17 July 2014

Sister Studio Survey part 1

Hi All,
Terri Allred, Business Consultant for FatChanceBellyDance® wants to talk to you about the results of the Sister Studio Survey that many of you completed for us this past winter. Terri, take it away!


Hi everyone,
This winter, many of the FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studios completed a survey for us.  You answered a variety of questions about your training, teaching and other dance certifications.  Most importantly, you gave us valuable feedback about what you wanted from FatChanceBellyDance®. 

In the next couple of days, you will find the full story about how we are responding to your suggestions in the July/August issue of Zaghareet! Magazine.  It is in the mail right now!  Until you receive your copy, I thought it would be useful to share some of the important information that we gathered in the survey.  If you don’t subscribe to Zaghareet! here is the link to get your subscription- http://zaghareet.freeservers.com/magazine.html

Thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey.  A whopping 80% of Sister Studios responded, giving me a really great picture of what is happening with you.  Here are some interesting nuggets:

Participation in Intensive Trainings:

All of the Sister Studios have taken General Skills one time, although 18% have taken GS two or more times.

All of the Sister Studios have taken Teacher Training one time, although 8% have taken TT two or more times.

Only about 1/3 of you have taken The Business of ATS®.

Most of the Sister Studios would like to take GS and TT again, but have not done so because you could not afford it.

Dancers who attended multiple times, did so because of the following reasons:
Too much to absorb at once
Different goals each time (e.g., first time through was fine tuning steps, second time was looking for concepts to apply across all movements)
Refresher to stay current
Take the presentation of Carolena’s vision seriously


Everyone who completed the survey teaches (or have taught 8%) ATS®. 

Most folks rent space (58%) although 12% own their own studio.  17% teach out of their home.

Only 18% of respondents report that dance related activities are their primary source of income.

Most respondents teach workshops outside of their normal class schedule (70%).

Most of you stay regularly connected to the Mothership.  This is how:

    FCBD® Forum- 17%
    Director’s Cut Blog-    17%
    Fireside ChATS®- 14%
    FCBD® workshops- 13%
    Facebook- 19%
    FCBD® newsletter- 16%

You told us what you wanted FCBD® to do more to support you in your TEACHING.  You suggested:

Offer online classes
Ability to video classes of me teaching and have them critiqued
More FCBD® workshops in Europe
Specialty training for SS
Workshops geared toward teachers
Annual teachers workshop
Instructional books like new companion guide
Advanced skills training-mentioned MANY times
Big FCBD® SS convention
Biggest support is taking FCBD® classes
Workshops on how to teach more effectively- also a popular suggestion
Info on how you teach classes at FCBD®- drills, other intangibles
Seen lots of mention of a new format- gratitude, posture, formations
Thanks for sharing your ideas on the blog
Online school similar to Datura
Further certification
Drill videos intended for instructors
Have to take certain number of workshops a year to maintain certification

You shared what you wanted FCBD® to do to support you in your BUSINESS-
Easy access to logos and brands
Class posters/business card templates
Discounted merchandise for SS (not just wholesale discounts)
Mention local SS events in FCBD® newsletter (and offer a place on web to post)
Want to have FCBD® postcards and info cards in studio, but can’t afford them
Business consulting in addition to Tribal Council
More certification opportunities
Help marketing the SS status

Stay tuned for the Sister Studio Survey part 2 to hear how we are responding to your needs!


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