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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most common questions that we are asked by visitors and current members. If you can't find the answer to your specific question, contact us and we'd be happy to help. We want you to have an experience that goes beyond member satisfaction, we aim for member delight!

What is DanceStudioOwner.com?

How much does it cost to become a member of Dance Studio Owner?

I'm not from the United States; can I still become a member?

Which credit cards do you accept?

Why do you need my mailing address when I am registering as a member?

I don't like to put my credit card information online, how do I know that it's safe and secure?

I'm already an experienced dance studio owner, are all the members just getting started?

My dance studio is non-traditional and we offer classes more for adults or specialty classes, you seem to focus more on performing arts, will I get anything from this site that is useful?

I'm not a studio owner yet, I'm still in the planning stages, can I be a member?

I'm concerned about my competition and want to remain anonymous. Will other studio owners know if I'm a member?

Why do you charge a membership fee for this website? Can't I just go figure this out on my own for free on the internet?

What do I need to open a dance studio? Do I need a certification or need to be a dance teacher to own a dance studio?

How much does it cost to start a dance studio or dance school?

When did the DanceStudioOwner.com site start?

What's the mission of Dance Studio Owner?

How often do you add new content?


Q: What is DanceStudioOwner.com?

A: DanceStudioOwner.com is the first site of its kind dedicated solely to the business starting, owning, and growing a successful dance studio business. We focus on the four cornerstones of a successful dance studio business: Artistic Direction, Business Management, Faculty/Staff, and Customer Service. Each cornerstone includes systems for success that come together to form your own unique experience for your students, families, and dance studio.

As dance studio owners ourselves, we know that the business of dance can be incredibly challenging. One must balance the love of dance with the hundreds of details required to run a successful studio. It is a very personal business -- dance studio ownership -- one size does not fit all.

We have the privilege of consulting with aspiring, new, and long time dance studio owners from around the world. We get to experience firsthand the ups and downs of starting, growing, adapting, changing, and succeeding in the dance business.

As a member of our site you'll get to know us personally. We are real, down to earth, people who deal with ups and downs and worries, yet with all of the non-glamorous side of things - we still hold on to our dreams. We're here to support you because we know it's never worth giving up on your dream.

We are committed to making our thirty-five years of knowledge about owning, operating, and growing a dance studio available to as many people as possible around the world. That's one of the reasons we decided to create a membership site. Our reach is greater with the technology available to us through the state of the art software that our site runs on.

Dance Studio Owner is a membership site for you to keep the passion for dance alive as you grow your business, guaranteed. We offer resources, articles, live monthly teleseminars, customizable forms, coloring pages, interviews, monthly Q & A sessions, and more to help you with the ins and outs of running a dance studio.

To get a full sense of what we offer, you have several options:

• Finish reading these frequently asked questions

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Q: How much does it cost to become a member of Dance Studio Owner?

A: We offer two choices for membership.

Annual Membership: Best value. Annual membership is $187, that's less than $16. per month for 12 full months and you'll be kept up to date with the new information added each week. To make your life as simple as possible your annual membership will automatically renew each year. However, you may cancel at any time.

Monthly Membership: Low monthly fee just $27. per month. To make your life as simple as possible your monthly membership will automatically renew each month. However, you may cancel at any time.

Subscription fees may be deductible as a business expense. Check with your tax consultant or accountant for advice on this issue. We believe that you are making a great investment into your business with your membership. Read our guarantee and know that we are 100% committed to member satisfaction and delight!

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Q: I'm not from the United States, can I still become a member?

A: Yes, definitely! Our members are from countries all over the world including, the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, and beyond. You can select your country when registering as a new member.

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Q: Which credit cards do you accept?

A: We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

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Q: Why do you need my mailing address when I am registering as a member?

A: This is a secure subscription site, communicating with our merchant account via the web, it is for verification for authorization that we need an address. This is true for any online merchant account to prevent identity theft and most of all protect you the consumer! If anyone got a hold of your credit card, they could not just shop online with your number. Our transactions are processed through Authorize.net. More than 248,000 merchants trust Authorize.Net to manage their transactions, help prevent fraud, and grow their business.

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Q: I don't like to put my credit card information online, how do I know that it's safe and secure?

A: You can be confident that our site is a safe and secure site to become a member of with your credit card. We actually do not have access to your credit card information. It is being transmitted to our merchant account through a secure connection. How secure is the encryption used by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)? The SSL is encrypted with a 128-bit key. It would take significantly longer than the age of the universe to crack a 128-bit key. You can be confident using our site!

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Q: I'm already an experienced dance studio owner, are all the members just getting started?

A: Our members include both new and experienced studio owners. We have soon-to-be and aspiring dance studio owners in the planning stages too. We also have many experienced studio owners with incredibly successful businesses who are continually looking to stay inspired, stay on the cutting edge, and network with one another. There are a variety of experts in artistic direction, business management and dance studio ownership included in our member base.

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Q: My dance studio is non-traditional and we offer classes more for adults or specialty classes, you seem to focus more on performing arts, will I get anything from this site that is useful?

A: Yes, and you'll get even more when you ask for the specific help that you need. Some of our members include studio owners who focus on Belly Dancing, Bollywood, Irish step, Nia, Acro, and offer classes in Ballroom, Pilates, Yoga, and more.

Although we draw from experience that relates back to a performing arts dance studio, we have a wonderful group of contributors who have a diverse background and experience. We also interview experts who offer tips and advice to help non-traditional dance schools and studios.

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Q: I'm not a studio owner yet, I'm still in the planning stages, can I be a member?

