Looking Sideways

At The Barre Podcast – With Jane Grech & Melanie Gard

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Welcome to Episode #1 of our brand new podcast series, “At The Barre” with your special guest hosts, Jane Grech and Melanie Gard.

The only podcast for dance studio owners, by dance studio owners.

Jane Grech and Melanie Gard both run successful dance studios of their own, while also raising families and navigating the ups, downs and in-betweens of being a business owner – and they have a whole lot of fun along the way!

Jane and Melanie share a unique insight into the world of the dance studio owner, and each week will dive into the very real issues, challenges and changes that are facing the business owners and teachers in our industry every day.

Episode one in this 8-part series is all about “Looking Sideways” as a dance studio owner when it comes to dealing with your own competitors.

In This Podcast

In 2018, more than ever it is becoming increasingly difficult to tune out from social media and online hype around what other dance studios are doing. Whether it’s the studio around the corner, or on the other side of the world, chances are that every time you are logging onto Facebook or Instagram, you’re face-to-face with dozens of other dance studios.

And it almost always feels as though they are doing a better job.

In today’s episode, Jane and Melanie dig deep into those feelings of doubt, and imposter syndrome that can take hold when you are constantly comparing yourself and your studio to others around you, and why it’s crucial to make a conscious decision that combats your comparison-itis.

The pair also chat about how to deal with copycats in business (including when and how to say something, and when to simply let it go), and how to ethically draw inspiration from others in business to grow and evolve as a dance studio owner.

You won’t want to miss what these extraordinary studio owners also have to share when it comes to dealing with your most local competitors, and how an abundance mindset has proven to make a world of difference to them during those times when it seems like there is a dance studio popping up on every corner.

About Your Hosts

Jane Grech is the co-founder and Creative Director of the JG Creative Company, an Australian company dedicated to the development and provision of high quality services to Dance and Education. Her businesses include Jane Grech Dance Centre, Pirouettes Dancewear, Dance Studio Success and DanceStep Student Teacher Training.

Embracing opportunities to encourage and support other dance studio owners Jane works as a Leadership and Studio Growth Coach with Dance Studio Owners Association.

An author and speaker on the topics of dance education, entrepreneurship and leadership, Jane is passionate about engaging, motivating and inspiring others. Jane is a regular contributor to Dance Informa Magazine, Dance Studio Owners Association and her own blog Dance Studio Success.

Jane has three children and runs JG Creative with her husband, Brian. She is a passionate campaigner for cultivating a joy filled life.

Melanie Gard is Director of Peninsula School of Dance a dance studio located on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. She is Mum to 3 children and a lover of the beach and good coffee.

Melanie Gard is a passionate dance educator and has grown her school from a small ballet school running in a community hall, which she purchased in 2006, to a vibrant dance and performing arts studio that caters for over 450 students each week. Melanie leads her teaching and administration team with passion and a huge determination to ensure the studio remains at the forefront of dance education.

Melanie is a respected Licentiate with Cecchetti Ballet Australia, holder of a Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management and has a Bach of Arts in Disability Studies (Deakin University) and is an affiliate member of Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD).

I have lead PSD students and staff over the last 10 years and I am incredibly proud of the many great achievements inside and outside of the dance studio. Whilst these achievements are wonderful they are not certainly not our only definition of success. As a Director, I am most proud of the kids that have struggled with confidence, faced learning challenges, suffered with anxiety, felt shy or even been bullied at school. I am proud of those kids more than anything, for getting in and having a go and being the best versions of themselves. Time and time again I have conversations with parents who tell me “dance is his/her happy place”. I am so proud of the nurturing culture at PSD and it is this in which I will continue to invest the most energy in.” – Miss Mel

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About Us

The Dance Studio Owners Association is for studio owners who are ready to commit to building their dream studio through taking consistent action while accepting guidance and advice. It’s for new studio owners and experienced studio owners alike. No matter what stage you’re at in your business, you’ll gain valuable information to take your studio to new levels while becoming a go to studio in your area.

DSOA members also have exclusive access to some of the greatest minds in business through our expert masterclasses, one-on-one mentoring through our member makeover experience and a monthly Q&A session that directly answers all your pressing questions about being a Studio Owner.  

Our association is a community. It’s a community of dance studio owners who have seen what Clint has not only produced with his own studio but his Studio Owner clients and program members over 6 years. They’ve seen the results and they want to be a part of the action!

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