Balance Dance Studios Ambassador Program

Overview: BDS Ambassadors are a select group of students at Balance Dance Studios who are looking to grow as leaders and explore the professional side of the dance business. This program will give students who are selected special and unique opportunities only available to the members of the Ambassador program. These include, but are not limited to, marketing photoshoots, special guest instructor class discounts, assistant teacher training, acting as a focus group for new ideas (programming/merchandise, etc), at the studio, and the opportunity to learn the internal workings of the business.

Qualifications: Students ages 10-18 (ages 10-11 qualify for a Junior Ambassador Program position and will start in only class assisting positions) are eligible to apply. Ambassadors demonstrate consistent class and event participation, initiative around the studio, and are shining representatives of our culture.

 

BDS Ambassador Information

Mission Statement:

The BDS Ambassador program is designed to teach young dancers, who excel in leadership, the opportunity to learn the dance studio business and develop student teaching skills. 

Program Structure: 

Studio and Class Assistants (L1-5 commitment): This group of students will primarily work inside of the classrooms and represent the ambassadors at the front desk. This group of students will participate in both spring and fall marketing shoots, as well as the recital launch video shoot. This group consists of bubbly, shining faces who represent the studio’s vision, values, and culture. 

Ambassador Leadership Committees: These committees are a part of the leadership group and will be responsible for organizing various areas of the Ambassador Program. By being involved in this level of the program, they are eligible for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts hours and cords at their school graduation. 

Ambassador officer Positions: This select group of students is assigned to the most dedicated members of the Ambassador program. They are the leaders of the leaders and organize the program as such. Their function is very similar to that of student council leadership. 

Areas of the Ambassador Program and Levels of Commitment

Age and Program Qualifications:

  • Ages 10-12: Junior Ambassadors
  • Ages 12+: Ambassador Leadership Applicable: Committee Groups (Must be an ambassador for at least 1 year in order to appy for leadership positions.)
  • Ages 14+: Studio Intern Applicable (Must be an ambassador for at least 1 year in order to appy for leadership positions.)
  • Ages 15+: Ambassador Officer Chairs Applicable (Must be an ambassador for at least 1 year in order to appy for leadership positions.)

Student Assistant Commitment Levels and track path:

L1 (Ages 10+)

  • Assisting D&D classes

L2 (Ages 12+)

  • Assisting D&D 
  • Assisting at the front desk (minimum 1 hr a week)
  • Minimum 2 years of Assisting to be qualified for 6+ classes

L3 (Ages 14+)

  • Leading a portion of the D&D class, under guidance of instructor
  • 1 on 1 teacher mentorship
  • Minimum 2 years of assisting

L4 (Ages 16+)

  • Leading a portion of 6+ class, under the guidance of instructor
  • 1 on 1 Teacher mentorship 
  • Solo lead D&D classes, if teacher emergency arises, such as a flat tire, until teacher arrives
  • Minimum 3 years assisting or teacher recommendation
  • Eligible to give private lessons, with the approval of the director

L5 (Ages 17+/ Sr Year)

  • Solo lead D&D classes, if teacher emergency arises, such as a flat tire, until teacher arrives
  • Solo lead 6+ classes, if teacher emergency arises, such as a flat tire, until teacher arrives
  • 1 on 1 Teacher mentorship 
  • Minimum 3 years assisting or teacher recommendation
  • Eligible to give private lessons, with the approval of the director

Post HS grad: Interview, potential employment and sub-list addition, if desired

Ambassador Leadership Committees: 

These dancers are the leadership core of the full group. Positions are as follows: 

Studio Events/ Decor Committee 

Calendar of event design

Photowall assistance

Provide event wishlist/ideas

Ambassador end of year celebration and Christmas party

Social Committee

In charge of generating ideas for parent and teacher appreciation weeks and other “one off” ideas

Generate 4 social events a year for ambassadors 

This committee is in charge of the FUN! 

Generate and implement fun social ideas for the studio student body

Studio Intern: (1 student) 

– Organize/manage the cleanliness of Symmetry

– Assist with costume distribution, packing, tags 

– Responsible for providing out-of-stock list to Ms.Tatiana

– Fill shoes and tights

– Check the photo wall and make sure it is still intact, and adjust if needed. 

– Ensure schedules are posted

– Make sure TVs and lights are on

– Report directly to Ms. Dani

Ambassador Officers

President: 

  • Represent the student body at on and off-site events such as school nights, open house nights, shows and studio events
  • Supervise the functioning of the elected student body officers.
  • Develop the agenda for and preside over the meetings of the Ambassadors
  • Spearheads/organizes Ambassador dance for Spring Recital inc rehearsal day/times” for the TDS Ambassadors?

