The girls are BACK!
Welcome to Episode #1 of the highly anticipated second season of our podcast series, “At The Barre” with your special guest hosts and successful studio owners , 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 inbetweens 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.
In the season-opener of At The Barre S2, Jane and Mel kick things off with a bang by discussing the importance (and the challenges) of staying true to yourself as a business owner.
“Our studios are extensions of our personalities, and our philosophies, and our values, and our view on the world. There is lots to knock us. There’s lots to challenge our beliefs, and we really do have to stay true ourselves if we’re going to reach feeling like we’re making a difference and we’re living our purpose. We have to stay true to ourselves, and it’s hard sometimes.” – Jane Grech
Our hosts talk about the familiar the parallels between their growing children, and their growing dance studios, and how business goes through cycles: from infancy to just finding its feet; to pushing some boundaries, to developing its own personality.
And to then really starting to find its place in the world.
The ladies open up about how damaging it can be to compare your own studio to others despite being in a completely different period of growth, and taking the time to sit and plan for your business to take on changes in development and direction.
“It’s really important to keep that in perspective… my youngest daughter is six years younger than my oldest, and she’s often complaining:
“But it’s not fair. Why can they do that? Why can’t I do that?”
It’s the same kind of thing. In business, you can’t compare yourself to someone that’s way ahead.” – Melanie Gard
Jane and Mel also reminisce on the classic reality hit “Australian Idol”, and the surprising business lessons that they carried from one very wise judge on the show. You’ll be giggling along with the ladies in this one!
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, wife to dance-dad extraordinnaire Robbie, 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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