A: Absolutely! This is probably the BEST place for you to be if you are still in planning mode because you can fast-forward your success and learn from years of experience. Our members include both new and experienced studio owners. We have soon-to-be and aspiring dance studio owners in the planning stages too. We also have many experienced studio owners with incredibly successful businesses who are continually looking to stay inspired, stay on the cutting edge, and network with one another. There are a variety of experts in artistic direction, business management and dance studio ownership included in our member base.

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Q: I'm concerned about my competition and want to remain anonymous. Will other studio owners know if I'm a member?

A: Your membership is private and anonymous. When you join, you will be asked to create a username. This username is the only identifier and shows if you post to our discussion forum. So unless you choose something very obvious like your name or your studio name, none of the members will know who you are.

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Q: Why do you charge a membership fee for this website? Can't I just go figure this out on my own for free on the internet?

A: Can you? Probably.

Should you? It depends.

They say that 'time is money', and we believe it to be true. You can certainly click through the millions of pages online that include information on running a business, handling customer service issues, reading threads on free forums and spending countless hours trying to figure it out on your own. Or you could get access 24/7, 365 days a year to a comprehensive resource for everything you need to attract more students, find and retain top talent, inspire loyal faculty and staff and love the business of dance.

If we knew then what we know now - free forums online are fine - but the advice you find on them isn't always reliable. People still stumbling around in the dark themselves offer newcomers advice without any personal sense of responsibility, often creating more frustration for studio owners or a teacher because they cannot be sure what information has been tried, tested, and is reliable.

We have a created a place where you can save time and money with a minimal investment into your business. This unique learning environment is a place where each member can ask for advice and feedback and get it from other studio owners experiencing tangible success in their own businesses and who are willing to share how they're doing it. We have a spirit of collaboration and community; our members care enough about their business to pay to be here.

We've had the privilege to work with hundreds of dance studio owners since our inception both virtually and face to face at live events. We take care to add and update resources regularly and continue to add fresh new content every month. Want a glimpse into what you'll find in our Download Library? It is never too late to become a member -- and if you've ever had your membership expire in the past, you are always welcome back. If you're ready to become a member, here's where you get started!

Still not sure? We do have some great free information as well. If you're not on our tip of the week newsletter list, sign up now free! We send you VITAL dance studio owner tips for owning, growing, and keeping your passion for dance alive. You can read some of our sample articles and watch our 2-minute inspirational movie: http://www.5678movie.com and at the end get a free report, 'The Dance Studio Revolution: 7 Ways to Grow, Thrive, and Keep Your Passion for Dance Alive in This or Any Economy'.

You are no longer bound by the limits of your studio walls. The reach of the internet is endless; you can interact and impact people across the globe. You can learn from masters of dance education and masters of studio management at the touch of your fingers on the keyboard. This is a place where you can let go of the worry and fear of competition and focus on what's possible.

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Q: What do I need to open a dance studio? Do I need a certification or need to be a dance teacher to own a dance studio?

A: This is one of the most popular questions we get asked, or some variation of this!

Here's the honest truth. If you are thinking about opening a dance studio because you think it would be nice or easy we're here to let you know that you're thinking about the wrong business! But, it can be a very rewarding and successful business to own and operate if done in a way that incorporates the four cornerstones of a successful dance studio business: artistic direction, business management, faculty and staff, and customer service.

We also know that dance studio owners are a passionate, artistic, creative, sensitive, thoughtful, resourceful, and energetic group of people. If you have a strong vision and purpose for your dance studio business and a willingness to be coached, grow, and learn you will most likely be very successful.

It's probably going to take longer than you thought to get your dance studio business off the ground. And it will probably cost you money than you planned!

And no, on top of all of that, there are no consistent industry standards that require a certification to own and operate a dance studio. And no, you do not need to be a dance teacher to open a dance studio or dance school. However, we advise that you hire qualified dance teachers to teach your classes. There are certain types of dance offerings, specifically in ballet that require certifications to teach by those methods. Plus, there are many dance teacher training programs, certifications, and education programs that qualify and train teachers.

What you can count on from us is that we uphold high standards of business integrity, professionalism on every level, and most of all ethical business practices. We are here to provide a comprehensive resource to help you accelerate your success.

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Q: How much does it cost to start a dance studio or dance school?

A: This is another popular question that does not have an easy answer. So much of the cost associated with your studio relates to your geographic area. Will you rent or own the building for your studio? Are you in an urban, suburban, or rural area? What are the demographics like? Is the population growing or shrinking in your area?

The cost of starting a dance studio materials also vary greatly. There are many choices for flooring based on what styles of dance you will offer. Do you want portable options or semi-permanent? Ballet barres, mirrors, sound equipment, waiting room furniture, computers, office equipment, software and more. Have you created a marketing plan and set aside money for that budget?

As you can see there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. This is just a partial list! Doing your research is going to be key in setting yourself up for success.

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Q: When did the DanceStudioOwner.com site start?

A: We launched our site in May 2008.

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Q: What's the mission of Dance Studio Owner?

A: We are advocates for dance education. It's our goal to support, encourage, and provide a valuable resource for dance studio owners around the world because dance education happens within the four walls of your studio. You are the source of joy for so many and we know that the business can be challenging. You don't have to be in business by yourself to be in business for yourself. To see our purpose and passion and see a little inside our hearts you can watch the 2-minute movie we created at http://www.5678movie.com.

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Q: How often do you add new content?

We add new content in the form of articles, interviews, downloads, and more every month. The discussion forum is updated daily with posts and our forum moderators and contributors visit the site on average at least once a day, every day. Other than major holidays, our site is always being refreshed with new content. The added bonus is that you have full access to the hundreds of cumulative content on the site at any time.

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