One of the first things on the mind of any aspiring Dance Fitness Instructor is, of course, the venue. It goes without saying that you will want to find somewhere that is in the best location possible for your intended market and at a price that’s right. But once you’ve got a shortlist of potential candidates, you will need to dig down a bit deeper into the pros and cons of each before making the big decision.
Here are a few factors that you should definitely bear in mind before signing any hire agreements.
Floor size and type
This will probably be the most crucial factor in ruling a potential Dance Fitness Course venue in or out. The dance floor must be big enough for your classes and has to be of the right type for Hip Hop dance. So bring a tape measure and your dance shoes.
In terms of size recommendations vary, but a floor of 90-100 square feet should be adequate for a class of twenty; size up to 120-135 square feet for thirty members and to around 225 square feet if you are planning to accommodate fifty.
In terms of material, there are as many advocates for traditional hardwood as there are for cheaper alternatives such as artificial floor tiles. What is vital for the health of your members is that the floor is not laid onto a ‘dead’ surface such as concrete. Hip hop dance is high-impact and requires a cushioning layer between the dance floor and the floor surface; sprung dance floors are very popular for just that reason. Types of surfacing also vary, and you will need a medium-quick surface for a Street Dance Fitness Course. Factor in maintenance costs as well (if they are your responsibility).
In an ideal situation, you should be able to precisely climate control your venue with a mixture of heating and air-conditioning. If your dance hall gets too cold you increase the risk of injuries, while a stuffy environment will feel uncomfortable. It can be difficult to find a venue that is perfect, especially since everyone feels the temperature differently, but as long as you avoid the extremes you should be OK.
It is nice to have coffee and tea facilities, but crucial to have a functioning bathroom or two. Extra plug sockets can be handy for lighting, music and maybe even a TV. Think about what other things might make your life that bit easier, like Wi-Fi, storage facilities or a snack machine, for example.
Parking and Transport
This is another huge, but easy to overlook, aspect of your Dance Fitness venue location. Is it within safe and easy walking distance from public transport, or would your members face a dark, secluded trek on a winter’s evening? If members are arriving by car, is there adequate parking (preferably free). Remember to give your venue’s post code on the contact details, for SatNav purposes, and check on various online map applications to see if the directions are accurate.
Some people have had the misfortune of moving in next door to the neighbours from Hell, and your dance studio/hall may have neighbours too. Ask local residents and businesses if there is much trouble in the area, and look around for evidence of vandalism or other anti-social practises. On the other hand, be wary of antagonising locals who may be a bit suspicious of street dance and Hip Hop culture. Be professional and welcoming to anyone who shows an interest in what you’re doing.