We are grateful for this list of inaugural members and studios who took a leap of faith and joined us as our FIRST members through our inaugural member campaign! From time to time we will request photos and videos from our inaugural "Fixers" working with their students to be featured on our website and social media!
Our inaugural members are valuable to us! This special group of instructors were first to jump on board with our program, and they are listed above. Each month we will feature one of them as a "thank you" for jumping on board with us from the beginning. If you want to be a featured studio, please let us know!
1- Give a short history of your studio/your involvement in the studio:
As a second generation dance studio owner, I have literally been dancing since the day I was born. I am the proud owner of Make Your Move Performing Arts (MYM) in Opelika, Al and this August we will be entering our 27th year of dance!
MYM strives to be a home; a place where kids of all ages, shapes, and sizes learn to dance and perform. We encourage confidence, kindness, creativity, individuality, and self-expression. Our dance community is passionate about the performing arts.
Our first goal is to create a positive and happy experience for all MYM students. We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment where all students can feel empowered, included, comfortable and free to express themselves. We know firsthand how important dance can be in a young person’s life, and want to be able to extend that knowledge to those that need it the most.
2- How have you/your studio been surviving the COVID-19 pandemic? Any advice for other studio owners?
When COVID-19 began to impact our state, we immediately pivoted to a virtual platform to continue being able to serve our dance community. We are proud to say that we only lost one student during the quarantine and after 12 weeks of Zooming, we were able to do a modified recital/celebration of dance at an outdoor amphitheater where we had nearly 80% of our students perform!
My advice for other owners would be to always reach out, communicate with other owners, and try to find a group of like-minded peers and mentors. I, without a doubt, would not have survived this ordeal without the love, knowledge, and support of the many groups I am a part of like DanceStudioOwner.comand More Than Just Great Dancing.
3- What is the best piece of advice you’ve learned in studio ownership/as a teacher that you can pass along?
Always be open to learning new things! It is easy to compare yourself to others or think about what the other studios are doing, but don’t compare yourself— let them inspire you to be the best youthat you can be! We all have something to offer. Most importantly, develop your studio culture. Create your happy place and stick to what you believe is best for your team and your dance families.
4- What inspires you? My dancers and my family. I am constantly inspired to be the example that they need.
5- Why did you join Ballet Fundamental Fix? I did not grow up training in ballet. I have had to learn all of my ballet technique knowledge as my studio has grown. I kept seeing the Ballet Fundamental Fix posts and after researching, I decided it was something I would like to add to my vault of ballet knowledge!
*I fall in love more and more each time I learn more about ballet.*
6- How do you plan to use BFF in your teaching and/or at your school.
I plan to add the monthly tips to my syllabus- it’s always good to have new and fresh ways of teaching.
7- Why should others join ballet Fundamental Fix? I think it’s important to continue learning new methods and tricks for teaching. You can never have too much ballet knowledge!
8- Any exciting news you want to share about you/your school? We have a plan to slowly re-acclimate back into the studio and I am so excited to see my dancers live and in person after 4 months.
Mandy Moore Owner/Director Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio