Dance studio staff members benefit from:

  • Increased transparency that effectively sets expectations—building trust, loyalty, and customer satisfaction.

  • Informed families, requiring fewer staff resources to answer common questions.

  • Educated families who make better-informed decisions.

Bitten by the Dance Bug is the most current and comprehensive guide to recreational and competitive dance!


This book provides a wealth of information and keen insight into the world of recreational and competitive dance at local dance studios, for children aged 2-18, to accelerate the learning curve for up-and-coming dance parents.


This guide was written by a veteran dance mom to cover the entire journey through a child’s  life in  dance.  This is the only book in the marketplace  of this type of in-depth, all-subject coverage of dance studio life.  It has an detailed Table of Contents for searching specific topics as well as a Glossary of Terms.  This book is designed to be with you as your child develops, grows, and progresses in dance. 


  • Practical dance basics, including dance genres, dress code, level progression, and the importance of technique.

  • Factors to consider when choosing a dance studio and its recreational and competitive dance programs.

  • All aspects of dance recitals.

  • Insight into expenses—time, energy, and costs.

  • The ins-and-outs of competitions and conventions.

  • Ideas for managing relationships with studio staff and other parents and dancers.

  • Tips to enhance you and your child’s dance experience.


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"Within minutes of turning the first pages, I found myself nodding along with the tips and insights in Bitten by the Dance Bug. What a breath of fresh air and welcoming 'behind the scenes' look into the dance world through the eyes of a parent. The candour and honesty of this book is a true asset to this extraordinary industry."

Mel Rufus, Dance Studio Owners Association


"Have you ever wished there was a "how-to" guide for beginner dance moms that would explain everything in detail, from recitals, to competitions, to every-day classes? Beth Houben has written this amazing guide for parents called Bitten by the Dance Bug, and I am blown away by the amount of content packed inside this book!"  Click on the image for a detailed book review:

Haley Mathiot Smelcer, Beyond the Barre


"Bitten By the Dance Bug, A Parent’s Guide to Recreational and Competitive Dance" is  packed with comprehensive information for parents and children, from 2 to 18 years old. This is the perfect dance book for parents and an excellent way to help make the dance experience enjoyable for the entire family.”  

Tonya M. Carter, Head, Children’s Section,  Lancaster Community Library, Virginia

“I LOVE Bitten by the Dance Bug. The mother of a 9-year old dancer, I wasn’t sure what to expect as we went

into competition season. Not only is this book educational, but it is thoughtful. It is a guide for ANY dance parent (recreational or competition) to help you understand what you’re getting into! From cost and clothing, to help finding the right studio fit, this book covers it all. THANK YOU FOR WRITING A BOOK THAT FILLS A NEED!”

Chelsea Carr, Competitive Dance Mom

“There’s so much to the world of recreational and competitive dance, more than meets the eye. Bitten by the Dance Bug is packed full of valuable, insightful information that can help dance parents make decisions and plan their time, energy, and finances. With an increased level of understanding, families will have more time to enjoy their journey!”

Deborah M. Spencer, Recreational Program Director, Choreographer, and Instructor

"I just wanted to let you know how much I was impressed with your book.  As a single father who is completely ignorant to the dance world, your book is so informative, but still makes sense to even me." 

Anonymous Dance Dad
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