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DB entrepreneur of the month: Madhu Kashyap

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Island Dance is one of Hong Kong’s best-known dance schools, established in 1993. I took over in 2008 and run it with my daughter Nimisha and five fabulous teachers and office staff. We provide dance education to children from age 18 months to 18 years at 16 venues across the SAR. We offer RAD and ISTD exam sessions, as well as performance opportunities at community events and our annual end-of-year show.

My business is a success because we don’t just sell dance, we sell confidence! The Island Dance motto is Turning Passion into Performance. We currently inspire over 800 dancers in Hong Kong, teaching disco-freestyle, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap and Bollywood.

To succeed in business, you need to be detail oriented, and organised in time and money management. You need to be a good listener and problem solver and, of course, you have to love and believe in what you do.

My advice for someone looking to start up a business is be passionate about the product you are offering and surround yourself with positive people.

My greatest achievements are my three very confident daughters, Island Dance and being able to speak Cantonese fluently.

My plan for the future is to continue to do what I’m doing for as long as there are children out there wanting to dance, and teachers and choreographers willing to work hard and share their knowledge and passion with them unconditionally.

When hiring staff, I always ask if they love children, can handle crowds and live in small spaces… because I normally hire from overseas. Hong Kong is that kind of place, you either love it or you hate it!

The entrepreneur I most admire is Oprah. She grew up with all the odds against her and she overcame her challenges to achieve so much. Most importantly, she continues to pay it forward. I aim to follow her lead.

My favourite social media platform is Facebook.

The last person I texted was my sister in Australia.

My personal motto is Life’s too short – stay happy, healthy and positive!

• Island Dance & Discovery Bay Ballet School, DB Plaza, 2987 1571/ 9159 0663, [email protected], www.islanddance.com.hk

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