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Author: Becca Moore and Dani Rosenberg

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Welcome to Make Dance Fun: The podcast from Confetti on the Dance Floor that’s all about adding fun, festiveness and a little fancy to all the ins and outs of running your dance studio! In each episode, hosts Becca Moore and Dani Rosenberg share tips, tricks and tools that have helped them run a successful business for almost 3 decades! They opened their studio Rhythm Dance Center in 1993, and it has always been known for its fun atmosphere. They created Confetti on the Dance Floor in 2016 to help other dance studios grow their business by adding more fun to their dance classes! Through their blog that’s filled with studio inspiration, their fun products for dance class in the Confetti Shop, and now this podcast, they’re here to help you Make Dance Fun!
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May is the craziest time of year for dance studios! So we are sharing a few things that are motivating us to push through and make it to the finish line.1. Vacation! It's so important to take time off and do nothing dance related, even if it is a staycation! Inspiring destinations can sometimes spark creativity for your studio. Our plan is to take most of June off since we took no time off this past year+ due to Covid! We always find inspiration when traveling - whether for work or personally! For example, we spent our working Spring Break in Nashville and loved it! You may even see a fun Nashville-inspired Camp Confetti next year! It also inspired us to come up with a name for our little covered picnic area we created this season: Rhythm Ranch! Palm Springs is a favorite destination for us and it  inspired our Boho Desert Bash Camp Confetti, a few mini jazz themes and tons of decor! 2. The possibility of getting together with other teachers and studio owners again, whether it’s at a conference or doing it on our own. More Than Just Great Dancing - July 19-20 (Member Rally) and Teacher Training July 23-34Dance Teacher Web - Vegas July 23-26 (Confetti will be there)Dance Life Teacher Conference -  Connecticut - July 27- 30 (Confetti will be there)Energize - Revolution - Oct 1-3 in Chicago 3. Podcasts! Summer is a great time to catch up on podcast episodes we didn't have time to listen to throughout the season. We are currently the loving: Transform My Dance Studio podcast takeover with Kim McSwain! There are so many great ones - read through all the titles to find the one you need to hear!  Stacy Tuschle Second Life (non-dance)Amy Porterfield (non-dance)We know you guys are in the same boat we are right now and feel like you’re never going to get everything done. But, you will (and we will), and hopefully this has helped inspire you to think about the fun stuff you have coming up once the crazy is over.  Obviously, we are looking forward to seeing all our hard work come together for our shows, but you have to have something beyond that to look forward to when the crazy calms down. Put something on your calendar now and look at it every day for motivation!Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
Summer Camp Director

Summer Camp Director

2021-04-2926:33

In Episode 18, we're diving back into summer with our Summer Camp Director (and Rhythm alum and Connection Performing Company Director), Emily Salerno.Pre-Emily,  we would launch summer enrollment in Jan/Feb and then we would not plan anything else until right before camps started - staffing, planning, shopping, etc.  Now with Emily and Camp Confetti we are in a much better position!General timeline for the year: Nov: set preliminary dates (factor in key staff summer availability); Jan: assign main themes to each camp, create collateral (summer camp brochure, website) and launch registration, plan launch week theme with special discount, April: finalize teachers; May: confirm assistants, send out Camp Confetti packets for staff to review/plan; June: order/purchase supplies. Organizational Tools: Google Docs. Forms, Calendar & Sheets; Dropbox to hold all Camp Confetti in one place for all the teachers, Twirl to Go!Canva - advertising/marketing/graphics - summer packet (5-6 page packet with dates, cost, times, etc.) and smaller 1-page flyer. Tip: Added a QR code linked to our packet so parents could scan it from our door and access out packet. Camp Prep Process: May: reminders, plan and shop for the camps that start early summer; send themes to the camp leads so they can shop for their own items; 2 weeks before camp: create day to day camp breakdown - schedule for each day, activities, crafts; One week prior: craft shopping for next week's camp, staff reminders, hours required- assistants required to stay to help set up crafts for next day craft prep. Friday before camp starts, breakdown decor and set up for next week camp. Camp Confetti Invitation Printing Hack: Avery Shipping Labels - 4 to a page. The stickers make it easier for preschoolers to stick instead of glue.  Parent Communications: Wed-Fri week before camp begins - schedule, what to wear, location, showcase time; additional reminders daily for what to wear/bring.Tip: Keep summer camp fun - dancers don't have to be perfect - they are coming off their recital, keep it fun and look at it as marketing for your studio. If you are not in a position to hire a director, take a few of these tips and delegate some of the tasks to open up time for you to focus on other things or maybe even take a little time off. Start somewhere, start small and build on that position as you can!Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
In Episode 17,  we're sharing 5 ways to add FUN to the last several weeks of your dance season.Share the Love! Get your dancers sharing their love for your studio as the season comes to an end.  Create a fun coloring page with your studio logo and email it to every dancer to color/decorate as the wish. Have them take a photo in their recital costume holding the sign and post/tag you on social media. You can then share it and share studio love! NOTE: Canva Font referenced in this section: RIG SOLID BOLD HALFTO. WOW your dancers with our WOW Cards! Dancers of all ages love to be  rewarded for their hard work! A perfect way to do that is to give each of them a WOW Card - our colorful and fun tiny compliment cards that come in a box of 500 (we have 2 versions)! They are appropriate for all ages and include 25 each of 20 different designs! You can attach them to candy, stickers or certificates (Twirl customers!) or goodie bags to hand out in short ceremony at the end of your last class, leaving everyone feeling proud and happy! Check out #wowcarded to see how studios are using them! Camp Confetti! While these fun downloads are designed for a 3-5 day camp session, you can use them so many ways: A short, free summer camp demonstration using one of the activities/games; a mini-mester, extra sessions during breaks and more!Themed Registration Launch Week! Plan a launch for when your schedule and registration go live. Offer discounts/incentives to those who sign up during this week, give away a branded gift to the first X# students, hold drawings for free costumes, one month tuition credits, and even offer one grand prize of a free year of dance.  Another fun prize is to select a few students at random to be used in a photo shoot over the summer to promote your fall classes! Kids love a photo shoot and obviously would love to be featured in photos! Use these photos to promote your fall classes in flyers, on your website and on social media! It’s a win win! You could hold a themed event (outside if you aren’t back in the studio) using one of our Twirl to Go downloads to hold short preview classes on a Saturday! The point is to offer something that is fun and engaging as a short preview on your registration week to get dancers in the studio! Company Awards/Party! We host a big party for our company dancers to celebrate their accomplishments for the year. Each dancer receives a specific award tied to a fun t-shirt. We create custom laminated bag tags with their name and award. The award names are always in the theme of the show! Ex: Everlasting Gobstopper for our Wonka themed show for the dancer who has non-stop energy, Fizzy Lifting Leaps for the dancer who has great jumps.   Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
Recital Fun Part 3

