As the American painter Robert Henri once observed, “A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle.” That could be said for any artistic form, including the invisible lines traced in the air by a skilled dancer. The night of the recital, the audience stands in awe of all of those adorable dancers decked out in glitter and makeup, perfectly poised from their tiaras to their toe shoes. As they move in perfectly synchronized steps, there’s a magic in the air. You look on as parents beam with pride and instructors watch hopefully, holding their breath. The release of applause lets you know you’ve accomplished something important. And unlike the onlookers seeing those dance steps for the first time tonight, you know all the blisters and bruises, tears and second tries. A magnificent struggle, indeed.
The Not-So-Magical Stuff
But there’s more going on behind the scenes of your dance studio that no one else sees, too. And some of it just isn’t the best use of your time and energy nor that of your skilled instructors. From processing payments to recording costume sizes and re-scheduling missed lessons, there are tasks you may currently be doing that you don’t need to be doing. And you don’t have to hire an administrative assistant to do them either. By enlisting the help of Jackrabbit Dance software, you can streamline the necessary tasks that can otherwise distract you from more artistic pursuits.
Instead of the clumsy, outdated methods of paper forms and cash or check payments — or, even worse, costly and inefficient online payment methods — Jackrabbit Dance allows you to conveniently provide a streamlined and secure paperless option to facilitate dancer registration, payments, scheduling, and even costume ordering. Believe it or not, your dance studio management can look just as perfectly magical as the end-of-year recital!
A Starry-Eyed Perspective
Just imagine: No more parents disrupting dance class or teachers running late because of trying to find missing paperwork. The parent portal allows parents to view and make changes to their account. Parents of those on company teams can see schedules with required events already filled in, allowing them to easily add other classes to their repertoire. Parents of more than one dancer can view a schedule that shows events for all children in their family. And upon logging in, parents can easily view all charges, including line items such as costume costs, class fees, and special-event tickets. By offering that kind of readily available transparency, your studio takes on a whole new level of professionalism and efficiency.
On the management side, not only can you view and update customer accounts as needed, but you can also can schedule and track employee hours as well as all payments and billing and can even import those numbers with QuickBooks® software to coordinate with your other accounting needs.
Jackrabbit Dance provides a little pixie dust on the technical side, freeing up you and your staff to focus on the magical moves that are important to you.
What dance studio management software do you use or have you tried in the past? What are its strengths and weaknesses to you? Do you have experience using Jackrabbit Dance Software – if so, what are your thoughts about it? Please comment below!