The 2020 Business of Dancers Guide

January 13, 2021

A list of artist-led businesses. Compiled by Lauren Manning & Dee Dee Castro

To list your business, please visit:


Caitlin Trainor


[email protected]

Instagram: @mydancio

Dancio provides on-demand dance with the world’s best teachers of ballet, contemporary modern, and jazz teachers, available for a la carte or subscription rentals by individuals and organizations. We provide authentic and excellent quality dance for people who like to move. Our world-class teachers, including Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet, Julie Kent of Washington Ballet, and Khalia Campbell of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, teach classes of all levels from absolute beginner to pro level. In addition to on-demand classes, Dancio offers live virtual instruction with celebrated teachers (DancioLIVE) and a soon to be launched audio-only somatics series (DancioLISTEN). Dancio is currently building partnerships with esteemed studios around the world.

Anna Roween Jewelry

Anna Schnaitter

New York, NY

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Instagram: @annaroweenjewelry

When live performances to packed houses came to a sudden halt, Anna Schnaitter took the cue to fully devote herself to her childhood passion, making jewelry. Until recently Anna had been a company member of NYC’s immersive cult hit Sleep No More. While dancing in such shows as the Broadway National Tour of Pippin, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, 30 Rock, and Smash, she continuously built her jewelry collection, creating art with an ability to connect imagination to the physical world.

Anna Roween jewelry is handmade in NYC. Self-taught with decades of experience, Anna created her own techniques for intricate beadwork. Specializing in elemental, nature-inspired mosaics each piece is one of a kind, wearable art celebrating the innately perfect patterns of our universe. Her fascination with sacred geometry combines with spontaneity, diverse color palettes, and perfect symmetry. These artistic creations are a meditation imbued with healing energy, so surround yourself with dynamic art and see your own creativity ignite.

The Ballet Glider by KAS

Kathryn Sullivan

New York, NY


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Facebook: @TheBalletGliderbyKAS

Instagram: #balletglider

The ballet glider is a valuable tool for barre work, reasonably priced, and a fun accessory. This 8 x11 fleece sleeve, attached to barre by velcro, is ideal for barre stretches providing a comfortable slide on the barre and cushioning the Achilles tendon. It is also an effective way to encourage dancers not to grip the barre; holding a movable sleeve makes the dancer aware that any action forward or back requires their weight to change; this encourages them to work both sides of the torso at barre which results in more stability in center. The Glider is washable for good hygiene and reversible! Our four most popular styles are shown on the website, other styles are available upon request, wholesale and bulk prices available.

Bonnie Wallace Dance

Los Angeles, CA


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Instagram: @bonniewallacedance

LinkedIn: Bonnie Wallace

One of the best things to be said about dance is that there’s no end to it, and for those who live in this magical world it has a stronghold. It used to be that the expression of dance depended on location. Not anymore. Bonnie Wallace offers an exciting new direction on Zoom.

She doesn’t just cater to the practiced stage performer. Her approach is that there’s a place for everyone and that each individual’s decision to dance is personal. It’s for this reason no two dancers are identical. Each person puts into it something of themself, their very own soul.

Wallace believes that dance is color, movement, and an extra dimension of expression, wordless but powerful. It is something that everyone can enjoy. Since the end result is so rewarding making time for dance is a valuable aspect of living. So make some room, Zoom in, and move.

The Conservatory at Northeast School of Ballet

The Conservatory at NSB, located in Reading MA, is designed for select individuals, ages 12 to 20, who are at a crucial point in their artistic development. This advanced level of ballet training allows a young female or male artist the opportunity to mature before entering the inevitable challenges of professional careers and higher education in dance. Dancers invited to participate in the Conservatory Program will be chosen from NSB’s Trainee Division, Summer Intensive Programs, and annual auditions. Artistic Director, Denise Cecere, has assembled an inspiring faculty including Joseph Jefferies (Assistant to the Director), Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux (Danseur Etoile at The Paris Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet) and Megan Jenkins (Academic Mentor), to provide comprehensive dance education for the next generation of dancers. A faculty of professional instructors teach classes in ballet technique, pointe, partnering, variations, men’s virtuoso technique, repertoire, modern, contemporary, jazz, ballroom, tap, improvisational skills, and cross-training, including yoga and Pilates. Conservatory trainees have the opportunity to perform throughout the school year. If you want to take your training to the next level and nurture the artist in you, learn more about The Conservatory at NSB at

Hope Garden Ballet

Poolesville, MD


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Hope Garden is a relatively small professional ballet school in Maryland, in operation for 22 years. We offer pre-professional and recreational classes, ages 4 – 18, with a full-length story ballet twice a year, which always includes the classics. We use the Vaganova method, with yearly exams and a rigorous pre-professional program. During the COVID shut down, we did about 6 weeks of Zoom ballet, which was excruciating, and then, being the rebel that I am, and for the sake of my precious, diligent students, I opened up in a limited fashion. I started with private and semi-private lessons and was prepared to even be arrested for the dancers’ sake. This was for their mental health…dancers gotta move! We followed safety protocols and common sense. We are “legal” now!


Pleasant Grove, UT


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Facebook: @joandjax

Instagram: @joandjax

TikTok: @joandjax

Jo+Jax is a leader in dancewear, creating some of the most unique, innovative and comfortable dance and activewear in the market.