Recital Fun Part 3

2021-04-1527:06

In Episode 16, we're back with Part 3 of our Recital Fun series talking about how we finalize our year-end show plans and communicate to our customers. Spring Break Planning Week: We've use Spring Break to finish up major show planning because we don’t have our usual day to day to deal with. We go somewhere fun and are very productive! Our typical solid "formula" doesn't quite work under covid, so this year takes a lot of extra planning. We bring one or two staff members along and focus on our packet, graphics, decor and more.Year-End Show Packet: This 15-20 page packet holds ALL the details of our year-end show for our families in an easy to digest Q& A format, filled with colorful images and graphics to draw the reader in. We create a chart that includes each class, day & time, routine title, date and time of show, day and time of dress rehearsal, hairstyle, and shoes/tights/ leggings/accessories or any other accessories. We also include the running order of each show. We also hold several meetings to review all the details with parents in person or virtually and create short videos they can watch on our IGTV. Designing Final Graphics for the Show: We create logos and artwork that we use in all our materials. We start by sketching out our ideas and sending to our graphic designer to execute along with a project list and due dates. Check out #rhythmfrozen to see how we've started branding the show, building excitement and keeping our clients updated!Orders/Renaming Routines: This big task creates a flow that tells the story.  We create fun names for each of the dances (including company dances) in line with the theme, like Elsa’s Fancy Ice Capades, Olaf’s Snowy Shuffle, Ice Ice Rhythm, and Let it Glow! Character Involvement: Our characters are members of our Senior performing company and they play a large role in several of our pieces! They will be coming into the classes over the next few weeks to learn their parts. This is always something that adds a ton of fun to the routines, and the little ones are beyond excited to have Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven in their dances! Finalizing Sets/Props: Our next big task is figuring out props and set building.  We use makeshift props in most classes until the real props are ready. Our creative and talented staff get super crafty and help us create all our sets. Tech Week: We usually hold a “tech week” at the studio and rent pipe and drape, cover the mirrors and have each class come into our big studio and run their dance for us. We take notes, determine lighting, review character involvement and props and just confirm we understand what is going on in each dance.  This year, our tech week will actually be our dress rehearsal so we will go full out and have a backdrop and photo ops and more for dancers. We hope you’ll be able to use some of these ideas to help you in the final stages of your show planning and they will hopefully make things easier for you and your customers.  Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
In Episode 15, our Studio Owner BFF Christy Curtis, owner of CC&Co Dance Complex in Raleigh, NC, is with us, and we're sharing a little about her, our friendship and how she inspires and motivates us! Christy has trained some of the most incredible dancers and choreographers: Martha Nichols, Ariana Dubose, Kirsten Russell, Sarah Pippin and Jake Tribus to name a few! She is so well respected in our industry for her energetic and outgoing personality as well as her passion, grit and true love of dance! We met on a Break The Floor teacher retreat in Hawaii and quickly our studios were similar size and mindsets with many of the same issues and goals for studio growth! Over the years, our friendships and our businesses have grown, changed and leveled up! We leaned on each other greatly during covid. We are always learning, educating ourselves and wanting to make all aspects of our businesses stronger! We continually motivate and inspire each other! We discuss the Darren Hardy podcast and how Christy starts her day with the Darren Daily. Christy discussed how she motivates her team, especially the past year during covid.  ID staff strengths and lean into their high achieving abilities Vulnerability - there is a lot I don’t know and I share that oftenTrust staff and let them co create and own their project Lots of Instagram shares, staff weekly update through MailChimp, live resources document, SLACK channel, gratitude channel, teacher training and get togethersWe love how quickly and efficiently Christy makes decisions and takes action. She shares that it goes along with trust and that she will move quickly if she believes in the person, product or idea.  She also gets bored easily so loves to try new things, is OK if something doesn't work out, and always thinking ahead. She discusses using assistants to keep her organized so she can stay on task, even though it is hard!To stay motivated, she loves talking with her dance friends, learning new ways to operate, joining like-minded, high level achiever groups: MTJGD, DH Hero Journey, The Locality (locally in Raleigh), podcasts on every morning, finding time to get away, travel, music, clothes, art scene.  She has had an executive coach for 7 years, always working on weaknesses. We talk about our get togethers/trips/zoom calls and phone check ins. To learn more about Christy, check out the Confetti Conversation we had with her a couple years ago on our blog. Christy is such a great friend and inspiring human, and she motivates and inspires us daily! So, take our advice (and Darren Hardy’s) and FIND AND HANG OUT WITH AWESOME PEOPLE! Remember….Dance Friends are the Best Friends!Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
Recital Fun - Part 2

