Understanding The Backwards By Design Concept
“It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish”
Excerpt from the 44-Week Dance Studio Success Plan® Workbook
As you prepare to read through the exercises in this workbook think about the following, starting at the end, what does your recital look like on paper, is it a theme or a story, how you design it, costume it, advertise it, is available in many locations online. Why you need to “sell” it to your current or future customers should be your focus.
The concept of starting from the end and working to the beginning, is a model used by many large corporations in business today for new product lines. As a dance studio owner for Mini-Vents™, recitals for children preschool to grade 2, it becomes an easy choice when you sit with a pen or pencil and a notebook.
Step 1 Story or Theme?
The traditional model for an end of the year production or recital is to those a theme. Current pop culture based popular themes are:
Frozen 1 & 2
Greatest Show On Earth
Dancing Through The Decades
The 44-Week Dance Studio Success Plan® suggests a different approach, choose a popular children’s’ network programming or picture books, Fancy Nancy, Polar Express, Barbie (5-Minute Stories), Trolls are good examples. What is the difference? The difference is in the planning and approach. In place of planning music and costuming, the approach is you are planning a production based on a specific setting, costuming, and of course characters that are found in the books or movies designed for children. You need to read a book and adapt it to your one-hour performance.
In the appendix of this workbook are offered two units one based on the Polar Express for a holiday production and one based on “Barbie” a spring production. For
both you can choose your backdrop, color coordinate all age appropriate costuming, select music from Spotify or other music vendors designed based on you story, find an actor-actress to read the book aloud during your production or use a prerecorded version of your story choice and design choreography which is simple and effective. Remember moms send their young children to dance because they want to improve socialization skills and become more physically coordinated, not necessarily to become a professional dancer. You are making scrapbook memories and later in life dance art appreciators.
Want financial success? Offer more, work less, and become the studio to attend where the pyramid is reversed, most of your students are at the top not the bottom of your income.
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