There are many people who want to practise square dancing, ballet, ballroom dancing, or contemporary rock dancing. Of course, the style of dancing you emphasise in your school will be primarily dictated by your personal tastes and the most common dances in your culture. The methods for bringing a dance together are the same regardless of the form of dance.Do you want to learn more? Visit Mandeville School of Music & Dance.

Keep classes in your own home if possible. If you don’t have enough space but one of your students does, give the student free lessons in return for basement use (or any large room). Props aren’t needed for most forms of dance instruction. Ballet and jazz dancing are the only exceptions, in which case a large mirror and a dance bar are required. If no free room is open, the next best option is to go to a nearby YMCA or a church. You typically offer a percentage of your tuition receipts in return for the hall (and that group’s sponsorship). The percentage number is negotiable, but it should never reach 50%.

To start planning a lesson, write a simple, succinct brochure that details the entire schedule as well as pricing. This brochure will be your main selling tool, the one you give to anyone who is interested. Then build a small classified ad asking for inquiries: “BALLET SCHOOL FOR KIDS. New classes will begin on February 1st. For more details, call 555-5555.”

Don’t limit yourself to a classified ad. If you’re starting a children’s ballet academy, reach out to your friends who have kids and persuade them on the idea. Post notices on bulletin boards at nursery schools, day care centres, and youth centres. Drop your business cards off at toy and clothing stores for kids.