Recital Fun - Part 2

2021-04-0138:32

In episode 14, we are back with Part 2 of our Recital Fun podcast and discuss ordering costumes, announcing our  characters, props, production value, and our opening number! Ordering Costumes: We review catalogs and decide on all costumes at recital retreat with our key staff. Once a costume is confirmed, we add the details such as catalog, wholesale cost, color and accessories into our master spreadsheet so it’s easily accessible when it’s time to actually place the order. If we can't find the perfect costume, we improvise by creating some of our own things and mixing with pieces from a catalog. Announcing Characters: We use our Edge Performing Company dancers for characters as they already perform in every show! We usually choose graduating seniors as main characters and then they are also included in many of the preschool productions. We announce the characters on Instagram just like our show, and the kids start asking us about who the characters are right after we post the show! It creates lots of fun anticipation about the show! Once announced, we use them to promote the show. We also have a fun tradition of creating big posters of the characters that we use as decor at the show. Then, these posters hang in the studio as fun memory for everyone! Props & Production Value: We call all our preschool class dances preschool productions. We create an experience for the kids and audience that feels like a 3-4 minute show within itself. This creates a memorable WOW factor and prompts many to register for next season right after the show. Take basic props a step further. EX: We bought a small electric kids' toy Ford F150 a few years ago and covered it in colorful duct tape to coordinate with our theme and had an older dancer drive it onto the stage in the middle of one of the preschool productions hauling giant piece of wrapped "candy" for kids to grab.  Create fun background sets with a cut-out for dancers to walk through. EX: giant gum ball machine with a slide in the middle. When the kids slid down onto the stage, it looked like they were little gum balls coming out of the machine. Incorporate characters into the dance! Creating the Opening Number: This is a "combo" routine of all 4 of our Edge companies and is one of our favorite things! We are the producers and create the idea, music, costuming and direct it all, but we have the Rhythm faculty and sometimes a guest contribute to the process! It's an amazing way to open our show as it is big, fun and VERY entertaining! We also compete it. The main characters have different costumes and then an separate costume for each company. This is the first year that we have divided up our companies due to covid. We did a Teen/Senior one that will open our show anda mini/junior one the teen senior one that will close act 1. Episode 15 will include a special fun guest, and then for Episode 16 we will be back with part 3 of Recital Fun where we will dive deeper into our spring break planning week and all the final to-dos on our list. Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
Recital Fun - Part 1

Recital Fun - Part 1

2021-03-2536:09

In Episode 13, we are talking all things recital! In Part 1 of 3,  we cover choosing a location and a theme, announcing your show and our recital retreat!Location of show: In normal years, our is theater booked a year in advance. In pandemic times, we have to flex! Due to restrictions at our theater, we had to find a new space for this year: a large convention space at a cool hotel near our studio! We are excited but overwhelmed with the work and creativity required since it is not a theater. We will build out a full stage, wings, dressing space and bring in a production company for lighting and sound.Choosing a Theme: We start this process early in the season and announce in the Fall. We create a brand around the theme and use it all year to build anticipation! Story driven themes work best for us...if preschoolers AND dads know the storyline and characters, it's much easier!Once the theme is confirmed, the brainstorming and research begins BEFORE we announce the show: watch the movie, take notes, discuss what parts/characters/concepts would be best for specific classes, purchase books, scour Pinterest and more BEFORE we announce the show. We take this process very seriously and continues throughout season until we make it to the stage! Announcing the Show: We make this a really big deal! Our entire studio family gets VERY invested in the theme and announcement day. We reveal on Instagram and drop hints for a few days leading up to it in our stories and posts. These are some of our most engaging posts of the year! We have a show logo and fun announcement ready to go as soon as we announce!Recital Retreat: This planning retreat with key staff is one of our favorite and most productive things we do all year! We rent a cabin, work around the clock for 3-4 days and plan our entire show. We also work hard to make the weekend fun! As the studio owners, we arrive a day early to set up, buy food (and drinks!), decorate in our theme and assemble goodie bags for everyone! We all watch the movie together and shout out ideas (both good and bad)! You can recreate this concept on a smaller budget, too!Our task list is crazy, but the most important part: We outline every major task on a poster hanging prominently in our cabin, and we don't leave until it’s all completed! Our most critical tasks include assigning  classes to shows, themes and music for all routines, choosing costumes, editing music, dress rehearsal schedule and identifying props and backdrops. We create a master spreadsheet to store all our decisions in Google Sheets, as multiple people can edit at the same time. We will reference this spreadsheet throughout entire season and it becomes our tech sheet, check list, and so much more! On next week's episode we will continue this conversation and talk about ordering costumes, announcing our characters, creating our opening number and our props and sets and preschool productions! Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
Q&A with Becca & Dani

Q&A with Becca & Dani

2021-03-1824:07

In Episode 12, we are answering recent questions you've sent that we hope are fun and beneficial for everyone! Do you design a new step and repeat for all your events? No, but we do create a step and repeat each year in the theme of our year-end show in addition to our Rhythm-branded ones. We also recommend retractable banners. We design these along with our graphic designer, and use our local printer to produce them. We prefer the fabric ones over vinyl.  How do you store and organize preschool props? We invested in big white double-door cabinets for each preschool dance room and styled them super cute. They are a challenge to keep organized over time but our preschool teachers are committed to putting things back where they belong after each class. At the beginning of the new season, we go through everything and donate, toss and replenish where necessary. Check out this blog post! How do you run your Twirl program and how often do you hold Twirl weeks?Twirl is our fun preschool program: Learn more here! It is not a curriculum, but a fun supplement that adds a fun dance party each month in class! Our preschool team plans our Twirl calendar at the beginning of season. We use Mailchimp to communicate the dates, themes, reminders and recaps (including photos taken from each class during Twirl week). Check out #rhythmtwirl!  Do you list invitation-only classes publicly on your schedule? Yes and we note they are invitation only. We have a full description of each class type to educate our customers on what we offer. Advertising them sparks interest to learn more. We are transparent with our process for selecting dancers and encourage them to work hard if they are interested. How often do you meet with your team?We meet every Monday with our key staff, including company directors, studio manager, convention/comp registration manager and COO/HR - Shelley (who also runs Confetti!) This meeting often leads to additional one-off meetings. We communicate regularly with our full staff through Basecamp , and we hold several full staff meetings per year either in person or on Zoom. You’ve been advertising your Frozen recital, what you will be doing this year?We made the decision in the fall to hold a year-end show of some form and were confident in getting our families excited about it, even without confirmed details. We were hopeful to use our new local theatre, but created multiple alternate plans. We reached out early to several hotels/convention spaces and found an awesome venue near the studio. We put it on hold and this week, we made it all official and shared the exciting news with our whole studio. The feedback has been amazing, and everyone is so excited we can safely hold our fun shows! Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
Photo Shoot Fun!

Photo Shoot Fun!

