …

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