Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sabrina Helma, Owner of Millers Dance Studio, Inc., located in Aurora, CO, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We teach dance to all ages, from 18 months to adults. We teach ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, specialties, and ballroom for wedding preparation.
Tell us about yourself
Both of my parents owned and operated a dance school for 25 years. I grew up dancing and later started teaching for them while going to college. I then opened up my first school in 1977 in the southeast Aurora location. I also had a studio in Bennett, Castle Rock, Denver, Parker, and our latest in Southlands. I have been in business on my own for 45 years. At one time, I had 3 studio's at the same time serving 1100 students.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I have always loved spreading joy and reaching kids to express their feelings through dance.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing is finding new young teachers that only want to work with competitive students. While I also enjoy that, our recreational dancers are just as important.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Patience with your students, patience with their parents, and remind yourself that you are spreading the joy of dance to your students.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I knew at the age of 12 what I wanted to do and never looked back. Seeing my parent's love for dance truly inspired me to want to bring that joy to others.
Where can people find you and your business?
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