2021-03-1127:55

In Episode 11, we are sharing our go-to fun photo shoot tips and resources! Models: Use your own dancers, be diverse in age, ethnicity and dance strengths. Communicate clearly what to bring/wear, obtain a signed photo release. Play music, guide their poses, be patient and explain exactly what you want in the shot. Throw confetti!Photographer: Go professional, do it with your iPhone or barter with a parent! Backdrops: Simple clean solid color wall, brick wall, colorful seamless photo backdrop paper, cool walls or fun murals or create your own backdrop based on your theme.Lighting: Shoot outside or near a large window with light coming in behind camera, use your own lights and/or use apps to edit your photos for brightness. Styling:  Accumulate a collection of clothes and accessories  in all sizes and styles, including repurposed costumes. Ask models to bring an old costume or attire that fits theme. Use handheld props and lots of accessories!Seamless Backdrop Photo Paper Hang on a photo backdrop stand or use duct tape and tape to the wall. Atlanta Area: Professional Photo Resources (PPR) -  9ft (107” x 36”). Favorite colors: Sky Blue, Apple, Aspen, Orange, Carnation Pink, Mardi Gras, Thistle, Arctic White. Elsewhere: check with your local photo supply store for photo backdrop paperOnline supplier: we have used Backdrops Express and had a great experiencePhoto Shoot DecorOh Happy Day Party ShopHobby Lobby,  JoAnn, Michael’s Party City Blick Oriental TradingVintage StoresBackdrop Ideas: Splatter paint, honeycombs, pinwheels, layered metallic fringe streamer curtains, balloon garlands and wrapping paperApps for Photo Editing: SnapSeed, ColorStory , Canva, iPhone editing/filters. Listen to Episode 7 - Making it hAPPen for more of our favorite editing apps! General Inspo: Pinterest, Instagram; Take photos of things you love for 30 days in a row. What is a common denominator? That is your inspiration for what you are doing next! Studio DIY,  Oh Joy, Sugar & Cloth  - great blogs and photo shoot ideas! Make sure to find YOU in all this inspiration. Don’t just copy other accounts. Now, go create a fun photoshoot with your dancers at your studio! Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
In episode 10, we're helping you connect the dots of all aspects of your business to help you build a stronger dance studio brand. Your brand is the meaning that people attach to your product or service. You do not get to define this, your customers do! Just like a simple connect-the-dots activity, the only way you can fully recognize the image (your brand) is to make sure all the dots are connected: website, social media, physical location, performances, competitions/conventions, costuming, studio decor, logo wear, advertising, your team, etc. Logo: Your logo is a big part of your brand identity, so make sure it represents your studio well! Know when it is time to update it! Keep it simple enough so you can adapt it to fit a theme. We recommend working with a professional graphic designer. Physical Studio: As soon as you walk into Rhythm, you know that our vibe is fun and colorful, from fun wallpaper, colorful decor, bright lighting and our ever-changing Rhythm Fun Wall. Make sure people feel your brand inside your studio too!Website: From the wording (be authentic, match your brand tone and use your own voice, not someone elses) to the colors to the photographs, these are all part of connecting the dots to complete your studio image! You will need to invest money and time consistently. They are HARD to keep updated, but it's important to remember that you can’t just create it and forget about it. Keep the look and feel up to date with your studio brand!Events: Make sure your customers/prospects can easily recognize you/your brand at offsite events. Branded signage is very important! Have your staff wearing latest logo wear, offer goody bags to attendees with studio info and branded items. Small details go a long way! Social Media: Social media is an easy way to establish your brand identity. If you are doing your own, it creates immediate authenticity. If you have help, make sure you communicate clearly your brand voice, colors, vibe and mirrors all the other aspects of your business. Post more photos and less graphics, and create exclusive hashtags that match your brand and engage your audience. Communications: Keep all your communications branded, from emails, newsletters, signage, etc. Include your logo and an eye-catching image, pay attention to color scheme, use exciting language and a compelling subject line. Recital: We brand our recital at the beginning of our season, create a logo and a hashtag, and it becomes an extension of our Rhythm brand. When we announce our theme on social media it is our most commented and liked post of the year! We continue our branded theme to promote and decorate for every holiday, launch our summer programs, etc. We hope this gives you inspiration and motivation to connect your branding dots! Think about all the “dots” in your studio, and do a check up on each to see how you can make them more cohesive to your brand! Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
In Episode 9, we're sharing our go-to simple crafts that add fun and color to decor, props and events. And, we hope to inspire you to up your crafting game at your studio!We create so many of our own backdrops, props, small, Twirl preschool crafts, and costumes! Check out #rhythmcraftcenter for fun photos.  We also created this graphic with images of each item we discuss! 1. Cardboard Letters & Numbers:  We purchase them at Hobby Lobby, but you can find them at most craft stores. We like the 18" letters, but the 8" ones are fun, too. We used them for a staff photo shoot by spray-painting the each letter of RHYTHM a different color, covered in spray adhesive and sprinkled glitter all over them. Since then, we’ve used these for almost every photo shoot and/or event by painting, covering them with Duck Tape and other craft supplies! 2. Pom Pom Balls: We LOVE pom poms! We have hot glued them on most everything : photo props, costumes, stage props, the cardboard letters and more! You can also purchase pom pom garlands or create your own to use as decor or in a photo shoot!   3. Felt Fabric: We use felt fabric to make capes, wings, ponchos, mermaid fins, skirts, little fanny packs, purses, bags, and so much more. Our November #FunConfettiMood blog post included a really cute pink A-Frame Cabin made out of felt! 4. Duck Tape: There are so many colors, fun prints and themes of this tape, available at craft and hardware stores. We prefer this over painting things sometimes as it creates a super saturated color, and you can make straight lines pretty easily too! We use it to cover cardboard letters, styrofoam floral wreaths, canes and even an electric truck we used for a stage prop!  5. Glitter Paper Mosaic: This tip will make your stage props shine super bright! Use glitter foam sheets or card stock and cut it into random shapes. Then hot glue them onto your surface to create a mosaic look. You can use multi-colored paper for a stained glass effect or different shades of the same color to create a water or sky effect. The next time you are at a craft store, pick up some of these supplies and create something colorful and fun to use in your studio! And, if you use any of these ideas to create some fun, share with us!Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
