Music Licensing and Waivers and Insurance, oh my!
I’m going to guess that these details of your online movement instruction business are not your favorite part of your job. Am I right?
I’m totally with you. However these legal details are an incredibly important part of your business setup and imperative to ensuring the longevity of your work and protection of your students, yourself, and the business you have worked so hard to build.
In this course you will learn the basics of music rights and licensing, finding the right insurance for you and your classes and the information needed to create a student liability waiver that truly protects you in case of an unforeseen incident in the classroom. We will also discuss pricing considerations for the online instructional realm.
Whether you are just embarking on the exciting journey of taking your love of dance, yoga or fitness to the online teaching world or have been teaching for some time but haven’t stopped to consider these important legal details, this course will give you the information you need to get your business setup the right way now to ensure your success in the future.
I invite you to join me for – The Nitty Gritty.
“Oh my goodness, The Nitty Gritty is literally chock full of important information that anyone teaching in a studio, online, or through videotapes must know! Sahira has done her homework here. She has researched various types of music licenses. You will learn the differences between a Digital, Synchronization and Mechanical license and the policies of ASCAP and BMI. She explains the importance of professional liability insurance and student waivers. If you want to teach in any modality you need to know this important information. Plus, she will privately or on her Facebook group generously answer any questions you may have. Kudos Sahira for explaining this somewhat difficult information in a clear and concise manner!"
*** Laws and regulations vary from state to state and between countries. This course focuses on information from the United States. It is not a substitute for legal council but rather a starting point from which you can begin to understand the legalities involved in managing your online studio.
"Even as someone who has owned a studio for ten years and worked as a teacher for fifteen years, "Nitty Gritty" had so much to offer me in terms of getting my stuff straight on licensing and insurance. These things can feel so scary and overwhelming, but Sahira does a magnificent job of breaking it into bite sized pieces that even the most seasoned teacher can get something out of. Let Sahira guide you through the weeds!"
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Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.
In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, ”Arabian Spices“ and has since then been invited to teach and perform across the USA as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 she had the honor of being the first tribal instructor ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: ”Ali“ and ”Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” In 2011 she teamed up with Silvia Salamanca to release the DVD “Spanish Gypsy Passion“ and “Folkloric Combinations” was released in the Summer of 2013.
When in Houston, Sahira directs BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press. She is also founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Hips.
“I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 20 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!
What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. I’ve gained balance, confidence, poise, and come to appreciate my body and who I am… and you can too!
People have described my classes as “clear and easy to follow”, “approachable”, “a fabulous workout”. My science background comes out in my attention to detail and the way I break the movements down into their smallest component parts.
I look forward to helping others all over the world to learn and love this dance that means so much to me.
See you on the dance floor!”