Vice President: (If applicable) 

  • Represent the student body at on and off-site events such as school nights, open house nights, shows and studio events
  • Coordinate the work of committees.
  • Preside over  Ambassador meetings in the absence of the President.

Secretary:

  • Update group on Studio Calendar
  • Maintain the student body files.
  • Prepare agendas for meetings.
  • Take and distribute minutes of meetings.
  • Represent the student body at on and off site events such as school nights, open house nights, shows and studio events
  • Type material for student body officers and committee chairpersons as needed.

Social Officer:

  • Lead Social committee
  • Keep up with birthdays
  • Organize social committee
  • Write, edit, and submit posts on social media accounts and to the marketing team

Application Process:

Students will nominate themselves, if interested in being considered for the program. Applications will be available June 1st, and due by July 1st. 

Applications will be reviewed by the program Director, Dani Sanders, and instructors will confer on students’ behavior/leadership skills in classes. Acceptance emails will be sent out by July 8th. Students looking to pursue leadership positions will be given an application, and it must be returned by July 15th. Student placement will be announced and communicated by July 22nd. All accepted officers/committee members must attend a welcome/orientation on July 29th, at 4pm, at Balance Dance Studios and plan an Ambassador welcome for the first  week of August. 

Special Privileges for Ambassadors in the Leadership Program:

  • Exclusive to Ambassadors
    • Marketing Photoshoots- Fall, spring, recital launch video (plus any additional marketing shoots, as needed)
    • Ability to work backstage for productions
    • Exclusive Ambassador/Student Assistant shirt
  • Studio Assistance
    • Assist in studio classes and develop tools on becoming an instructor
    • Assist in and learn studio business operations
    • Have opportunities to work as an assistant teacher and learn about curriculum development and class management
    • Learn what it takes to run a full-scale event and be a part of it!
    • Recital theme, decor and operations
    • Much more!
  • Perks 
    • Applicable for all L2+ Ambassadors only
    • Contribute new and fresh ideas to be implemented at the studio
    • Free studio space to rehearse in
    • Exclusive opportunities to opt into guest instructor classes for free or reduced rates
    • Get all BDS branded gear at staff rate
    • 30% Symmetry discount
    • BDS Ambassador branded shirt
    • 1 on 1 instructor mentorship at L3+
    • Student teaching experience and skills
    • Have your name and photo posted on the Ambassador wall at the studio
    • Be recognized at recital/in the program and on stage
    • Ability to graduate with Honors if National Honor Society for Dance Arts Protocols are followed. 

Description of Expectations: Students must be able to commit at the time of offer acceptance

  • Supporting the BDS Family
    • Promote BDS on social media, on Facebook and Instagram, by sharing posts, posting to your stories, and tagging the studio
    • Contribute to the programming and the culture of the studio by acting as a role model. As a FAMILY, speak in a positive manner about the studio, whether onsite or elsewhere. DO NOT participate in gossip, slander, bullying, or any negative communication about the studio, the program, or other students. This will result in IMMEDIATE removal from the Ambassador program. All feedback is welcome in a one-on-one meeting with a member of the admin team.
  • Ambassador attitude 
    • Conduct themselves with positivity, integrity, and enthusiasm
    • Greet students/families as they enter the studio, whether they are “on shift” or not
    • Consistently attend enrolled classes, meet company requirements, and attend your weekly commitments
    • Show respect for your studio home by picking up after yourself, and using resources responsibly, and encouraging others to do the same
    • This program is a “get out of it what you put in” formatted program, so being a self-starter is a must

Ambassador requirements: 

  • Time commitment
    • Ambassador/L2 Commitment: 2 hours/week assisting in class and/or somewhere at the studio, at least one of which must be at the front desk, unless you are only committing to L1 involvement (Jr Ambassadors/ L1 Commitment: Minimum of 1 hour a week of assisting).
    • Must find your own assistant sub to replace yourself if you will be missing the class you are committed to assisting, whether or not it is for a legitimate reason (school event, company conflict, etc).
    • No more than 4 missed classes per semester. This includes make ups (studio team events excused)
    • Ambassador Meeting attendance (no more than 2 missed required meetings a semester)
    • Available for mandatory events (calendar TBD but approx 5-7)
  • Assisting classes: Ambassadors must be at least 2 levels ahead of any class they are assisting. For example, if assisting a Jazz L1, you must be at least a Jazz L3.

 

Dates

June 1st: Applications will be available 

July 1st: Applications due

July 8th: Acceptance emails will be sent out

July 8th: Leadership applications sent 

July 15th: Leadership applications due

July 22nd: Leadership placement will be announced and communicated

July 29th 4pm: Officers/committee members must attend a welcome/orientation plan an Ambassador 

August 11th 4pm: Ambassador Welcome and Training