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More Than Just Great Dancing™ is a community of dance studio owners that can help you reach your dreams of running a successful business.

Becoming a More Than Just Great Dancing™ licensed studio will:

  • Transform your staff's teaching and leadership skills
  • Give you access to quality programs and curricula
  • Help you employ best management practices
  • Have a positive impact on your community

A "More Than Just Great Dancing™ Seal of Approval" will signify to your students, parents, and community that your dance studio dances to a higher standard. Only one dance studio in each market will qualify as a More Than Just Great Dancing™ school. See application for details.

 

What’s Your Story?

“I was doing everything at the studio and had no time for myself or my family until I found MTJGD.”

Alicia
Diamond School of Dance

“I was considering selling my studio before meeting Misty and joining MTJGD. Now I'm back in the game and considering expansion.”

Katie
Inspiration Performing Arts Center

“I've been a studio owner my entire working life and have learned more about business since joining MTJGD than in all previous years combined.”

Donna
Donna Mueller's School of Dance

What We Provide


Curriculum

  • Customizable curriculum
  • Preschool through children's classes
  • Grading technique and skills tests


Affiliation

  • Set yourself apart in a crowded market
  • Licensed use of the MTJGD tag line and emblem
  • Link to your business on our national studio directory


Marketing

  • Full online library of customizable marketing pieces
  • Full time graphic design support


Resources

  • Enrollment Forms
  • Work Flow Calendars
  • Cash Flow Calendars
  • Employment contracts, leases & more!


Public Relations

  • Customizable Press Releases
  • Positive brand affiliation with MTJGD
  • Student and parent website.


Training & Coaching

  • Monthly teleseminars with other positive, growth-oriented studio owners with written monthly follow-up and recordings
  • Monthly coaching calls available


Live Events

  • Discounted Studio Owner University™
  • FREE Annual Member Retreat™
  • Preview Weekend™
  • Top Teacher Training™


Preferred Vendor Discounts

  • Premium Members enjoy special discounts with Art Stone, Curtain Call Costumes, Studio Director software, as well as a variety of competitions, conventions, web developers, photographers and a FREE subscription to Dance Studio Life and SUCCESS Magazine.

Words of Praise for More Than Just Great Dancing™

"More Than Just Great Dancing has changed me and my business for the better. The brand has become a way of life for my studio. Studio Owner University and Member Retreat rejuvenated me for a new season and the other members who I know refer to as friends have encouraged me to grow and do things that I never before thought were possible. Misty is an incredible leader and I am honored and humbled to be a part of such an amazing organization."

Lindsay Roberts - Owner/Southern Dance Connection (Greer, SC)

"What I gain from MTJGD is so hard to put into words! But after our Member Retreat (and SOU) I know that I have found the right Tribe. Misty and the members give me such a fresh outlook and inspiration that I've never received with any other group, conference, or organization. From hands on tangible, to words to lift your spirit and realize your purpose....it's what I need at this stage of my career."

Lori Weil - Owner/Creative Dance and Music Studio (Harvey, LA)

"More Than Just Great Dancing is a family of like-minded, motivated, resourceful studio owners. Since joining I have received so much more than I anticipated. Misty is one of the smartest women I know. She is an excellent leader, motivator, and friend. She ALWAYS makes time to answer emails and give me a well thought out reply. Her advice is brilliant. I am excited to learn more and more on each monthly conference call. I highly recommend joining MTJGD!"

Jennifer Tell - Owner/The Dance Factory (Forest Lake, MN)

"This past weekend at Misty’s was amazing. So many great professionals with so much to share. So many owners working hard and committed to raising the standard of excellence that this industry is so much in need of. I was delighted to see many old friends and meet new ones. It really is a wonderful representation of studio profitability and the reason why you love dance in the first place. I have so many items on my to do list and for the first time ever also came away with the tools to organize my list so I can actually get it all done. It really is More Than Just Great Dancing!"

Tara Pickford - Owner/Ambition Performing Arts (Airdrie, AB, Canada)

"MTJGD has changed me from the inside out!! I went from feeling defeated and over it all to expanding my studio another 1200 sq ft. It has been a game changer for me & I couldn't be more excited to say that I am starting off my 11th season with 102 enrolled students then I had this time last year or any other previous years. I am only 6 months in with MTJGD and the difference in not only me but within my studio has been amazing!!!"

