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Making Dance Your Career
Written by Erin Sforza on March 6, 2019

Our staff is made up of a lot of hard-working, talented people, and though you may know what everyone’s title is, you may not really know what an Artistic Director or Studio Manager, or a Facilities Manager is responsible for when it comes to making sure our studio runs as efficiently as possible. Since this is National Careers Week, we thought it would be a great time to give you an idea of some of the opportunities to turn your passion for dance into a future career.


Miss Mary

President/Artistic Director

Miss Mary hires and evaluates all of the staff here from the studio management team (Studio Manager, Marketing Director, etc.) all the way down to our Substitute and Assistant Teachers. She is in charge of creating and introducing the class curriculum for all classes, develops the class schedule for each year with the Marketing Director and Studio Manager, and then helps to develop the plan to promote those classes. She pays the staff and oversees paying the studio’s bills. Miss Mary is the Director of the Competition Team, our Recital Company, and our Recital. She also approves what songs will be in the recital and guides what the overall vision of performances will be. Miss Mary is also Dance Connection’s representative for bringing the studio’s mission and purpose to the public through speaking engagements and public appearances.


Miss Melinda

Studio Manager

Miss Melinda oversees and manages our office staff, and supervises Customer Service and all accounts. She is in charge of all costume and dancewear orders, and making sure that orders are correct when they are received. Miss Melinda also puts together “Who’s in What Recital” and determines the order of the recital numbers as well. She is our contact for all Giving Tree information and is in charge of receiving the donations. Miss Melinda also maintains all studio files and paperwork archives.


Mr. Joe

Marketing Director

Mr. Joe is responsible for putting together how the current class offerings are promoted, where they are promoted, and researches how well our current curriculum works for both our students, parents, and teachers and works with the teaching staff to develop new programs to enhance the studio’s offerings. He partners with outside organizations and vendors to promote and improve our services as well as being in charge of branding and accounts receivable. Mr. Joe develops all advertising that you see for the studio whether it is in print, online, or on TV. He is also the production manager for our recital, bringing in Broadway-style scenery, lighting, sound and video projections. Mr. Joe also manages costume ordering, ticket sales, recital merchandise, recital staffing (production staff, security, ushers, childcare, etc.) and creates and maintains the production budget.


Miss Donna

Facilities Manager

Miss Donna is in charge of the studio itself as far as maintaining it and ordering supplies to assist in cleaning and maintenance. She takes care of the weekly studio cleaning tasks, as well as putting together and supervising the crews for our seasonal decorating. Miss Donna also manages our storage areas for supplies and maintains the studio’s production inventory.


Miss Erin

Public Relations Coordinator

Miss Erin develops and promotes studio offerings and events through blog articles. She works with the Marketing Director and Artistic Director to develop both the blog and press schedule to promote everything happening at Dance Connection and keep students and families informed. Miss Erin drafts and distributes all Press Releases to news outlets while developing and maintaining relationships with those outlets. She acts as a company spokesperson and also works to develop the “voice” of Dance Connection’s brand.


Miss Colleen

Teacher Training Program Director

Miss Colleen is responsible for setting and working towards the Teacher Training Program’s yearly goals. She runs the meetings and training sessions for the program members. Miss Colleen conducts mid-year evaluations and end of year evaluation conferences for all teacher trainees.


Miss Jenn

Wingman Coordinator

Miss Jenn is responsible for leading the Wingman League chapter at Dance Connection. She regularly interacts with the Global Director of Wingman for Dance for training and teleconference meetings. She oversees the objectives of the Wingman program at Dance Connection and the execution of weekly and monthly activities.


Miss Nikki & Miss Arial

Music Coordinators

Miss Nikki and Miss Arial are responsible for editing music for classes, recital, and competition and maintain the studio’s digital music library.


Dance Teachers

Our dance teachers have an incredible amount of dance knowledge and both performance and teaching experience. They are required to be able to adhere to curriculum for certain classes and use their creativity to assist in developing class and yearly objectives for others. They assist in selecting costumes, music, and in the editing of music as well. They have the responsibility of effectively communicating the requirements of the class as well as imparting upon their students the use of correct technique while encouraging creativity and musicality. They also are required to develop and maintain an open line of communication with the families of their students.


Office Staff

Our office staff is a group of ladies who are tasked with “front lines customer service”. They are the day-to-day faces of the studio and need to be outgoing, friendly, patient, and positive with an excellent ability to communicate with parents, students, and teachers alike. They handle all transactions at the reception desk including but not limited to registrations, payments, dancewear orders and purchases, scheduling changes, and costume orders. They answer the studio phones and process information in the computer systems that allow us to assist and contact all current and prospective students. Our office staff handles all entries into the register and are responsible for proving out after their shift. They also maintain the lobby, replenish the coffee and snacks available for sale, and organize the front desk. The office staff is also responsible for the general cleaning of the studio including emptying the trash, vacuuming, and cleaning the bathrooms.

Production Staff

Our production staff includes our Production Managers, Stage Managers, Designers, Technicians, Staff, and Volunteers. They to make sure that our recital runs smoothly and efficiently each year. They design the lighting, sound, scenery, props, and video projections for the recital, manage operations backstage that include safety checks prior to rehearsal and performance, distribution and collection of headsets and radios for communication between event areas, acting as liaisons between the studio and venue staff, and making sure cue sheets are in order for the day. They run lighting cues and help to move props and scenery. Our production staff also enacts and manages our emergency protocols should they be needed during a production.

There are so many varied and important ways you can expand your love of dance into a lifelong and rewarding career. We hope that your dance education helps you beyond the studio, no matter what career you eventually decide to pursue!

Erin Sforza

Erin is the Public Relations Coordinator for Dance Connection. She studied dance from childhood through college and continues to be an active member of the Long Island theatre community. Erin received a BA in both Musical Theatre Performance and History from the University of Tampa, and has utilized aspects of both degrees working in the hospitality industry, as an Event Coordinator for the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, and as the PR/Marketing Coordinator and Group Sales Coordinator for the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. In addition to being a part of the Dance Connection staff, she is a Travel Consultant affiliated with and