How to Create a Positive Dance Environment with Smart Business Practices

Everything you need to know for creating a safe-haven for you and your students!

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Have more fun and less stress!

The goal of this workshop is to help you implement practices that will ease the stresses of running your teaching business, and allow you to get more enjoyment from dance and teaching. By using the specific strategies and suggested language, you will attract your ideal students. They will in turn manifest the values that will flourish in your classroom or studio. You will learn how to create a positive drama-free learning environment that regulates itself, and in doing so, attracts students who are the right fit for you, your offerings and your goals. By adapting a positive philosophy of business and marketing along with a mind-set that focuses on what you want (rather than what you don't want), creating a safe-haven for you and your students is effortless, fun and profitable!

In this detailed workshop, Katayoun shares her secrets and strategies learned from two decades (over 8,000 hours) of teaching in the classroom and the dance studio, as an independent instructor and 10 years as a studio owner. It is not unusual to find students in her classes who have studied with her over the course of five, seven and even 10 years or more!

Your dance classroom should be a happy place for all your students. A happy place means a safe-haven where students look forward to coming week after week, month after month, and year after year. Creating a welcoming environment starts with you and extends to every aspect of how you communicate and interact, whether online or in person, with your student base.

Ultimately, you are the example and embodiment of the learning environment you want to create. And there are specific things you can implement and practice that will help you do that, while encouraging the same positive behaviors in students. We will examine teaching strategies, business practices and how the language we use to communicate our values and offerings influences student behavior and mindsets, and can deter from or attract people to you.

Topics include:

Aligning Your Marketing with Your Offerings, Bio & Class Descriptions

Business Practices, Class and Studio Policies

Teaching Strategies, Organization, Class Structure and Language of Instruction

Expectations of Learning Behaviors and Skill Progression

Student Correction, Feedback & Evaluation

Embracing and Commanding Your Leadership Role

Whether you are seeking to revamp and re-align your program, or you’re just starting your business, this workshop will help you create a positive, supportive space where you and your students can thrive for years to come!

Check out the free previews below to learn more.

Your Instructor

Katayoun Hutson
Katayoun Hutson

Based in the Washington, DC area, Katayoun is the author of “Oriental Dance Curriculum, A Complete Guide for the Belly Dance Teacher: Beginner to Multilevel,” which is the first globally-distributed curriculum guide for teaching belly dance. Trained through the University of Virginia Curry School of Education in curriculum, instruction, human development and learning theory, Katayoun merges her classroom experience as a school teacher and her leadership in the belly dance community to bring tried and true teaching methods to the belly dance classroom.

Best known for her interpretations of folkloric dance and the Persian dances of her heritage, in her 15 years of teaching experience, she has had the opportunity to educate diverse audiences about the beauty and benefits of Middle Eastern dance. She has taught in a wide range of venues including: health clubs, senior centers, schools, and community centers, adapting her class format to each audience, accumulating over 8,000 instructional hours in the classroom and the dance studio.

Before becoming a studio owner, she had a successful full-time career as an elementary school French teacher at a prestigious private school while maintaining a lively schedule of dance training, teaching and performing. Through her classes and teacher-training program, she aims to bring out the best in her students, while taking into consideration their individual needs and interests.

An entrepreneur and community leader, she has served on the boards of WAMEDA (Washington-Area Mid-East Dance Association) as an officer, and co-founder of Tiraz Dance Network. Currently, she serves as CEO and Artistic Director of Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts in Sterling, Virginia, an organization she founded in 2009, where she teaches 10-14 classes per week to adults and kids of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Extensively trained in folkloric, Oriental and Iranian dance and music, her expressive performance style has been described as “elegant and earthy,” “powerful yet subtle,” with “perfect musicality and interpretation.” She performs as a soloist and with her dance company Troupe Eshveh, which specialize in folkloric dance with a modern twist.

Katayoun will share her expertise in teaching, offering topics ranging from multilevel classes and class formats to curriculum and lesson planning. She will also share her knowledge and perspective of entrepreneurship as well as self-publishing.


Class Curriculum

  Align Your Marketing with Your Offerings
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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