8 Instagram Post Ideas For Your Dance Studio

Is your dance studio or company on Instagram?  Scared to take the leap? (dance pun intended) Here’s a few tips on how to get started and what to post.

Don’t worry about posting daily – in fact, if you post too many times a day, you may annoy your followers.  It seems like the sweet spot is once a day to a few times a week.  For my studio, I end up posting on average 3-4 times a week unless I’m running a contest or it’s a big event for the studio (recital or competition weekend, for example).

Ok, so now you’ve made an Instagram account… what do you post?

8 Instagram posts ideas for your dance studio or company

1. Your dancers:  The most obvious is to post images and videos of your students dancing!  Be sure to mix it up – some of the cute babies in class mixed in with your best students along with some great action shots from performances.

2. Behind the scenes:  Making costumes?  Folding programs?  Hanging the backdrop for the show?  My students and parents love to see the “behind the scenes” photos.

  

3. Class videos:  This is a great way to expose potential students to the different class types.  Post a short clip of your newest class offering to show students what that class might be like.

4. Hold a contest or photo challenge:  I like to hold contests during school breaks because it gives the kids something to do and keeps them thinking about dance.  Our most recent one was “Spring Break Photo Contest” and dancers had to post a photo of themselves dancing on Spring Break.  We got a lot of fun pictures back that we shared in-studio and on Facebook.  Make sure to use a hashtag for your contest (#ABCstudio).

  • Leap / Jump Contest – followers have to post their best leap or jump
  • Favorite Costume – post a photo of their favorite costume
  • First Year Dancing – any photos from their first year of dancing
  • Dance Everywhere – post a photo of them dancing in an unusual location

5. Dance education:  Post a photo of a famous dancer and have your followers guess who it is.  Share photos of famous ballets and dance companies.

6. Motivation & inspirational quotes:  I like to post these every so often.  I find a lot of them on Pinterest.  Instagram Etiquette Tip: If you borrow someone’s quote, play nice and credit them.

7.  Hashtags:  (Or should I say #hashtags)  Hashtags are a fun way to make your post accessible to more people and are good for when you’re looking for an idea to post something.  My favorite dance-related hashtags are:

  • #TutuTuesday – anything ballet!
  • #TiltTuesday – just what it sounds like
  • #TBT or #FBF – (Throwback Thursday & Flashback Friday) – post an older photo from months or years ago.  These posts usually get the most “likes” on our studio Instagram.
  • Make up your own! What about #musicmonday and post some songs from the upcoming performance?  Or #flexibilityfridays and showcase some tips on how to get more flexible.  Check out this great idea from Maria’s Movers on creating a hashtag for your performances.  Some more hashtag ideas from Dance Spirit.

8. Integrate your posts with Facebook and Twitter:  Instagram makes it easy to connect your account to your Twitter and Facebook accounts and you can share the same posts on all three social media sites at one time.

Have fun!

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Monthly Recap

Are you on Pinterest yet?  If you were, you wouldn’t have
missed this awesome picture!

Yes I am aware that monthly re-cap would make more sense at the end of the month, but its been a busy month! And at the end of the month we have to have yearly recaps… so here is December’s (a bit early) recap.

What You Missed From The Dance Buzz

Dance Happenings Around The Internet

  • I am so excited about the Jacob’s Pillow “KNOW DANCE” project inspired by the Never Stand Still dance documentary (directed by Ron Honsa). You can participate by creating a response by answering this question in a video: “what do YOU want people to know about dance”!  I can’t wait to see people’s responses and would like to involve my students in creating a response of our own.
  • Economics behind the Nutcracker
  • Top Dance Stories from my dance blog friends at Twitter
  • Stephen Colbert features (and participates) in the Nutcracker:

http://www.hulu.com/embed/-BDNppU0h2YS1oZ1lag4jQ

And if this doesn’t spread some holiday cheer, I don’t know what will…

And did I mention, vote for us for Dance Blog 2011!?

Oh, I did?  Well then, why haven’t you voted yet!   Tuesday is the last day for comment voting for Round #1

Follow Friday on Twitter

If you don’t use Twitter, you don’t know what you’re missing! Twitter can be an overwhelming onslaught of mini-messages, but it can also be very useful to a dancer looking for audition updates or an inside look at being a professional dancer.