Though originally designed for dancers, others involved in gymnastics, yoga, pilates, and more find that Jo+Jax products give them all the function they need with designs that stand out.

Jo+Jax continues to create new designs for dance and activewear that are tailor-made for superior fit, function, and style. Our dedicated and passionate team is committed to delivering high-quality products that are continuously evolving to meet the technical needs of dancers, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts everywhere.

Marylloyd Claytor Dance Company

Pittsburgh, PA


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LinkedIn: Dr. Marylloyd Claytor

The Marylloyd Claytor Dance Company is dedicated to creating and performing original modern dance. This is MCDC’s 45th Anniversary and we remain dedicated to our preparation, performance, and preservation initiative. The synergy of MCDC is dance, music, fiber arts, and photography coming to audiences through various electronic video platforms and live performance. MCDC endeavors to bring our performing art to you where and when you want it. Study Marylloyd Claytor Technique, be a part of the company performing the MCDC repertoire, or plan your career and get your career on track through RCG Research Consulting Group, the educational arm. Celebrate with Dr. Claytor beginning in November with digitized MCDC photos, original choreography, and original electronic music. MCDC is a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. All contributions support new repertoire and preservation of MCDC repertoire.

Nutcracker Ballet Gifts

Asheville, NC

Esmee Dorf


[email protected]

Facebook: @NutcrackerBalletGifts

Instagram: @nutballetgifts

Nutcracker Ballet Gifts has been built on the magic that is the Nutcracker, and all the experiences it creates. As a young dancer, it was the event of the year, filled with camaraderie, joy, and wonder that I looked forward to with great excitement year after year. Now 27 years in business, we are inextricably tied to our customers’ success, and I think that is why we have such great, lasting relationships with them.

We are dedicated to our customers success and hope through new programs, we can continue to spread the magic of the season while supporting the customers who have supported us for so many years. Nutcracker Ballet Gifts is always striving towards equality, diversity and inclusion. Through shared experiences and traditions that bind, we are dedicated to bringing everyone to the stage and let all voices be heard.

Quinte Ballet School

Belleville, Ontario


Catherine Taylor, Artistic Director


[email protected]

Facebook: @quinteballetschool

Instagram: @quinteballetschool

Twitter: @QuinteBallet

Based in Canada, QBSC offers a Professional Training Program (Grades 7 to 12) from September to June and Summer Dance Intensive Program (by audition to professional & open program). QBSC Faculty and staff are dedicated to creating an inspiring and supportive environment that nurtures talented young people towards a career in dance. QBSC provides a versatile dance curriculum grounded in classical ballet technique in addition to classes in pointe, boy’s work, modern, jazz, hip hop, classical and contemporary repertoire, and flamenco dance. Past graduates of the professional training program have entered post-graduate dance studies and have gone on to successful careers in both Canada and International companies.

ROLE CALL: College Admissions for Dancers

Contact: Sarah

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ROLE CALL is an easy-to-follow college prep program specifically designed to help dancers apply to college and university. It was co-founded by a mother-daughter duo: Sarah Horne, a choreographer and dance consultant for 15 years and Suzanne Jeffrey, an international college counselor of 35 years. Applying to school can be overwhelming and stressful. ROLE CALL is here to reduce your anxiety and help ease your path to university. We’ll walk you through: finding the right college, writing the perfect essay, how to get scholarships, audition process tips, careers in dance…and a whole lot more! We believe that each dancer has a unique story to share and a path to follow – and we can’t wait to see yours unfold.

Rosalie & Alva of Ballet and Allied Arts

San Pedro, CA


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Are you a studio owner or a dance teacher looking for an additional location, or to start your own studio?

The Rosalie and Alva School of Ballet and Allied Arts, a legacy ballet school/performance theatre located in the Los Angeles area is established and move-in ready.

The school’s history started in 1952 with a love story between Rosalie and Alva. They met in 1940 while dancing at the Miramar Hotel and started their career as a dance team in 1941. They pioneered in television, theatre and several motion pictures together. They worked as a team from 1941 to 1956, traveling in the USA and abroad. In 1952, Alva built Rosalie her own beautiful dance studio and theatre in San Pedro, California.

Here, they settled down to a teaching career performing in their own productions. The school has been temporarily closed and is in search for someone to carry on the tradition established years ago.

Rose City Ballet

Renée Noëlle Meiffren, eBallet Mistress // ABT® Certified Teacher


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My interactive online eBallet studio, Rose City Ballet School, seeks to share ballet with people all over the world in the spirit of its mission: Warmth. Excellence. Diversity. (All people // All ages // All levels) I am the only teacher and I speak both English and French. It is my joy to carry forward the treasure trove of ballet wisdom offered to me by my outstanding teachers. I want to see each dancer flourish. My beginning and intermediate group classes and private lessons aim to plant seeds of technical/artistic health while cultivating a solid ballet foundation. My advanced private lessons provide dancers with tools to unlock technical potential and discover artistic nuances. My private lesson menu is innovative and effective. I am intentional in speech, show the exercises with professional quality, and plan my classes in accordance with the excellent curriculum laid out by AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® and all my previous world-class training. Dance with you soon!