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2/5/13 12:10 P

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My local instructors just had a major discussion on how saturated our area is (NY Capital District). Several of my friends could not make their rent when they tried it out on their own. All have since gotten jobs at a gym that includes classes in the membership. The successful ones renting a place pay as little as $25/hour at a church and up for a dance studio. Prices range from $4-$10 per class, mainly based on experience/certifications of the instructor. Their typical class size tends to be 25-100 students. As for mirrors, if a location has them, the instructor faces the mirror so students can get both front and back views. Most instructors will face the class if there aren't mirrors for eye contact and to make sure the students do the moves correctly. A few are asked to go in the same direction as the class, even without mirrors because the students can't seem to get the hang of the mirror image movements so they get confused. When just starting out, advertising is key, and you must include that in your budget. I wish you lots of good fortune!

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2/1/13 9:56 A

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My two locations..one has a mirror and the other doesn't. In my classes I face the mirror (or forward)..my students like that way. With the mirror, yes, some are intimidated by it, but others are not or just used to it. It is a good way for them to see if their back is straight..etc. I tell them that no one has time to stare at them...they are all moving and doing their own thing. I like the mirror so that I can see what they are doing. I don't stare, though, I just make sure they are moving.

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1/31/13 10:38 P

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People here prefer no mirrors. They are hesitant enough trying out a class and are worried about others looking at them jiggle all over and goof up. The main time I've heard about class people wanting mirrors and an instructor facing the mirror is if that is what they are used to from a previous instructor. If you're starting a new class in a new place, you shouldn't have that problem. You might want to set up an open house/demo first to have people come in and then you know how many people could be coming to your first classes. Maybe offer people coming to the open house a slightly cheaper rate for signing up and paying ahead. I don't know how many will fit in the space, but if you can get a certain number to pay for so many weeks ahead then you are guaranteed to make the rent, then offer the rest to pay as they come at a higher rate. At least I am finding that to work well for me at the space where I have to have a certain amount. The other space I have, I pay on percentage, so I'm not as concerned about having a certain number in class. Good luck! You are starting a wild and fun adventure!!!

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1/31/13 5:11 P

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I found two different community rooms that I can possibly rent for super cheap. The only thing is they dont have any mirrors. Do students care if their are mirrors? I would more likely than not teach facing the students because I want to engage with them.

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1/31/13 3:38 P

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Good luck!!! I teach at 2 different Recreation Departments. One charges $40 for a 6-week program where you can take any/all classes you want (offering about 14 a week) each of those 6 weeks! The other program, you sign up for the class that you want..and they pay $60 for 10 weeks..so $6 a class. - So I guess it depends on where you are..plus, I don't have to pay any fee for the rental of the room!!

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1/31/13 2:27 P

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I'm not sure what type of clients I may bring. The dance studio is a bit eccentric. They offer hula hoop classes, pole dance fitness, and yoga. The cheapest class they offer is $10 for the hula hoop class... On your first few classes how many people did you have attend? I am going to do ZIN to help promote myself and I have a group of Facebook friends who are interested.

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1/31/13 7:06 A

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30 dollars an hour is a GREAT price!!
We pay the gym $35 an hour to rent a large group exercise room for our special needs zumba class. The gym is giving us 50 percent off the regular price, because it's for a special needs class and because it's not during peak hours.
Are you going to charge $10 per class? In our area $5 is the typical rate for drop-in and less if you pay for a session. We charge $32 for an 8 week pass. But then, in our area there are a LOT of zumba classes available many gyms offer zumba classes as part of their memberships and there are also quite a few offered at other venues like rec centers. If you're the only zumba class in your area, you can charge more. Also consider who your clientele will be--wealthier people? Stay at home moms? Etc. What will they be able to afford?



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1/31/13 12:50 A

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So I have been emailing several gyms and dance studios and I am going to look at a dance studio next wednesday. The owner charges $30 an hour to lease the space. It is in a decent sized city next to my town. Is that a good price?? I am thinking of charging $10 a person if I take this place.... emoticon

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