I was talking with a lady that is running a Dance School called Prisma Dance in Honolulu, Hawaii. She had some questions for me about how to grow her dance school. To start off with, I asked her some questions about how they run their school. This is what she said:
Dance School With a Purpose
As dancers progress through the different levels of Prisma, they grow as dancers and as children of God. Each age group focuses on a different biblical theme. This series seeks to explore each theme in relation to ballet.
Ruby classes are for our youngest performers, three- and four-year olds. As tiny young children, dancers begin their training with a focus on love. Love is the foundation from which to build. 1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” As children of God, we are told the greatest commandment is to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27). To follow God, we must first love Him and then, love others. When we align ourselves with His love, we are capable of anything He calls us to do. As dancers, the love for ballet must also develop first. Ruby classes are meant to expose the young dancers to ballet in a way that is fun and enchanting. The difference between simply going through the motions and passionately speaking through dance is the foundation of love. A talented dancer can go far, but a passionate dancer will go even further. And so it is in these classes that students learn to first love dance.
From stretching to learning the primary positions, teachers instruct in a way that incorporates silly games, keeping interests piqued and showing each dancer that ballet is first fun. Students also learn choreography, and in this way discipline is formed. Still, the priority is on enjoyment. Individual attention is given to each student, ensuring they know that they are loved and special. Love is infused within the class, and class prayers, praise reports, and group hugs are necessary complements.
Prisma is focused on the whole student, and love is the center. Like a seed planted in good soil, the dancers learn that love is the seed from which all things can grow. To progress as dancers, they must first love the discipline. To move forward as children of God, they must first understand His love and how to share that love with others. Prisma plants that love, and continues to nurture it throughout the growth of each dancer.
So they have a great start. A good program that focuses not only on the dance but also on the kids experiencing something that is good for them.
The next thing I would focus on is getting reviews from the student’s parents. As we’ve talked about before. Reviews are one of the most important things to grow your business because nowadays people will go and read reviews about you before they ever come visit you.
I the next article I will share more about something practical they can do to get some more students. Until then….