Today we’re chatting with Alicia Jonas who shares how the lessons she learned in the dance classroom prepared her for running a business. She shares that dance lessons = business lessons.
Alicia graduated cum laude from Webster University where she earned a BFA in Dance and a BA in Management. Upon graduation, she went on to become a four year company member of MADCO, performing a feature role in the premier run of the production “Chimera”. She credits Webster U. with providing her with excellent dance training as well as a solid business foundation which prepared her for studio ownership.
Alicia has had the opportunity to work with prominent choreographers Robert Battle, Alcine Wiltz, Helen Myers, Michael Mizerany, Michael Foley, Joseph Mills, and Katherine Duke, Cecil Slaughter, Mikey Thomas, Alice Bloch, Rob Scoggins, Diana Barrios, and Summer Beasley, among others. She has performed at DanceNow NYC, Toronto Fringe Festival for Performing Artists, St. Louis Contemporary Moves Festival, and St. Louis Dance Festival. Alicia has also performed with aTrek Dance Collective, in AnnonyArts “Dine on Dance” series, and 60×60 Dance.
As an educator, Alicia finds fulfillment and joy in celebrating all that encompasses and defines dance. Teaching is a passion for Alicia and she enjoys sharing classes with students of all levels, but receives the most fulfillment from teaching the ‘little ones’.
She trained extensively in the Magnificent Movement™ early childhood curriculum and teaching method with program founder Susan Bennett. She now enjoys training other teachers and studio owners in Magnificent Movement™ and more business strategies through her second business, The Confident Dance Studio. Alicia’s work with Magnificent Movement™ was published in Dance Studio Life magazine in 2016 and she has recently taken the program to an international audience for certification through online courses and live workshops.
Alicia and her husband Mike are the proud parents of three sons, all of whom she credits for teaching her how to be patient, playful, and sensitive to every child’s differing personalities and learning styles.
Alicia looks forward to sharing her passion for the arts for many more years at Arts in Motion!
[1:50] How Alicia got into dance and how she started her studio?
[6:40] How did your training as a dancer prepare you to be studio owner?
[11:05] What is your thought about short term activity and long term activity?
[15:04] What do you think about the arts and how the arts can develop this future leaders?
[20:55] What is one tip that you can provide to parents incorporating the arts to their busy life?
[25:37] What are some question to make sure the company is good fit for their family?
Get connected with Alicia through their website www.artsinmotion-stl.com