In Episode 8, we're giving you 10 things you can do right now in studio to make dance fun!1. Make a playlist that defines your studio and share it with all your students. Spotify is great! Check out our Confetti Spotify Playlists while you're at it! 2. Do a quick makeover in a space or two in your studio and make it look extra cute!3. Host a parent appreciation station! If your lobby is closed right now, think outside the box!4.  Hold a fun photo shoot using your own dancers! We do do this often with dancers from our studio, and they love it!  5. Hold a contest or plan a special fun event related to your year-end show theme – as big or small as you want.6.  Send your dance studio BFFs a pizza or some cupcakes!7.  Launch confetti during class or during a performance. SO MUCH FUN!8. Create a fun bulletin board for dancers to write their favorite dance memory!9.  Teach choreography from your favorite throwback music video!10. Use one of our FUN Products in Dance Class! We're all about making dance fun and we have a few fun products that make it easy!WOW Cards - Hand out these tiny compliment cards in class when students have a WOW moment, attach to gift for a teacher, or send home to a parent who helped you in some way! We have 2 different versions available and they are one of our most popular products! 567cre8 Cards - This is a a lively improv inspiration card game to inspire fun kids to create cool dance moves. They add fun + creativity to any dance class! With 50 fun inspiration cards and two wild cards, dancers can express themselves through their own interpretation of the cards! We have two versions and both include an extra card with EIGHT ideas of how you can use these cards in class! Once you start using them, you'll come up with tons of creative variations of your own!Elementary version: Each card includes one image and three descriptive words for that image to help guide the dancers. Teen version: More challenging as each card only includes one word to describe a more abstract image, leaving more room for interpretation. These work great for improv sessions!CAMP CONFETTI - We have 26 Summer Dance FunPack themes that plan your entire summer camp for you! Each one includes a camp theme, dance activities, crafts, social media image and marketing language, dance combos and much more! You can offer them year after year and even use some of the activities during the season! Check out this blog post for even more detail on Camp Confetti!Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
In Episode 7, we're sharing our go-to apps for social media and productivity!Canva: We prefer the user-friendly desktop version to create flyers, newsletters, presentations, postcards, etc. We use the paid Team version to share and make edits. You can also print directly from Canva (shipped to you), post direct to social channels, share to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Pic Collage: Create a photo collage from many options and sizes. We recommend the paid VIP version! Bloom symPOSYum includes a tutorial for this app!Basecamp: Create a specific Basecamp to manage any event/project you have, assign tasks with deadlines, share files, message teams and more. Over: Great fonts, templates and graphics to use for video, Facebook cover photos, business cards, etc. Dropbox:  We use for file sharing, storage, music and media management, to organize/share our recital/competition music, rehearsal videos, downloads for our customers and more!Rhonna Designs: Use it to add graphics and texts to posts and pics, create quotes, flyers, calendars, create insta-story graphics and more. Planoly: Visually plan and schedule your instagram content in advance!Snapseed and Color Story: Photo editing apps for enhancing your photos to correct lighting, shadows, saturation, etc. Google Drive: View and manage Google docs, sheets and forms. InShot: User-friendly app to create and edit videos with filters, easy transitions, effects, backgrounds, music, stickers, text and more. Pinterest: We use for almost every project/event, creating boards for costume design/ideas, collecting inspo for decor, props, crafts, etc. Check out our February MOOD boards!iwatermark: For batching your logos on photos. Word Swag: Use to create quote posts, class announcements, etc. It is very quick and easy to make text look professional quickly! Magisto: Creates fun videos for you!Hyperlapse: Use to speed up a video. KiraKira: One word...sparkle!Start by experimenting with a few of these! And, share your favorite apps with us, too! Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti CircleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook GroupFollow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
In Episode 6, we're throwing kindness around like confetti! With the craziness of the past year, being motivated and staying positive is more important than ever! We've had some tough days but, ultimately,  we are optimists who look for the bright spots!We have been so inspired by our peers, friends and leaders in our industry and are sharing a few things we hope encourage you to focus on the positive things in your dance life! Celebrate the small successes and little things that make you happy! Here's our list: Farmgirl Flowers: The owner is super inspiring and her flowers are amazing! Ruthie: Dani's tiny 7-pound dog is a source of joy through all the crazy. New Space: Becca recently moved and it's made a huge difference! Ability to work from home: We learned we can be productive from home while enjoying our actual homes! Treat People With Kindness: This Harry Styles video and lyrics is so inspiring!Challenge: Write down some things that are making you happy lately and celebrate them! Three things that have helped us as studio owners:1. Misty Lown: More that Just Great Dancing and Studio Owner UniversitySuch a leader in our industry! She produced two amazing issues of Insight Magazine! It feels like a mini dance teacher conference in a magazine! Check out - Start Strong and look for our 2-page ad with a QR code for a free download. We are attending Studio Owner University Virtual Feb 8-11 as studio owners and, Confetti on the Dance Floor will be a vendor at the event! If you are attending, schedule an appointment to meet with Shelley about our products and show specials!2. Studio Owner Friends: We are fortunate to have several close studio owner friends we communicate with regularly. Through text chats, zoom meetings and happy hours, they brought us a sense of relief, confidence and reassurance during this crazy time. Also, both Clint Salter and Dance Studio Owner Facebook groups continue to be amazing places to connect and get advice from other studio owners. You can also join our Facebook group for free! 3. The Mind Juice Podcast: This is our friend and fellow studio owner Jen Jarnot's podcast! It's great motivation for dancers, studio owners, teachers and parents! Challenge: Reach out to someone who has inspired you and let them know!Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We'd also love for you to share our podcast on social media! Tag us and we'll repost! Join our (FREE) Confetti Circle:Request to join our private (and FREE) Facebook Group: Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
Summer Fun - Part 2