This Follow Friday, we are taking a look at some dance of your favorite dance companies:

@LimonDance

@HubbardStreet

@ParsonsDance

@BalletBlack

@PghBallet


@BostonBallet

@HoustonBallet

@nycballet

@ABTBallet

And of course, you can find all of our buzz on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/thedancebuzz

Follow Friday on Twitter: Dance Organizations

If you don’t use Twitter, you don’t know what you’re missing! Twitter can be an overwhelming onslaught of mini-messages, but it can also be very useful to a dancer looking for audition updates or an inside look at being a professional dancer.

This Follow Friday, we are taking a look at some dance organizations that have been all a-buzz…here are a few of our favorites:

@NationalDance: National Dance Institute (NDI), a nonprofit, has impacted the lives of more than 2 million public school children through award-winning arts education programs.

@JacobsPillow: Nat’l Historic Landmark & home of America’s longest-running int’l dance festival. Visit the link above to sign up for the Pillow’s eclub for artist & event info

@NYCDA: NYC Dance Alliance continues to inspire and nurture the next generation of pro dancers.

@DanceUK: Dance UK is the national voice of dance.

@DizzyFeetTweet: Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes, among others.

@chicagotap: Building community with rhythm

@DanceNYC: Everything Dance in New York

@DanceU101: THE source for info & advice about college dance programs: career advice, admissions tips, videos, discussion forums and much more!

@YoungArts: The signature national organization that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 17-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts.

And of course, you can find all of our buzz on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/thedancebuzz

Follow Anyday on Twitter: Tap Dance!

If you don’t use Twitter, you don’t know what you’re missing! Twitter can be an overwhelming onslaught of mini-messages, but it can also be very useful to a dancer looking for audition updates or an inside look at being a professional dancer.

Here are a few of our favorite tap dance Twitter-ers 🙂

@ChicagoTap – Bio: Building community with rhythm

@TapDancingNews – Tap news and resources – maintained by TerranceTaps (author of Tap Dance Man site) & Fee Peper

@TheTapFloor – Tons of tap videos posted almost daily, although it is mostly the same tappers everytime. Bio: If you love tap dance, follow me!

@TapDanceChor – Bio: TDC.com is a premier dance resource for tap routines & information; featuring the personal collection of original works by noted tap choreographer, Joan Gerrard

@Boogie2TheMusic – Tap dancer posting tap dance links!

@TapDanceMadeEasyBio: Eli Newsom, Owner/Instructor. I’m here to help to spread the joy of tap dance around the world.

And of course, you can find all of our buzz on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/thedancebuzz

Follow Friday on Twitter: Bloggers & Dance Magazines

If you don’t use Twitter, you don’t know what you’re missing! Twitter can be an overwhelming onslaught of mini-messages, but it can also be very useful to a dancer looking for audition updates or an inside look at being a professional dancer.

Here are a few of our favorite dance Twitter-ers 🙂

@DanceTWorkshop – DanceTheaterWorkshop – Bio: DTW maintains an uncompromising mission to identify, present, & support independent contemporary artists & companies to advance dance & live performance.
Our favorite recent tweet:

DanceTWorkshop: Line the dance floor with bubblewrap. #UnsolicitedDanceAdvice

@KinerEnterprises – Love this blog too! Bio: Kiner Enterprises Inc. provides dance studios & dance companies with social media marketing training and coaching,and dance teacher staffing consulting.

@Sheri_Is – Another dance blogger – good stuff! Bio: Semi-Retired Ballet dancer, choreographer, p/t ballet/ballroom instructor. Also an animal lover, interested in psychology, inspiration.

@danceMarketing – His tweets are funny and informative
Bio: Hey, I LOVE dance. I also love marketing. I specialize in helping dance teachers & dance studios get more students. Get paid for dance!

And of course, you can find all of our buzz on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/thedancebuzz

Follow Friday on Twitter: Bloggers & Dance Magazines

If you don’t use Twitter, you don’t know what you’re missing! Twitter can be an overwhelming onslaught of mini-messages, but it can also be very useful to a dancer looking for audition updates or an inside look at being a professional dancer.

Here are a few of our favorite dance Twitter-ers 🙂

@DancingThree – Bio: Two guys and a gal discuss dance. Brand new site started by three of our favorite ‘tweeters’ & bloggers – 4dancers, Ballet For Men and Tights & Tiaras

@EliteDance – Bio: Promoting ballet and dance related digital media with lots of random weirdness mixed in.

@SuzanneGerety – Bio: Editor & Co-Founder DanceStudioOwner.com, VP of KBDS, writing, publishing, PR, marketing, business development.

@TenduTV – the accompanying Twitter site to the popular dance video site, Tendu TV

And of course, you can find all of our buzz on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/thedancebuzz