Thanks for your interest in writing a guest contribution for Dance Advantage.
We welcome guest posts from other dance teachers, students, parents, professionals, or those knowledgeable in related fields. If you have an interest in writing, own your own blog, or are a non-profit organization, appearing as a guest contributor is a great way to establish or advance your presence and authority within the online dance community or pass on or pay forward your wisdom to others involved in dance education. To help you write an effective article for this site and to help me quickly prepare your post for publishing, here are some tips and guidelines for contributors:
Who To Write For
- Dance students (recreational or pre-professional – children, teens, college, or adults)
- Dance teachers (teaching concert dance forms like ballet, modern, jazz, tap in just about any setting)
- Dance school/studio owners (for-profit or non-profit)
- Dance parents (with children of any age in recreational or pre-professional programs)
What I Am Looking For
- VALUE! I am looking for articles that are useful AND educational for readers.
- I am looking for content not published elsewhere. The post you are writing must be unique and original content exclusively for the use of Dance Advantage.
- I am looking for well-written, quality content. You need not be or write like a professional wordsmith. The best articles communicate clearly, simply, focus on one topic at a time, and provide a new spin or way of looking at a topic.
- I am not looking for posts with a lot of self promotion. Let your content speak for itself. Self-linking is usually best left to your bio but will be evaluated case-by-case.
- I am looking for posts that fit with the others on this blog. Write from your own perspective, using your own unique “voice,” but take time to familiarize yourself with past articles and create a post that will fit well among our other content.
- Personal experience is a plus. Accurate information and research is important, but writers should be able to offer some personal experience (their own or that of interviewed subjects). Dance Advantage is not an article farm. We don’t settle for common denominator content that skims the surface. This is why we have great readership.
As editor, I have the right to refuse content and the right to make changes to anything appearing on the blog.
Guest Post Guidelines
☛ Images: When formatting your post, please do not add inline images unless you are familiar and can provide WordPress-ready html. Let me know if you have your own copyright-free photographs/graphics for possible use in the article.
☛ Bio: Author bios are not only welcome, but encouraged. We want readers to be identify the source of their information. Three or four sentences is preferred. A reasonable number of links (1 or 2) to your own website or social accounts are allowed. Please include your bio at the bottom of your submission. I will request your headshot later.
☛ Length: Your post may be as long as it takes to cover you subject. Generally our posts rest between 600 and 1000 words. If your post is 1800+ words, it very likely I’ll ask you to edit or split it into multiple posts.
☛ Body Links: Hyperlinks in the article body are allowed but are subject to removal. All links should be relevant, add value to the content you offer, and link to high-quality sites not likely to disappear next week (including links to other Dance Advantage articles is a plus). I prefer relevant/descriptive text to be used as the hyperlink, versus something like [link] or ‘click here’. Affiliate links will not be accepted.
☛ Editing: Please don’t be offended if I ask you to tweak your article. I want your article to stand out and be the best it can be. If I am asking you to make alterations, or submit a new draft, it is because I see something special in what you’ve written so far. As Editor, I will perform quality control (correcting simple grammar or spelling errors). I may occasionally make some cuts or rearranging. It is your responsibility to properly cite sources and check facts.
☛ Thanks But No Thanks: If your article is refused, feel free to go back to the drawing board. You may want to revisit this page.
Reasons I Might Refuse An Article
- Your article isn’t what I’m looking for (see above).
- Your topic is too close to something recently covered on the blog. I’m okay with revisiting topics, as long as they bring new perspective.
- Your article has not been proofread. If English is not your native language, readers should not be able to tell.
- Your article is not engaging – this is the most difficult to explain but please refer to the bit about common denominator content above.
The key is to provide something truly valuable for the reader – it is better for me and my site and you will gain respect and authority for your company or website. Take the time to create a submission that fits.
Note: Guest posts by book authors or single-product companies will be considered for guest posts on a case by case basis. If you represent a for-profit company or organization, Dance Advantage would love to work with you to develop a successful native advertising campaign that informs and provides value to our readers.
What To Do If Your Article IS Accepted
Do a happy dance and then wait. This is a busy blog and I’m a busy gal. I generally schedule posts in advance, so your post may not appear for a while on the blog.
Once I’ve given you a date for publishing, I reserve the right to reschedule, though I will do my very best to give you a heads up and provide a new date.
Once the post is published, I encourage you to promote it. Talk about and link to it on your own blog, tweet it, share it on Facebook, Pinterest, tell your students/co-workers… it’s no secret that a blogger is more likely to have you back if you’ve generated some good buzz.
Speaking of having you back… if you’ve been published here before, you are welcome to submit again. The same criteria applies. Guest posting is often the first step to becoming a regular contributor.
Following the above guidelines increase the likelihood of getting published here at Dance Advantage and getting your article the attention it deserves.
Ready to Submit?
Articles may be submitted in rich text or in a Word document. Use the following form to submit your article.
Please place the word GUEST and your post topic or headline in the subject line. If you don’t, your request will be ignored.
If you do not hear from me within 10 days, your guest post has not been accepted and you are free to publish elsewhere. While I would like to respond to every inquiry, it’s just become impossible. A non-response does not always mean you won’t hear from me in the future about other writing possibilities. Also, I invite you to try other articles.