As the weather heats up and the official start of summer gets closer, the fall season may not be on your radar yet, but it’s never too early to start planning. By taking some proactive steps and planning ahead, you can be sure that your dance studio is organized and ready for a stellar fall season!
But where do you start? That’s where we come in! We’ve put together 6 tips to help you get ahead of fall preparations at your dance studio so you can enjoy yourself without having to worry about any last-minute planning.
Start Brainstorming Fall-Themed Activities
Whether you’re looking to spice up your current curriculum, or you want to add something new just for fall, brainstorming and incorporating fall-themed ideas and activities are great way to keep students engaged with classes and excited about the season. Try working in a Thanksgiving-themed performance, organizing a Fall dance party, or hosting a Halloween dance camp. If you think it sounds like a fun idea, chances are, parents and students will too. Adding performances and recitals also offers you an extra way to boost your income in the Fall months.
Host Fall-Themed Workshops
In a similar vein, hosting workshops is another good way to celebrate the season in your studio while still providing your students with exciting opportunities in addition to their weekly schedule. Reach out to local professionals or other guest instructors and invite them to focus on specific styles or techniques. If it aligns with the guest’s skills, these can easily be inspired by fall colors and themes like Halloween. This will add a little urgency for parents to sign their dancers up for a chance to learn something you don’t normally teach!
Create New Dance Routines
The change of the seasons is a great time to get creative when it comes to your routines and class offerings. They don’t necessarily have to be Fall-themed, but changing routines and what classes your studio offers can help keep students and parents engaged and interested. Planning these ahead of time makes it easier for everyone involved too. If you’ve ever wanted to implement a rotating class alongside your core offerings, this could be your chance!
Update Your Online Presence
In today’s digital age, having a strong and consistent online presence is essential for any business, especially dance studios. Take a little time to audit your website and social media and check for things like:
- clear, concise location and contact information
- good examples of what new students can learn at your studio
- recent images and videos on your social media to help engage current students and attract some new ones
These updates are also a good time to share any images or information about your new upcoming fall-themed class offerings and events.
Utilize Online Registration and Scheduling
One of the best ways to get ahead of Fall preparations is to rethink your system for registration and scheduling. Are you still using pen and paper? Or maybe you’re using software that just isn’t doing everything you need it to. Simplify the process now for your staff and the parents at your studio and start reaping the benefits!
A good dance studio management software like Jackrabbit Dance makes it easier for parents to register their students from home and make payments, and for you to communicate with them. It can also make administrative tasks like student check-in and staff scheduling a breeze.
Start Setting Goals for Your Dance Studio
Off the top of your head, do you know if you’re on track to meet your financial goals for the year? If you don’t, it could be worth your time to sit down and do some planning. Take stock of things like how many sign-ups you’ll need, how many classes you will have to offer, and how many students you might lose to churn. Analyze these numbers and start setting goals and making changes now so your studio can be on track for success in the fall and beyond.
Fall preparations aren’t easy! They take creativity, determination and some careful planning, but starting on these ideas and changes now and working on them over time is a lot easier than coming up with them at the last minute and missing your opportunity to do them at all. Do yourself a favor and get ahead of Fall preparation at your dance studio this year. It’ll all be worth it in a few short months.
Want to get even further ahead? Utilizing a dance studio management software like Jackrabbit Dance can help you get the most out of your prep and stay ahead of the curve. Sign-up for a free trial and learn about all the ways Jackrabbit Dance can help you take your studio to the next level.