Hello, my name is Robert Thomas. My wife Miyoko and I have been dance studio operators since 1978. At one time we had as many as six studios. A few years ago my wife was ill and could not work (She is fine now :), but she was out for about two years : 0... I went in to teach her classes and let the management work go to hired employees... Big Mistake O :<... After complaining to a friend (Salman) of mine that has a small software company here in Iowa ( Iowa State University developed the first computer), he told me that much of what is done by the Desk Manager can be automated and put into an online software application that can be monitored from anywhere with an internet connection... I was impresses and we spent the next three years and lots of money developing this system..:) . We have been using it exclusively in our schools now for the last 18 months and have cut or costs by 75%, improved efficiency and I am back doing what I love and am good at, this is teaching and dialoging with the parents about the talents and directions for their children.. Billing, payments, scheduling, pay rolling, registration, attendance is all done almost automatically... Also, I can keep a trusted friend who started the business with us as manager to overlook the system and customer service needs when she has free moments of time. She was not able to work with us after her 3 children were born. She doesn't need to come to the office and can work from home and with a laptop, go over e-mails and issues between homeruns at her son's baseball game.. Customer service is a big issue and we all have "day jobs" but if you are interested, let me know. It helped us. Maybe this system can help you!!
Please let me know if I can be of more help to you.
Robert Thomas Dancenter Online
PO Box 253
319 South 17th St
Ames IA 50010
515-232-3187 (Home Office)
Robert Thomas an Iowa native, studied dance in Iowa as a child with Ann Dirksen. In 1964, with the help of Ms. Dirksen, Robert received a dance scholarship to Ted Shawn's Jacob's Pillow in Lee, Mass. From the summer of 1964-1967, Robert retained a position in the highly competitive Harkness Ballet trainee program in New York City.
In 1967, at age 19, Robert joined the Harkness Ballet of New York. With the Harkness Ballet, Robert toured the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. When the first Harkness company disbanded in 1969, Robert was offered a position with The Stuttgart Ballet, The National Ballet Contemporair, The Joffrey Ballet, The Geneva Ballet, and the second Harkness company. Accepting a position with the Joffrey Ballet, Robert performed in New York, throughout the United States, Europe and Russia. Robert Thomas has been guest artist with The Andre Eglevesky Ballet Co., Lar Lubovitch Dance Co., Jack Cole, and Stuart Hodes Ballet Close-Ups. Robert has performed in over 70 major works, which include ballets by choreographers such as Ailey, Arpino, Balanchine, Boris, Cole, Cranko, Folkine, Harkarvey, Hodes, Joffrey, Lubovitch, Massing, Neumeier, Petipa, Rivera, Saddles, Sappington, Severs, Van Dancing, Walker, and Willed. Robert Has appeared in a variety of media: from opera to stage to television. From 1984-1986 Robert Thomas was assistant BalletMaster to the Joffrey Ballet.