Welcome to Episode #8 of our special podcast series, “At The Barre” with your special guest hosts and successful studio owners , Jane Grech and Melanie Gard.
The only podcast for dance studio owners, by dance studio owners.
Jane Grech and Melanie Gard both run successful dance studios of their own, while also raising families and navigating the ups, downs and inbetweens of being a business owner – and they have a whole lot of fun along the way!
Jane and Melanie share a unique insight into the world of the dance studio owner, and each week will dive into the very real issues, challenges and changes that are facing the business owners and teachers in our industry every day.
In the final episode of At The Barre: Season One, Jane and Mel draw back the curtain on a core value that has had a tremendous influence on their studio and their identity as studio owners – Inclusivity.
In this discussion the pair discuss what does and doesn’t work for them in nurturing an inclusive environment, and the impact it has had on their teams as well as their dance families. They also share their experience with the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance program, and a rare behind-the-scenes look into what Inclusivity looks like at their respective studios.
You’re going to love this illuminating insight into The Inclusive Dance Studio.
About Your Hosts
Jane Grech is the co-founder and Creative Director of the JG Creative Company, an Australian company dedicated to the development and provision of high quality services to Dance and Education. Her businesses include Jane Grech Dance Centre, Pirouettes Dancewear, Dance Studio Success and DanceStep Student Teacher Training.
Embracing opportunities to encourage and support other dance studio owners Jane works as a Leadership and Studio Growth Coach with Dance Studio Owners Association.
An author and speaker on the topics of dance education, entrepreneurship and leadership, Jane is passionate about engaging, motivating and inspiring others. Jane is a regular contributor to Dance Informa Magazine, Dance Studio Owners Association and her own blog Dance Studio Success.
Jane has three children and runs JG Creative with her husband, Brian. She is a passionate campaigner for cultivating a joy filled life.
Melanie Gard is Director of Peninsula School of Dance a dance studio located on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. She is Mum to 3 children, wife to dance-dad extraordinnaire Robbie, and a lover of the beach and good coffee.
Melanie Gard is a passionate dance educator and has grown her school from a small ballet school running in a community hall, which she purchased in 2006, to a vibrant dance and performing arts studio that caters for over 450 students each week. Melanie leads her teaching and administration team with passion and a huge determination to ensure the studio remains at the forefront of dance education.
Melanie is a respected Licentiate with Cecchetti Ballet Australia, holder of a Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management and has a Bach of Arts in Disability Studies (Deakin University) and is an affiliate member of Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD).
“I have lead PSD students and staff over the last 10 years and I am incredibly proud of the many great achievements inside and outside of the dance studio. Whilst these achievements are wonderful they are not certainly not our only definition of success. As a Director, I am most proud of the kids that have struggled with confidence, faced learning challenges, suffered with anxiety, felt shy or even been bullied at school. I am proud of those kids more than anything, for getting in and having a go and being the best versions of themselves. Time and time again I have conversations with parents who tell me “dance is his/her happy place”. I am so proud of the nurturing culture at PSD and it is this in which I will continue to invest the most energy in.” – Miss Mel
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