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The Salary of a Dance Studio Owner

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Owning a dance studio may be an exciting business venture; however, a dance studio owner must coordinate her responsibilities to the business side of owning the business, in addition to managing the activities being offered to aspiring dance students. A dance studio owner is responsible for hiring and training dance instructors, creating programs and scheduling dance classes and performances.


The salary of a dance studio owner may vary depending on the local demographics, geographic location, the size of the studio and the type of dance lessons being offered to the public. The reputation of a studio is often determined by the potential customers’ interest in the dance studio and the diversity of classes, in addition to the amount of required fees associated with taking the classes, such as the tuition, performance fees and dance wear. New dance studio owners may start with a small studio offering a limited amount of services and grow their businesses as they build their customer base and increase their profits.

Class Fees

There are various factors that affect the income of a dance studio owner. Much of the income may depend on the type of classes and schedule options for each class. For instance, a dance studio owner may focus on offering dance instruction for children or adult dance lessons. The costs for the classes may depend on whether the owner allows the students to pay small fees for drop-in classes or requires some or all of the students to register for the classes in advance. Additionally, the number of students registered with the dance studio impacts the studio owner’s profits and income.


Like all business owners, the profits of dance studios depend on the annual revenue the business generates. The website "Anything Research" reveals the products and services that generate income for dance companies, which include admissions to live performances, government grants, contributions, gifts, investment income and gains from sold assets. After subtracting the business operating expenses, such as employee salaries, advertising, rent and building maintenance, any excess income constitutes the business profits. Some dance studio owners may choose to pay themselves a specific salary amount and include the salary within the operating expenses. Other dance studio owners may choose to pay themselves a portion of the profits; in this instance, their salaries may change each month or year.


According to the "Indeed" website, the average salary of a dance studio owner for nationwide job postings is $67,000. Some dance studio owners use their facilities to build dance and performing arts companies. According to "Simply Hired," a dance company owner earns an average salary of $38,000.


Marie Huntington has been a legal and business writer since 2002 with articles appearing on various websites. She also provides travel-related content online and holds a Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School.