Summer Fun - Part 2

2021-01-2743:04

In Episode 5, we're sharing 3 ways to boost summers at your dance studio! These have helped us have successful summer months at Rhythm, and we hope they help you, too! 1. Offer an invitation only program that requires a summer camp in order for dancers to participate. Separate from performing companies but serve as stepping stoneNo additional requirements beyond mandatory summer campOurs do two recital dances, get an embellished costume and attend one competitionDesignate directors who are enthusiastic, understand your studio's mission and can help the students thrive. Start small and watch it grow!2. Offer multiple summer dance options! Virtual: Offer a completely virtual camp or a hybrid option that provides a fun experience to keep them engaged! Check out our Vibrant Virtual Dance Parties for ideas!Dance & Play Parties: Two-hour dance parties with a fun theme! We use our Twirl to Go or Camp Confetti themes. Coordinate a theme around a camp you're already hosting to save time on decor, etc. Invite an older company dancer to dress up as a character and offer a quick photo op. Open Classes: Intermediate/advanced drop-in classes. Offer a class card discount and incentives if they take a certain number of classes. Camp Confetti:  3- and 5-day camp options from various Camp Confetti themes for both preschool and elementary.Camp Rhythm:  Very popular musical theatre camp that is always in the theme of our year-end show.Others: Private lessons, day camps, workshops for a specific style 3. Hire a Summer Camp Director to plan, organize, staff and promote it. Trust us!More information on the Summer Launch we referenced in Ep 4:“Into the SUNknown” launch week theme to play off our recital themeHolding in our new outdoor space. Anna and Elsa will do a quick performance, photo op and hand out stickers/treats.We're creating a QR code that links to our Summer pageReminder that our NEW Camp Confetti themes are available for presale! Take advantage of our launch specials: $200 each (ends March 26) or the Bundle special of all 4 new themes at $175 each (ends Feb 1). Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We'll share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We would also love for you to share on social media that you listened to our podcast! Tag us and we will repost! We love socializing! Join our (FREE) Confetti Circle: https://confettionthedancefloor.com/pages/confetti-circleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/387508401945315Follow us on social media!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confettionthedancefloor/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confettionthedancefloorPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/confettiontheda/_saved/
Summer Fun - Part 1

Summer Fun - Part 1

2021-01-2029:48

In Episode 4, we're sharing a tips for having a successful summer at your dance studio and answering your top questions about Camp Confetti!  Three things we do at our studio every January and February to make our summer dance camps as successful as possible:Schedule your dates! We plan our company summer intensives in the fall and get those on the calendar first. In January, we  plan which weeks will work for Camp Confetti, Dance n Play Parties, etc.Announce the dates! We announce our non-company summer dates in January! We then send out a simple save-the-date flyer and promote on social media. Summer Dance Camp Launch Week! We host a fun summer launch week in February to bring awareness that registration is open. We create a theme, encourage dancers to dress in summer attire, offer discounts and give out a fun treat! Camp ConfettiIntroduced in 2017 with 8 themes, we now offer 26 different themes  (14 Preschool and 12 Elementary)!Camp Confetti Summer Dance FunPacks are digital downloads that your theme, storyline, camp description, social images, combo videos, dance activities, a dance game, music suggestions, crafts,  certificates, decor ideas and more! They can be easily converted into a virtual camp if needed.We design the camps to fill a 5-day period for 2-3 hours each day,  but they can easily be adapted to fit a 3-day camp format or any other format. It's up to you with what you decide to cut out!We provide you with tools you need to market your camps: logo, social image and description. Our FOUR new fun themes:Dance PAWty with My PetThe Snowflake Spectacular: A Frozen AdventureThe Big Time: Your Name in Lights!  Peace, Love and Remix: That 70s Dance CampThe new camps are $200 each through March 26th (normally $225)! And our Bundle special (best deal) includes all 4 new themes at $175 each through Feb. 1!Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We will share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We would also love for you to share on social media that you listened to our podcast! Tag us and we will repost! We love socializing, and we have so many ways to interact! Join our (FREE) Confetti Circle: https://confettionthedancefloor.com/pages/confetti-circleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/387508401945315Follow us on social media!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confettionthedancefloor/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confettionthedancefloorPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/confettiontheda/_saved/
Our Creative Process

