In my area there's non profit folkdance center. Been around for at least 25 years. It's not a studio and has no employees. Completely run by unpaid volunteers. Twice per month they put on a ballroom variety dance. Before each dance a local teaching professional conducts a 1 hour lesson. I attend most of them, some of the teachers are instructors at studios (no franchises) and some are independent instructors who teach wherever there's a floor available. They have one the nicest and largest dance floors in the region. I was speaking with the volunteer who organizes the dances this last weekend. She told me of two independent studios in town who forbid their instructors from teaching at the dances. I found it a strange policy. The studio is always given credit. Both verbally and in the written materials. The folk dance center is not competing with the studio. They don't have ballroom as part of their curriculum. It's all volunteer run folkdancing. They pay instructors $50 for the hour of teaching. What is the motivation for the policy? It seems like a good marketing opportunity for any studio. The money not so "sweet" that it would "lure" anybody anywhere. My only thought is they think their teacher will attract a following and go Indy on them. That seems like a remote possibility. The much more likely scenario to me is that a student might show up at the studio because of their experience at the dance. Those of you with experience on business side of ballroom why forbid activities like this?