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Meet Rachel Arnold of Dance Prodigy Studios in Greenville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Arnold.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my business in 2010 in the middle of a divorce and going through the financial aftermath that came with it. I literally only had a backpack, my dog and a beat-up Nissan Sentra with a liquid nail glued on side view mirror to my name while sleeping on a friend’s couch. The business itself originally started as me teaching a few private lessons to make a little bit of extra money and quickly grew into a decent sized studio within less than six months. From those small beginnings, I now have a staff of five instructors and one office manager, an awesome clientele, married an amazing guy and have two gorgeous little girls.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. There were times at the beginning where I had to really work hard to make ends meet. Throughout the past ten years, I have gone through a ton of big life changes that also made being an entrepreneur challenge. The single most challenging thing was learning to balance work with life when I first became a mom. Second most challenging would be working through last year with my husband’s mother contracting the flu and ARDS. Being there for him and our family was most important. Luckily, I had joined a group of studio owners through More Than Just Great Dancing and Misty Lown who helped me put a lot of things in place over the past year to make the studio run whether or not I was present.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Dance Prodigy Studios – what should we know?
My dance studio provides ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, acro, and pointe lessons to anyone ages 18 months through adult. My personal specialty is ballet, pointe and contemporary. At Dance Prodigy Studios, we teach more than just dance, we believe in passing on life skills that our students will take with them beyond the studio. I believe that fine arts education is more than just great dancing. I recognize the values and morals of the families at our studio and it is my personal promise as a studio owner to have age appropriate music, costumes, and choreography. This is one of the big reasons why I became a Youth Protective Advocates in Dance Certified Studio Owner & Instructor. I also had my studio become YPAD Certified. All of my instructors are First Aid certified, background checked and undergo extensive training every two years to maintain our YPAD certification.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Always being a person of your word and following through. You can’t be a leader or a quality business owner if you don’t do what you say you’re going to do.

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