Our Creative Process

2021-01-1335:34

In Episode 3, we are sharing a behind-the-scenes look at our creative process! We find inspiration from travel, shopping, fashion, magazines, fabric, colors, nature, Pinterest, books, movies, and more! Our ideas for everything are born from this inspiration!Performing Company Costumes: We are very inspired by fashion and trends. We use Pinterest to organize our inspo, and take ideas from different parts of dresses or outfits we've pinned to sketch out a costume design.  Our seamstress creates a sample that we tweak it until it works, and then embellish it with rhinestones, appliques, pom poms, patches,  and more. To learn all our costume designing secrets, check out Fabric Shopping in NYC: A Complete Guide for Designing Custom Costumes where we share ALL we know about creating and designing costumes! Events:  Here's a look at 3 different events and how we got our inspiration!Open House: We look at what is going on in pop culture, specifically with kids!Themed classes or camps: We survey different age groups and ask about their current favorite TV shows, songs, toy, activities, etc.  Confetti Bloom Symposyum - We were really into flowers when planning this virtual event, so we took that as a sign for our theme.  We made a long list of every type of flower, word and pun and came up with the name and fun ways to incorporate flowers into every aspect of the presentation.Competition/Recital Routines: Combine a few things that don’t necessarily go together, but try to mash them up in some way, like mermaids and NYC...the beach and candy...disco and flowers...snow and tigers. Be different by going off the beaten path and challenging yourself to more than the go-to mix of standard songs or that latest popular song. Recital Themes: We look at the overall vibe of the show or movie that we are considering.  Is it colorful and cheerful or darker? Does it have a good mix of both to keep the younger and older dancers excited and engaged? What is the soundtrack like and are there enough concepts within that theme to create multiple routines for all ages and levels? Who are the characters, how many are there and what are their personalities? Once the theme is determined, it inspires our studio decor, marketing, summer camps and more for the whole year. We hope this has given you a little insight into our creative process and some inspiration to help YOU be creative! Subscribe & ShareYou are officially invited to subscribe to our podcast, and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review! We will share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We would also love for you to share on social media that you listened to our podcast! Tag us and we will repost! We love socializing, and we have so many ways to interact! Join our (FREE) Confetti Circle: https://confettionthedancefloor.com/pages/confetti-circleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/387508401945315Follow us on social media!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confettionthedancefloor/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confettionthedancefloorPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/confettiontheda/_saved/
Focused on Fun

Focused on Fun

2021-01-0626:51

In Episode 2, we are talking all about our Fun Confetti Mood for January: FOCUSED ON FUN! At the beginning of a new year, it is natural to want to recharge, start fresh, get organized and focused for the new year. So, we want to do those things, but add some fun to them!A Spotify Playlist that's only Focused on FUN!To help you get into our Focused on Fun Confetti Mood, we've curated a playlist that's sure to be FUN! In fact, we made a point to only include songs with the word FUN in the title, so it's kind of a guarantee! You can play them in your dance classes or just listen anytime when you want to add some fun to your day! While you are there, check out the playlists from all our previous Fun Confetti MOOD posts, too!Link to our Focused on Fun Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ckKF00Q1u8hRSaMaqhHXeFocused on Fun-spirationFor each Fun Confetti Mood post, we create a Pinterest Board to go along with our Mood! From words of encouragement and fun apparel to decor ideas, dance activities and more, you can find lots of fun on our Pinterest boards! Challenge: We encourage you to create a mood board that is only focused on fun! You can use our Pinterest board and blog post to inspire or motivate you (the super colorful and fun mood shelf we created in our studio using all things we already had)! Link to Pinterest Board: https://pin.it/2Me7eDnFocusing on Fun GoalsWe want to strive to figure out a way to stay positive, especially given the climate we are in right now. January is typically a time for setting long term goals for the whole year but maybe that's not really doable right now. Instead, create smaller short term goals that are realistically achievable. How can you add fun to your studio THIS week? What steps can you take to find a more fun and positive outlook on the obstacles you might be facing as a small business owner? Here are a few examples of how we are taking some of the some things that need to get done at our studio, but focusing on them from a fun perspective.1. Building our boys program/marketing2. Creating a costume look book to share on zoom and our website since parents cannot come into the studio for an in-person reveal.3. Creating a fun outdoor hangout space and hosting a fun and safe outdoor event that ties into our year-end show theme. Thank you all so much for your support and for listening! We hope you are inspired and FOCUSED ON FUN. We wish you all the best in the new year! Subscribe & ShareWe want to officially invite you to subscribe to our podcast and we would love you to leave us a 5 star rating and review wherever you listen to our podcast! We plan to share one review each week and send that person a special Confetti prize! We would also love for you to share on social media that you listened to our podcast! Tag us and we will repost! We love socializing, and we have so many ways to interact! Join our (FREE) Confetti Circle: https://confettionthedancefloor.com/pages/confetti-circleRequest to join our private (and FREE) Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/387508401945315Follow us on social media!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confettionthedancefloor/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confettionthedancefloorPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/confettiontheda/_saved/
Welcome to Make Dance Fun! In our first episode, we give you a basic history of our two businesses, Rhythm Dance Center and Confetti on the Dance Floor! Learn how we got started and continue our mission to  #makedancefun! For the full Confetti experience, in addition to listening to our podcast, we invite you to join our private facebook group, follow us on instagram @confettionthedancefloor and @rhythmdancecenter and join our Confetti Circle. Visit our website at www.confettionthedancefloor.com for all the things! We are so excited to begin this new podcast journey and share lots of dance fun with you! 
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