Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in dance education but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Radhanath Thialan, Associate Artistic Director of Yaya Dance Academy, located in City of Industry, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am running a dance studio with Yaya Zhang, and our customers are mainly dance lovers. We have mainly American Born Chinese (ABCs) and other ethnicities who are interested in learning Chinese cultural and folk dances. Our specialty is a fusion of Chinese and contemporary dances.

Tell us about yourself

I never thought that I would be a dance instructor but more of a choreographer. However, I am very passionate about dance, and coming to work every day doesn't feel like work. Seeing these students grow, children or adults, fulfills my heart, and I adore them a lot. I also love to spread my love for dance and share my passion with like-minded people, some that may be the future in the field.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I feel like being able to cater and plant a seed for future generations in dance education would be my biggest accomplishment.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

You give up a 9 to 5 job to work 24/7. You never stop working, but it's very fulfilling to see these kids grow.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be passionate about what you are doing.
  2. Be responsible.
  3. Be kind.

Where can people find you and your business?


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