<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>...studios opening by those with business degrees, mothers who want to run a studio for their child to attend, and very young (18 and younger) students whose parents are financing a future business for their child.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>we don't get this so much in australia. in fact, because dance schools are NO WAY to make money, at all!!!!!!, (at least not in australia), i have never heard of any business person being mad enough to do it!!!!<P>interestingly, we also don't get many former dancers opening ballet schools.<P>the majority of our schools are run by people who want to teach. or, at least, they MAY have had dreams of performing once, but have at some stage converted those to teaching aims. and usually SOME form of teaching qualifications. in this regard, our situation is not quite so much of a free-for-all as the american one.<P>retired dancers in australia usually go into some other career - or, if they teach, it is usually FOR someone else, as distinct from running their own schools. <P>the commercial vs. artistic distinction that we would make, i think, would be between those large schools which encourage multiple dance forms/sometimes acrobatics or singing as well/competitions/etc - which make money but do not offer quality technique training, and the more vocationally-oriented schools which are small and selective and struggling, but which have the good principled teachers and the high standards....a gross oversimplification, of course, but trying to paint 2 ends of a continuum here.
<p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited September 29, 2000).]