If you own a dance studio, then you know that putting on a recital is no small feat. There are so many details to take care of, and one of the most important—and often overlooked—aspects is ticketing. After all, how can your dancers take the stage if there's no one in the audience to watch them perform?
The good news is that we're here to help. In this blog post, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about dance recital ticketing, from how to set up your tickets to selling them online. By the time you're finished reading, you'll be an expert on all things dance recital ticketing!
The first step in setting up your dance recital tickets is to decide what type of tickets you want to use. Will you be selling physical tickets that your patrons can hold in their hands, or will you be using digital tickets that they can access on their phones or computers? There are pros and cons to both options, so it's important to weigh your options and choose the type of ticket that will work best for your particular recital.
If you decide to go with physical tickets, you'll need to purchase them from a ticket printing company. Be sure to order enough tickets for everyone who will be attending the recital, plus a few extras in case some get lost or damaged. Once you have your tickets, you'll need to fill in all of the pertinent information, such as the date, time, and location of the event. You may also want to include a seating chart so that your patrons know where they will be sitting.
If you decide to go with digital tickets, you'll need to create them using a ticketing software like Stage Stubs. Be sure to include all of the same information that you would on a physical ticket, plus any additional instructions that your patrons might need (such as how to download the Stage Stubs app). Once your digital tickets are created, you can sell them directly through the Stage Stubs website or app.
Now that your tickets are all set up and ready to go, it's time to start selling them! If you're using physical tickets, you can sell them at the door on the day of the event or in advance through a ticket software like Stage Stubs. You can also set up an online box office where your patrons can purchase tickets 24/7. To do this, simply create an account and upload your seating chart. Then, start promoting your online box office through social media and email marketing so that your patrons know where they can buy tickets.
If you're using digital tickets, selling them is even easier—simply direct your patrons to your listing or Stage Stubs event page. You can promote these links through social media and email marketing just like you would an online box office. And because digital tickets can be purchased anytime, anywhere, there's no need to worry about sold-out shows!
If you've ever been to a dance recital, you know that they can be expensive. Between the tickets, the programs, and the concessions, it's not uncommon for a parent to to spend over $100 just to see their child perform for a few minutes. And if you have more than one child in the recital, or if you want to bring grandparents or other family members, the cost can quickly spiral out of control.
If you're looking for a way to watch the recital without spending any money at all, live streaming is a great option. Many dance studios now offer live streaming of their recitals so that parents and family members can watch from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection and a device on which to watch (a computer, laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone).
If you're set on attending the recital in person, there are still ways to get discounted tickets. Check with your local dance studio to see if they offer any discounts for purchasing tickets in advance or for large groups. You may also be able to find coupons or promo codes online that can be used to purchase tickets at a discount.
Although it's not the same as seeing the final performance, going to a dress rehearsal can be a great way to save money on tickets while still getting to see your child perform. Dress rehearsals are typically open to the public at a discounted rate, and they often take place on the same stage with the same lighting and sound as the final performance.
Another way to save money on tickets is by volunteering at the event itself. Many dance studios will offer free or discounted tickets in exchange for help with set-up, tear-down, concessions, or other tasks that need to be done before, during, and after the recital. This is a great option if you have some extra time and you're looking for a way to give back to your child's studio.
If all else fails, you can always wait until after the show is over to purchase tickets. This method won't work if you want good seats, but it's an option if you don't mind sitting in the back or standing room only. Oftentimes, dance studios will sell leftover tickets at a discounted rate after the show is over so that they don't go to waste. This is also a good option if you want to avoid crowds and long lines.
As you can see, there's a lot that goes into dance recital ticketing. But don't let that overwhelm you—just take things one step at a time and follow our guide closely and you'll be an expert in no time! Thanks for reading and good luck with your upcoming recital!
There are many ways that you can save money on dance recital tickets without sacrificing your child's performance experience. Live streaming is a great option if you're looking for a free way to watch the recital from anywhere in the world. You can also save money by purchasing discounted tickets in advance or by going to a dress rehearsal instead of the final performance. If you're willing to volunteer your time, many studios will offer free or discounted tickets in exchange for help with set-up, tear-down, concessions, or other tasks that need to be done before, during, and after the event. Finally, if all else fails, you can always wait until after the show is over and purchase leftover tickets at a discounted rate so that they don't go to waste. Whatever method you choose, make sure that you enjoy watching your child perform!
Founder and CEO of Stage Stubs, online ticketing software built specifically for performing arts and dance events in the UK. He has over two decades of experience in SaaS B2B industry, having worked in senior IT positions for some of the world’s leading companies. Matt has played a key role in developing both International Dance Supplies Limited’s online presence and Raviga Group’s award-winning software products. Passionate about helping businesses grow, Matt is always looking for new ways to improve the customer experience and drive sales through innovative technology solutions.
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