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More Than Just a Membership

August 27, 2020

When I began More Than Just Great Dancing!® almost 10 years ago, I knew that I wanted the community to be special—a group of like-minded studio owners who had the desire to be strong business leaders; who wanted to balance life and work and not be apologetic about making a living from their passion. Women and men who weren’t just looking for answers; they were working on solutions.

What developed over time went well beyond that goal. Not only have we grown this community, we began to see its positive ripple effect out into the greater industry. I’ve watched our members become teachers and coaches to other studio owners. I’ve witnessed them bringing together business owners in their states, provinces and countries. I’ve seen what an impact our members have on their communities and neighborhoods.

It’s been incredible!

Then, when the pandemic hit, it was like the industry storm I had predicted years ago at one of our Studio Owner University® events … I had said to our attendees from our stage, “I don’t know what will happen, but one day, as an industry we’ll be faced with something BIG. And whatever that is, I want you to be as prepared as possible with a stronger, healthier business to weather the storm.” 

And weather it we have. As March unfolded, our members gathered for frequent Zoom calls with me—daily briefings even, for several weeks. I began implementing new communications and messaging at my studio, sharing our triumphs and challenges with the More Than Just Great Dancing!® members and learning from them as well. 

Of course, we didn’t stop there. Together with our YPAD advisors, I also held industry-wide webinars to lift up our industry and provide information about federal funding and the future of dance. Later, joined by other industry professionals and studio owners, I also organized Perspectives in Dance webinars so we could all open up the conversation about race and diversity. Then, my team and I produced INSight Magazine’s Rise + Recover edition, complete with an e-course and author Q&A.

I say all of this not to boast, but to say out loud how AMAZED I am, that the community I had in mind all those years ago, has become so much MORE than what I could have dreamed. As a group, our members are moving forward with grit and grace—each in their own direction yet with shared knowledge and the support of each other. And within the industry, we are singing our heartsong by educating and energizing; improving and encouraging.

Now here’s the best part of where we are now: We have spots in membership OPEN!

If you’ve ever thought of joining More Than Just Great Dancing!® and being a part of our community, this may be the time! You can read about our three tiers of membership here. And every level includes the following:

I hope you’ll consider applying. And if it’s not for you right now, no worries! No matter what, I know we will all continue to shape this industry into one that’s better than we found it. <3

Love, Misty

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