There are many ways to learn about careers in dance school ownership and management. If you’re a skilled dancer, start and manage an informal dance group at your school. Putting on a short dance production for your friends, classmates, and family will give you a basic idea of what it’s like to be a dance school owner or manager.
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Talk with dance school owners and managers about their careers. Perhaps a few will allow you to shadow them as they go about their work.
“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born,” the dance great Fred Astaire once observed. “All the good dancers I’ve known have been taught or trained.” Dance schools provide this training to people of all ages and skill levels—whether they want to learn to dance for fun or as a career. Dance school owners are typically dancers or dance instructors who have decided to become entrepreneurs. Dance school managers, who also have backgrounds in dance or dance education, assist owners in the operation of dance schools. Owners and managers do everything necessary to ensure the successful operation of the dance school. They perform a wide range of duties, including: