Dance Business Lab | Dance Conference 2022
UK'S FIRST EVER DANCE BUSINESS CONFERENCE
BE PROUD OF YOUR HARD WORK & NOMINATE YOUR SCHOOL FOR AN AWARD
August 24th 2022 - 7:30pm till Late
Holiday Inn - Birmingham International Airport, UK

ENTRY FOR THE AWARDS IS NOW CLOSED
BE PROUD OF YOUR HARD WORK &
NOMINATE YOUR SCHOOL FOR AN AWARD
August 24th 2022 - 7:30pm till Late
Holiday Inn - Birmingham International Airport, UK
THERE IS A CATEGORY FOR EVERYONE - LET'S SHOUT ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL WHEN YOU WIN A -  “Dance Business Award”

These awards have been designed to recognise excellence, determination, adaptability and courage as a dance business owner. 

The awards are all inclusive no matter what genre, purpose or type of school you own. Simple and quick to enter, inexpensive and everyone is in with a chance of winning. No dance boss will be discounted. If you serve others through dance and the performing arts then you qualify.

There are 13 categories, literally something for everyone no matter how big or small or how established your school is. Imagine being able to shout out to your community that you have won a national award!

Good luck everyone x

UK'S FIRST EVER DANCE BUSINESS CONFERENCE
To nominate your school - Click on an award category below to be taken to more details about it & to enter.
THE INCLUSIVITY AWARD
If you feel you go above and beyond to be an all inclusive school then please go ahead and enter for this award.

Your inclusivity may arise from but no restricted to embracing all ethnicity or race, disability, gender, religion or belief and sexual identity.


You may wish to share with us if you have any specific classes or programmes that you are proud of, ways in which you celebrate all cultural backgrounds, or how you have helped or supported a student in a specific situation.

An example of some of the  documentation you could provide to support your entry:
Policies, class schedules, stories, testimonials, photos.
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BEST WELLBEING & HEALTHY DANCER
PROGRAMME AWARD
If you know you go above and beyond to support and educate your dancers in terms of healthy body and minds then please proudly enter this category.

Maybe you have experts linked to the school, or provide workshops for them separate to their classes, or perhaps a special drop in session for them to come and chat or seek help.

You may even have a programme that focus purely on this topic. These are just a few examples and are not limited.


An example of some of the documentation you could provide to support your entry:
Written examples, photos, testimonials, evidence of timetabled classes, policies, and more. 

To be judged by Jess Spinner from the company - The Whole dancer
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MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW/RECITAL/CONCERT
This award is for those that wish to be recognised for producing an outstanding performance for your students be it a one off piece, a show, a concert or any kind of dance or performing arts based production. You may feel it was outstanding due to the costumes, choreography, stage sets, lighting, venue, concept, quality of dance, creativity, student and parent experience or more.

An example of some of the  documentation you could provide to support your entry:

You may send a link to a short video no longer than 3 minutes that may be one number or a mash up of several, to show various groups. You may include your programme, testimonials, photos, how your students and parents were “wowed” or any other relevant document that may help us to build a picture of your outstanding show.
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MOST CREATIVE EARLY YEARS PROGRAMMES
We would like to award this to a school that has developed their own concept for teaching early years classes. Maybe you have a theme or name for your classes, specific uniform, a syllabus, resources, a mascot? You may have licensed it, or have developed it to be taught in outreach schools. If your early years classes stand-out and get noticed for their unique concepts or simply because you created all the content then please feel proud to enter this award.

An example of some of the documentation you could provide to support your entry:
Photos, website pages, examples of class plans, testimonials, short videos (no longer than 3 minutes and must be added as links), class or termly structure and more.

To be judged by Franchisors of Lil Beatz Vikki & Adam

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BEST BOYS PROGRAMMES
If you have worked hard to develop a school that has encouraged boys into dance, maybe you have boys classes or a boys programme then please enter this award. Let’s celebrate your work and efforts for building your school to include a healthy number of boys.

An example of some of the  documentation you could provide to support your entry:

Numbers of boys, examples of classes just for boys, explanation of why you feel you should win this award, evidence of what you do to attract boys to the school, photos, videos no longer than 3 minutes (must be uploaded as a link)
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BEST PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Do you go out on a limb to create many wonderful memories for your students in terms of performing opportunities? School fetes, flashmobs, pantos, West End performances, there are so many ways we can create places for them to perform. If one of your strengths is giving your students multiple and varied chances to perform for audiences then let us know by entering this category.

An example of some of the documentation you could provide to support your entry:
Written evidence, photos, newspaper clipping, a timeline of events, website links and more.

To be judged by Matt O'Riley
from Pro-Excell

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BEST WEBSITE
If you feel your website does a great job in converting browsers into customers, is well designed and easy to use, is infused with your school's “ethos” and has a strong sense of brand then please go ahead and enter. Your website should be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate and show the customer exactly what you offer. 

An example of some of the  documentation you could provide to support your entry:

A short description on why you feel your website is outstanding and of course a link to your site.
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BEST 'OUT OF THE BOX' STRATEGIES
FOR STUDENT ATTRACTION
Have you created some unusual ways to market your school in the past year? Have you been thinking outside of the box and done things differently that have really worked well for you in terms of growing your school. Go ahead if you feel you may deserve to win this award.

An example of some of the documentation you could provide to support your entry:
Photos, written explanation, numbers of students attracted as a result of one or more types of unusual events or marketing strategies. 

To be judged by Jennifer Randall - Young marketing and social media expert
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THE STANDOUT SCHOOL BECAUSE YOU
ARE DIFFERENT (USP)
To be judged by Cerys Keneally

If you feel your school is bespoke and different to others and you would like recognition for being a disruptor in the industry for being bold and different  then please do enter for this award. We may be celebrating you if you have unusual branding, unique class offerings, collaborations with other enterprises, events that you hold that make you stand out. These are just a few examples. 

An example of some of the  documentation you could provide to support your entry:

Written evidence, photos, testimonials, links to your website, examples of your schools “ethos” and more.
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MOST GROWTH IN 2021/2022
This award is based purely on numbers and is evaluated in terms of % of growth. For example my school has grown by 58%. The period of time to be measured is the 12 month period from 1st April 2021 to 1st April 2022. 

An example of some of the documentation you could provide to support your entry:
In no more than a few sentences explain how much your school has grown by in terms of a percentage. (Example that will not be acceptable - My school has grown by an extra 32 students). Then please include your books from the past year and the year before for our accountant to browse over.

To be judged by Sam Smith
from Smith&Co Accountancy firm.

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TEACHERS AWARD - FOR GOING THE EXTRA MILE
To be judged by - Tracey Lee - Head at Performers College
This award will be nominated by you the principal / owner. If you have a truly outstanding team member (could be a teacher, administrator, cleaner or any other member of your team) then why not show them how much you care by putting them forward for this award. Do they go above and beyond what is expected? Do they have some special qualities or things they do for others that impress you greatly? Even just by nominating them they will be chuffed to bits that you have recognised them and wish to show your appreciation.

An example of some of the  documentation you could provide to support your entry:
Written explanation in terms of examples of what makes them outstanding, testimonials from parents, photos and anything else you may wish to submit. 
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MOST INSPIRING PRINCIPAL
(WITH TEAM LEADERSHIP)
For this award you may need your team to nominate you. This is for the principal that goes above and beyond to nurture and mentor his/her team. 

An example of some of the documentation you could provide to support your entry:
Written reasons why you should win this award from your team, in the form of testimonials. Examples of what you have done and what strategies you have to support and mentor your team in an ongoing basis, events you may have created, opportunities for their professional development, and more.
To be judged by Cheryl Dodd
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BEST OVERALL DANCE SCHOOL 2022
To be judged by Deborah Laws
from Dance Business Lab and her panel of judges.

This is the big one!
 Remember this is a business award so this is not about who loves their school the most (gosh imagine trying to judge that hey). 
Just some of the qualities we would be looking for:
Great website and easy to sign up process. Amazing customer onboarding (we may even do some secret shopper emails), lovely branding and clear message as to the type of school you have. Student opportunities to experience dance and performing arts in multiple ways, quality of teaching team, principal leadership skills, reviews and testimonials scores, and more.

An example of some of the  documentation you could provide to support your entry:
You can feel free to submit a variety of resources, documents, policies, images, links or video. The more ways you can show us you are an outstanding school the better. This award will not be judged on the size of school, the winner could have just 50 students!
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