Dance Studio Owner – Zachari Wetz

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Day in the life of
Dance Studio Owner – Zachari Wetz

Zachari Wetz
Pas de Deux Dance Studio

My day starts by checking email and responding to questions from current and prospective families.

The next part of my day is the administrative part of the business: sending out a weekly newsletter, updating my website or social media, choreographing dances, planning classes/performances/competitions, costume or prop repair/creation, etc. I am also a part of a coaching/networking group for dance studio owners, so I have about one call with them per week for troubleshooting or professional development.

I teach classes for about 4 hours per night, Monday through Friday. During the fall I also run rehearsals on Saturday for 6 hours. I teach all ages (3 through adult) and ability levels (beginning through advanced).


  • Able to be creative: choreography, creating new productions
  • Get to work with a lot of different ages of clients
  • Get to watch my students grow up
  • Have control over the length and timing of my summer vacation
  • Knowing I have made a difference in the lives of my students
  • Getting to introduce ballet to a new generation, help dancers rekindle their love of ballet or fulfill a childhood dream of learning ballet
  • Seeing the excitement on the dancers’ faces when they see their recital costume for the first time, start learning a new dance, etc (this is the adults too)


  • I currently don’t have staff, so there are certain times of the year when my to-do list can be overwhelming. Sometimes I can have volunteers help with things, but other times it has to fall on me.
  • If a student doesn’t want to be there (meaning taking ballet was their parent’s idea), they can sometimes be difficult to handle.
  • There are always a few families who don’t read the newsletters or write important information on their calendars and then miss meetings or deadlines.
  • I occasionally have to deal with a parent who thinks their dancer is more advanced than they are, or who thinks the studio should be planned around what they want. (Luckily this doesn’t happen very often.)
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create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

Salary: $52000
Salary Rank: C
Education: Bachelor's degree
Becoming One: Hard
Job Satisfaction: Average
Job Growth: Very High
Suitable Personality: The Artist