Jennifer Andrews Smith - Owner/Kidz in Step (Covington, Georgia)

"I received ANOTHER package in the mail today...thank you soooo much! I get so excited opening the boxes from MTJGD..it's like Christmas!! Thank you so much for the Marketing Packet! I've been part of other coaching programs and I've never received so many amazing and helpful tools. I truly can't say thank you enough! The Survey and Action Steps are super helpful. I like being able to follow through with the tools you give us and put it to practice. You are absolutely amazing!!!!"

Nicola Kozmyk - Owner/Pure Motion Dance (Calgary, Canada)

"After personally meeting Misty and seeing her studio in action, I was WOW'd! She is an incredibly motivating and giving person, and a savvy businesswoman. I have started to WOW my own customers and employees by involving them in more community service work, and it has such a motivating "team" effect on them. They are all coming together in a way that makes my heart sing. I am excited to learn more from Misty."

Jennifer Northup Tell - Owner/ President at The Dance Factory (Forest Lake, MN)

"We were privileged to have Misty Lown speak at our Annual Teacher’s Workshop in New York City this past July. Her seminars were spectacularly successful! All of her talks were incredibly informative, educational and fun. Our attendees were thrilled with her enthusiasm and helpfulness, and gave rave reviews. She engaged the audience with her great speaking skills and natural charisma - we will definitely be working with Misty again!"

Pam Chancey - Owner PTC Productions, LLC (New York City, NY)

"Meeting Misty in the summer of 2011 opened my eyes to the possibility of true business success where I had previously not thought it so. It ISN'T magic, it ISN'T a bunch of motivational nonsense; it's sound business practices tweaked to fit our unique business needs as dance studios. Misty has created not just a successful brick and mortar business but a successful model - something my industry was sorely lacking."

Misty Rascon Smith - Professional Dancer/Choreographer (Los Angeles, CA)

"Meeting Misty in the summer of 2011 opened my eyes to the possibility of true business success where I had previously not thought it so. It ISN'T magic, it ISN'T a bunch of motivational nonsense; it's sound business practices tweaked to fit our unique business needs as dance studios. Misty has created not just a successful brick and mortar business but a successful model - something my industry was sorely lacking."

Melanie Gibbs - Owner/Boca Dance Studio (Boca Raton, FL)

"Misty has been so helpful with giving me tips and advice to my dance studio. She always responds to my questions and I am very appreciative of her advice and wisdom she gives me. I love talking to another dance teacher about issues within my dance studio and Misty has been extremely helpful."

Socorra Roth - Owner/Socorra's Performing Arts Studio (Sioux City, IA)

"After attending an event in which Misty spoke, I wanted more! She was a true inspiration and very knowledgeable in aiding my journey of running a dance studio. I have already applied some of her advice and have seen the benefits right away. Thank you Misty for sharing your love of dance and supporting fellow dance educators along the way."

Mia Spicuzza Guzlas - Owner/Southern Edge Dance Center (Fair Hope, AL)

“Misty answered my questions with great detail and in strong interest of my business. She made me feel adequate next to her strong expertise and I was encouraged to grow with her answers she gave me. I would be very interested in hearing more concerning dance studio growth and advancement.”

Shananne Lewis - Artistic Director/Move and Groove Dance Academy (OH)

"I first ran across Misty's name in articles she wrote for a "Dance Studio Life" magazine. Little did I know that one day I would have the pleasure to meet Misty in person. Over the last several years, she has personally helped, and guided me through the process of starting and growing my own dance studio business. I am thankful that I have Misty to turn to for business advice. I am also thankful that I can call her my friend."

Sandy McAnulty - Owner/Director of Define Dance and Arts Studio Kindermusik/Drama Kids of Humble, TX

"Misty Lown has one of the most sound business minds today! Over the past several years, as a dance studio director, I have utilized her influence in many business and marketing areas, not to mention her creative influence! Before I make a business decision, I think, “What would Misty do?” She is a person to look to for successful ideas and plans for your studio or business! With her grace, influence and her strong faith, Misty can be a tremendous asset to any business owner!"

Anne Marie Gaige - Owner/Dance F/X (Tampa, FL)

"I feel like I have been given the biggest gift ever! I have never felt more inspired and excited for dance and the studio and I feel full of hope because I can see to the future to teaching less and feeling less overwhelmed and I just see the future and I believe it's going to be GREAT! You may never realize how much of an impact you have had on me and in turn will have on the lives of my students!

