The #FinanceYourDance Survival Plan: 5 Steps To Help Dancers Thrive In A Tough Economy


Photo: Ashani Mfuko, Creator of The Finance Your Dance Movement


“5 Steps To Help Dancers Thrive In A Tough Economy”

Dance artists of all kinds, of all genres, and at various stages of their career are in search of ways to thrive, not just survive in the new economy that we are living in. It is crucial for us as dancers, choreographers, dance educators, and dancerpreneurs, to adopt a new way of thinking, and a new way of approaching our businesses and brands, if we want to create financial stability. Below are my five steps to help dancers to thrive in a new economy. There is a jpeg below, so feel free to right click on it and click save as, to download it, so that you can share it on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc., or even print it out, and post it on your wall.

The Finance Your Dance Survival Plan

“5 Steps To Help Dancers Thrive In A Tough Economy”


1. Treat Your Brand Like A Business.

     • Your Social Media Marketing Success Recipe: A Blog, Facebook page, Twitter profile, YouTube channel, e-mail marketing newsletter.

     • Know the answers to these questions: What is my purpose/mission? Who is my target audience? How will I reach them? What is my marketing strategy? What makes me different & unique from others in my field? How will my brand create revenue?


2. Create Multiple Streams of Income.

     • You have many marketable skills that people will pay for. Discover what you’re passionate about, what you’re naturally good at, and find ways to turn your passion into profit.

     • Create ways to earn passive, residual income, i.e. books, dvd’s, mp3’s, clothing, products, services, online courses, etc. If you have the money, learn how to invest in stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.


3. Invest In Yourself. Learn New Skills. Try Something New.

     • Invest in learning more and getting training in marketing, branding, social media, financial management, and successful business practices. Find a successful mentor or coach to help guide you along the way.

     • Be willing and ready to change, adapt, take risks, fail, try again, learn, and step out of your comfort zone. You won’t know what you can do, until you try something new.


4. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.

   • Feed yourself positive, “can do” thoughts and affirmations. Your thoughts and your words have power. You will create a self-fulfilling prophecy, so speak what you want to see. Positive change starts with you. No one else can do it for you.

   • Surround yourself with positive, forward-thinking people, who are going where you want to go, and will motivate, encourage, and inspire you to grow, and reach your goals.


5. Value Yourself. Set Boundaries. Stick To Them.

     • Know your worth, and set your priorities based on your personal & professional goals and values. Learn how to say ‘no’ to what “sounds good”, so that you can say ‘Yes!’ to what’s best for you.

     • Respect yourself, and don’t give away your hard-earned skills, talents, gifts, and abilities for free all the time. God blessed you with these gifts so that you can provide value to others, while providing for yourself, your needs, and your livelihood. Value yourself, and everyone else will too!


What are your personal survival tips for dancers? If you have more tips, please post them in the comments below.


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