Dance studio rental has always been a relatively complicated process. As an independent dance instructor, it can be challenging to find reliable places to teach. Should you look for something long-term? Should you sign a lease agreement? Here in this article, we’ll break down how to search for a good space in your area to rent as a dance instructor and how to start using it.
Finding dance studio space to rent.
If you have been a dance instructor for any period of time, then you have probably used just about every trick in the book to secure space for your classes. Guaranteeing that you will have the space you need to teach is essential for any performance business. Below are a few places that you should consider reaching out to when you’re looking for that perfect space.
Every town and city will have a YMCA, churches, or other not for profit entities that have space available. These spaces are usually the best to approach first because if you do have to pay to use the space, it will usually be relatively inexpensive. You can usually find information about space rental on their websites, but you will most likely need to call for specifics.
Clubs and Restaurants
Many different clubs and restaurants will have spaces specifically designed for dance. These businesses will make use their dancefloors during normal business hours, but may have them available after hours if you ask. If you are teaching something like salsa, then this type of atmosphere can be very beneficial to your students. Nothing beats learning to dance in the actual kind of space that you will be dancing in. By far the best strategy to secure these types of spaces is to show up in person and ask for the owner.
It’s no secret that most dance studios will allow you to rent out a part, or all of their space. Renting a professional studio is great because everything is purpose-built for dance. You don’t have to make any compromises when it comes to setup, and your students will appreciate that they are in a professional space. MADSTUDIOS is a good way to rent dance studios because you can get them by the hour instead of by the day.
The crossovers between yoga and dance are obvious. Yoga studios will often have things like floor to ceiling mirrors and ballet bars making them an ideal alternative to dance studios. Nine times out of ten, yoga studios will be available to rent for independent yoga instructors, it shouldn’t be too difficult to convince them to let you rent them as a dance instructor. Just make sure to adjust the thermostat if it’s a hot yoga studio.
Short-term dance studio rentals vs. Long-term agreements
When it comes down to it, you’re going to have to choose which type of rental agreement you feel comfortable entering. Both long and short-term rental agreements have their advantages and disadvantages.
If you only plan on teaching a few times a month then this is probably your best bet. Most of the options we mentioned above will allow you to rent a studio for a day or even just a few hours many times without signing anything. The downside to going this route is that sometimes the space will not be available right when you need it and as a result, you might have to change locations frequently.
Getting involved in a rental agreement where you lease a room or space for multiple months is another option. You may be asked to pass a credit check, and may or may not have to put a deposit down. Long-term rentals will be cheaper from day to day but may end up costing you more in the long run. Getting involved in a rental like this is one step short of starting your own dance studio, so be sure you’re ready for that type of commitment before signing anything.
What’s the best option for you?
The first thing you need to do before deciding which type of rental agreement you want to enter into is take inventory of your business. Look at exactly how many students you are expecting, or currently getting, in class and estimate how much each class will yield you cash wise. You need to balance how much you’re paying for rental space with how much you’re making each class.
If the math works out so that you could be making more by entering into a long-term agreement, then you should most definitely consider it. Finding the right kind of space to teach dance in doesn’t have to hard, but you should still take it seriously.
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