Make Dance Fun

Make Dance Fun

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!

Episodes

May 13, 2021 31 min

In Episode 20, we are sharing how we structure our performing companies at Rhythm! It's Important to us that we can offer many opportunities to the  dancers at Rhythm. We've grown into 11 Performing Companies and 5 Spotlight Programs.

Mini Stars: Youngest group, approx age 6-7, required to be at the studio 2 days/wk for jazz, tap, ballet & hip hop. Most also take an optional contemporary class. They have a few weekend re...

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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 a...

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April 29, 2021 26 min

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 preli...

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April 22, 2021 26 min

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 sh...

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April 15, 2021 27 min

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 take...

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April 8, 2021 38 min

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...

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April 1, 2021 38 min

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 ...

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March 25, 2021 36 min

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 wi...

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March 18, 2021 24 min

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...

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March 11, 2021 27 min

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 s...

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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, phys...

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February 24, 2021 24 min

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 a...

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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 b...

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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 siz...

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February 3, 2021 20 min

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 l...

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January 27, 2021 43 min

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 stone
  • No additional requirements beyond mandatory summer camp
  • Ours do two recital dances, get an embellishe...
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    January 20, 2021 29 min

    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, Da...
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    January 13, 2021 35 min

    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'...

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    January 6, 2021 26 min

    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 ...

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    December 28, 2020 14 min

    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 ...

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