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 email@example.com 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.
Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge for "So You Think You Can Dance" created National Dance Day and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S. National Dance Day is an annual event and "grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move!" This event occurs annually on the last Saturday of July so mark your calendars, NoHo.
Nigel has been tweeting up a storm about National Dance Day, a.k.a. D-Day. He said the goal is to "prove that the 'Power of Dance' can MOVE an entire Country!" So get up off the couch North Hollywood and put on your dancing shoes this Saturday, July 30!
Starting Friday, June 29 and continuing until August 14, NoHo's gorgeous El Portal Theatre will host the Nvitational dance festival. YES! 18 days of pure dance...and joy. The Nvitational is a series of events featuring dance from America's fiercest choreographers, including the festival's Artistic Director, Dee Caspary and notables Marty Kudelka, Mandy Moore, Kitty McNamee, Ryan Heffington, Bubba Carr, Peter Chu, Tabitha and Napoleon, Tovaris Wilson, Kevin Maher, Eddie Garcia, Justin Giles, Scott Hislop, Terry Beeman, Jennifer Hamilton, Dana Wilson, Adam Parson, Nina McNeely, Helene Phillips, Erica Sobol, David Moore, Tessandra Chavez, Mark Meismer, Amanda Leise, Gustovo Vargas, CJ Salvador, Kim DelGrosso, Wes Veldink, and more to be announced.
These choreographers and their work have been seen worldwide on music videos and concert tours; on stage for operas and musical theatre; and the hit American television shows "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars," and "America's Best Dance Crew." For the first time, these choreographers will collaborate on world premiere dance pieces with each other, featuring dancers from their own companies as well as 75 hand-picked dancers from across the country.
We're getting our all-day passes...you'll know where to find the NoHo Team.
The Dollface Dames are BACK! Saturday, July 30 at 8PM head over to our pals at Skinny's Lounge to be entertained by not only the sure sensuality of this show, but the humor and theatricality provided by these super fly Dames. It's the perfect mix of theatre, dance, comedy and burlesque all rolled into one.
The Dollface Dames - Click here to view Calendar Listing
We love Millennium Dance Complex. We'd buy a t-shirt that said that and wear it oh so proudly. This is NoHo's dance crown jewel. Millennium, as we call it for short, is known worldwide as the premier studio of the commercial dance world and is referred to as a 'the place where it all happens'. Although the studio's A-list clientele and the most sought-after dancers and choreographers have catapulted Millennium to a global brand, it still remains welcoming and dedicated to the highest level of service and instruction. You have to visit millenniumdancecomplex.com and check out their pages and pages of dance videos. Simply mesmerizing.
Well-known choreographers and NoHo business owners Napoleon and Tabitha are best known for their lyrical hip hop choreo on "So you Think You Can Dance and MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew. But we're proud to have Tabitha and Napoleon in the NoHo Arts District down the street from the world famous Millennium Dance Complex. So check out their great urban dancewear shop, Nappytabs, at 5152A Lankershim Blvd. Open Monday - Saturday. Be sure to check them out at El Portal's Nvitational Dance Festival!
This is Napoleon and Tabitha's work in action..whoaaaa.
Yep, we're proud of the uber talented folks we have in North Hollywood, especially in our one-mile arts district. Take a class, see a show and support DANCE.