Alicia Knopps - Owner/Diamond School of Dance (Eau Claire, WI)

"Misty Lown, where do I begin? I have had the chance to perform with, work with and work for this amazing woman. She pushes the boundaries of excellence and continues to raise the standards for teachers and studio owners across the country. She's honest, fair and full of grace. Misty is a wealth of knowledge with creativity to match. You will be hard pressed to find another person who can do what she does, with the level of professionalism with which she does it."

Aaron Chen - Owner/Kids Movement Arts (Champaign, IL)

"I would like to give you a BIG thank you for sharing all of your successful tips with us at the The PULSE! I enjoyed every single one of your seminars and I am definitely motivated for a great start on our studio! It was such a blessing to be able to network with you! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!"

Rachel Roussel - Owner/Devoted Dance Academy (Chalmette, LA)

"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your seminars!!! They are exactly what I needed to get me back on track after a tough year. Thanks to you, I am excited about the new season. My confidence is back, and with God's help I can move forward stronger than ever."

Dorita Roderick, Owner/School of Performing Arts (Lebanon, MO)

"Misty Lown deserves the highest accolades for the combination of enormous accomplishments: not only is she a self-taught entrepreneur who grew her company to serve as an icon to the industry, admiration from the community and dominant force in the market, she did it all while raising and focusing on her five children. Bravo, Misty!"

Sasha Berson, CEO/Berson Business Development Company (Chicago, IL)

"I cannot even imagine what my life, as a studio owner, would have been like if I had "More Than Great Dancing" at my disposal. This company not only offers help with everything that goes into running a successful dance school business, but has the added bonus of a personal relationship, mentoring, and accountability with Misty. The monthly investment can pay for itself when you put into action the tools and tips that are available to you!”

Caryl J Voorhees, author of Dancing For Joy, (New Jersey)

We Know This Works

And, we'll prove it!

Our members are regaining control of their lives, getting out of debt, expanding programs, and having a positive impact on their communities--All while making time for themselves and their families.

Discover the More Than Just Great Dancing™ difference!

So, Let's Get Started!

Basic: $299/mo

Apply Now
Licensed use of the MTJGD tag line and a link to your business in our national online directory.
Customizable curriculum, graded technique skills tests and children's music
Full online library of marketing pieces. 30 minutes towards customizing one piece each month with our graphic designer.
Enrollment forms, work flow calendars, cash flow calendars, employment & independent contractor contracts.
Customizable press releases and positive brand affiliation with MTJGD.
Monthly teleseminars with other positive, growth oriented studio owners with written monthly follow up and recordings
Free annual gathering of More Than Just Great Dancing affiliates.
50% Off Studio Owner UniversityTM & FREE Annual Member Retreat
30 minutes towards customizing one marketing piece each month with our graphic designer. $65/hour for additional work
Executive leadership materials delivered to your inbox and mailbox
Monthly 15-minute coaching call with Misty Lown
Customizable employment pay scale criteria, incentive programs, customizable lease & sub-lease agreements
Subscriptions to SUCCESS and Dance Studio Life magazines
Quarterly teleseminar with industry leaders and business experts
Preferred Vendor Discounts with industry partners (Value: $5,000)

Premium: $499/mo

Apply Now
Licensed use of the MTJGD tag line and a link to your business in our national online directory.
Customizable curriculum, graded technique skills tests and children's music
Full online library of marketing pieces. 60 minutes towards customizing one piece each month with our graphic designer.
Enrollment forms, work flow calendars, cash flow calendars, employment & independent contractor contracts.
Customizable press releases and positive brand affiliation with MTJGD.
Monthly teleseminars with other positive, growth oriented studio owners with written monthly follow up and recordings
Free annual gathering of More Than Just Great Dancing affiliates.
FREE Studio Owner UniversityTM & FREE Annual Member Retreat
1 hour towards customizing one marketing piece each month with our graphic designer. $45/hour for additional work
Executive leadership materials delivered to your inbox and mailbox
Monthly 15-minute coaching call with Misty Lown
Customizable employment pay scale criteria, incentive programs, customizable lease & sub-lease agreements
Subscriptions to SUCCESS and Dance Studio Life magazines
Quarterly teleseminar with industry leaders and business experts
Preferred Vendor Discounts with industry partners (Value: $5,000)

One time initial license fee of $1295.00 and a monthly flat rate of $299 per month or $499 per month. For additional physical locations of the same studio business there is a one time initial license fee of $695 per location and the flat rate monthly fee of $149 or $249. There are no additional percentage fees. The initial one time license fees are payable when your application is approved.

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