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Get ready for NoHo Worldwide! The world famous Millennium Dance Complex in the NoHo Arts District announced today that it has launched a worldwide expansion effort with three new franchised studios opening in Pittsburgh, PA, Salt Lake City, UT and in Tokyo, Japan with additional franchises opening soon in the U.S. and Japan. So a studio that opened its doors in North Hollywood is now expanding all over the world. Let's give a big round of North Hollywood applause to the team at Millennium NoHo!
Known for its “best of breed” dance instruction, “A-List” celebrity clientele and famous choreographers, Millennium is franchising its winning formula and brand worldwide to provide the best dance instruction the industry has to offer to all levels of dancers anywhere in the world.
The flagship Millennium in North Hollywood, CA has been the official dance home to some of the biggest names in music today, including Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, and Pink as well as to some of the highest profile choreographers in the industry such Marty Kudelka (Justin Timberlake’s personal choreographer). Millennium is the place where L.A.’s headliners, backup dancers and their choreographers go to showcase, hone or check out new moves, or simply to get in a vigorous workout among top instructors and fellow professionals.
The Millennium name is being approved for use at qualified dance studios worldwide that wish to recreate Millennium’s concept, atmosphere, dance syllabus, and prestige to anyone who loves to dance. Ann Marie Hudson, Millennium’s Founder said, “Dance is a hot business and it is getting hotter. Everyone from young adults to parents to younger children to fitness enthusiasts sees dance as an exciting way to shape up, socialize, learn some new moves and simply have fun. But there are not any national chains that truly capture the energy and essence of today’s most popular choreography. That is a big gap that we are filling.”
The opening of the Millennium in Tokyo kicks off Millennium’s international expansion and is the first of seven franchises scheduled to open throughout Japan under the terms of Master Franchise Agreement with Millennium Japan, Inc. In addition to opening the Millennium Dance Complex in Tokyo, Millennium Japan will be responsible for developing the Millennium brand in Japan and oversee day-to-day management of franchise operations. Millennium Dance Complex USA will provide the systems necessary for Millennium Japan to sell and oversee operations of Millennium franchises in Japan, Including on-going training and support to Millennium Japan’s staff.
“There is no more recognizable or respected brand in instructional dance than Millennium,” said Shuichi Iwata, President of Millennium Japan.” After thoroughly researching the instructional dance industry, we are confident the Millennium brand will become a great success in Japan.” The company also announced the formation of an Advisory Board composed of professionals with deep expertise in varied industries including media, marketing, dance and entertainment. Advisory Board members include Anita Elberse, Harvard Business School Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration, Michael Nyman, Chairman and CEO of PMK-BNC, Robin Antin, Pussycat Dolls Founder and Entrepreneur, and Jin Lee, Vice President of Millennium Dance Complex. The Company will be announcing additional members in the near future.
The original Millennium Dance Complex was created in 1992 by Ann Marie Hudson, who was later joined in the management of the studio by her partner Robert Baker. The two initially met beneath the lights of Broadway in New York and then danced their way to fame as operators of one of the world’s premier hip-hop/modern dance studios. In addition to today’s top music headliners that have trained at the legendary studio, its legacy also includes Michael Jackson, who used Millennium Dance Complex to hold auditions for his tours and videos, and “Pussycat Dolls” creator Robin Antin who formed the group at the studio. A variety of television shows and segments have been filmed on-site including the MTV hit “Dancelife” with Jennifer Lopez.
While demand is growing for high-quality contemporary dance instruction, the few long-established chains currently offer more traditional types of dance and do not focus on the latest techniques of contemporary dance. Many mom-and-pop independents, on the other hand, are struggling to handle the challenges of owning and operating a successful studio. The Millennium franchise program will offer those looking for a change from either of these situations, a fresh new opportunity.
Non-Dancers Franchisees Need Not Shy Away
“We have a great opportunity for any dancer or choreographer who has ever wanted to own their own studio, but we’re not only looking for those who have personally come up through a career in dance,” said Hudson. “We’re more interested in franchisees with good management and general business skills. If you have two left feet but a sharp mind for business, we’d definitely love to hear from you.”
Single, multi-unit and master franchise opportunities are available in markets throughout the US and abroad. Those interested should visit http://millenniumdancecomplex.com/millennium-dance-franchising/millennium or contact Robert Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818 645-5321.
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“I never expected to make a penny from this,” says AnnMarie Baker, the Co-Founder and Co-Owner, along with husband Robert Baker, of famed Millennium Dance Complex- one of the leading, most renowned dance studios in the country, located in creative hub NoHo Arts District. Her words practically drip with irony as we sit inside this 12,000 square foot building, complete with six fully-equipped studios that house jazz, hip hop, tap and ballet classes to name a few. The space is also rented out for audition, rehearsal and casting purposes as well, with inspirational quotes perfectly displayed on the walls.