A few years into my dance studies I was in the studio rehearsing a group jazz combination when an aggravated student turned to our teacher and impatiently spat, “I can’t dance in here, it’s too crowded.” A dance teacher of the old school, she didn’t miss a beat and replied, “Bad dancers blame the floor.. If you want to get anywhere you better learn to dance on a dime..”
As dance teachers we not only have to teach our students to “dance on a dime” but we often have to live on one too. A life in dance is a great one, but can require budgeting here and there. With continuous budgeting, it is helpful to refresh and remind ourselves of our options for saving money. In this vein, we here at CDEA want to share some resources that we find useful and/or promising.
While spaghetti dinners are great in a pinch, and grants are worth their weight in gold, more and more people are employing crowdfunding sites to back their ventures. With growing demand, there is now various platforms in addition to “kickstarter,” “gofundme,” or “indiegogo.” If you are searching for more clarity in this arena try checking out the below graphic from inc.com to assist you in finding the crowdfunding site that’s right for you.
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Interested in “Loan Forgiveness?”
Navigating the waters of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programs to help pay off student loans can be a confusing nightmare. This article offers a few pointers and insights into the process.
DIY Dollar Store Finds and Projects
When in need of clever cost effective ideas for making educational tools or environments, try looking over DIY project lists that individuals create and share through Pinterest, buzzfeed, or a quick Google search. Here is one for tackling organization…
P.S… Don’t stress about lists like this.. True, thoughts like “When will I have the time for that?” may surface, but if you read that a dollar store sells storage bins for a dollar.. That’s only a dollar—go pick up the bins and there you are.. On the road to being more organized..
Economic Wellness-Work and Travel Accommodations
Being active in dance and the world of teaching can take a toll on our bodies and minds. For myself, I have recently needed to invest in acupuncture and body work to heal from injuries and to maintain my body while teaching in summer sessions. Needing economic options has led me to livingsocial.com to cut costs down by 2/3s. Whether you need economic body work, a weekend away, or want an inexpensive dinner out, try investigating these sites.
Food, travel, wellness, and more..
Living Social: https://www.livingsocial.com
Couch Surfing: https://www.couchsurfing.com
***Zackary Forcum is a Dance Teaching Artist, who is attending Mills College Dance MFA Program, and sits on CDEA’s Greater Board***