Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
We charge based on the amount of time a student spends in class each week. The average monthly tuition for a student taking one class per week is $72 per month. A student taking 4 classes, might be at the studio for 3 hours per week, and their monthly tuition might be $138 per month. For exact tuition based on what your child(ren) would like to take, please ask the desk.
Why is tuition the same every month even if classes are missed for holidays?
Tuition is pro-rated for 36 classes over the 9 1/2 month season. It is easier for everyone to remember!
Is my pre-schooler ready for dance class?
Once a student is 3 years old and FULLY potty-trained they are ready to start class. At this age, students are ready to learn how a classroom works, to listen to the teacher, take turns and follow direction. Dance is a great way to introduce the structure of a classroom! Although your child may be resistant to the structure or seem disinterested in following directions at first, they will soon learn that they can have fun while they are following along.
Can my 2 ½ year old join the pre-school class?
If a 2 ½ year old is full potty trained, we will invite them to come to a trial class so that we see how they react in the classroom and with the older kids. Many students are not ready for dance class at this age, while some are. All of our instructors have extensive experience with young children and will know the difference between a student who is ready to adapt to the classroom and one who needs a few more months to get ready. After class your instructor will discuss with you how your child did in class and if they think she’s ready to join. We have to keep the well-being of the older students in mind, so if a student is too young and will be a distraction, they will not be allowed to join until they are 3 years old.
What do you do in a pre-school class?
Pre-school classes learn basic ballet and tap technique, stretching and class etiquette along with silly games and fun dances. All classes are tailored to the needs and ability of the class so as not to frustrate or bore students.
How many students are in a class?
6-16 students per class with one or two teachers depending on what the class requires.
Can I sit in the room to watch?
No. We have a large viewing window for parents to observe. Parents are sometimes invited in at the end of class to provide an audience.
What is the dress code? What colors do you require?
We will provide a policies and procedures guide with full dress code description. All students are required to wear their hair pulled out of their face. For ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre and all competition classes, students must wear a leotard and tights. Hip Hop classes may wear any dance or athletic attire- no school clothes. We require pink ballet slippers, black tap shoes, tan jazz shoes, tan canvas contemporary shoes. Shoes for musical theatre, hip hop and competition teams will be announced with costumes or before.
What if we change our mind?
All fees are non-refundable. You may terminate your enrollment at the end of any month by signing a form in the office and you will not be charged any further fees.
Do you do a recital?
Yes, we have an annual formal recital at the end of the spring semester- late May or early June.
Is recital mandatory?
We strongly encourage, but do not require recital. Recital is a great way for the dancers to celebrate and show off everything they have learned throughout the year! All children will participate equally in class (not extra rehearsals) even if they are not participating in recital.
How much does recital cost?
The recital fee was $100 for the 2015 recital. We so not anticipate a change for 2016. This fee covers the cost of renting the theatre and putting on the show. Tickets are free. Costume fees vary by class. Each different style of dance your child does will require it’s own costume- $65-90.
Do you have a competition team?
Yes, a springtime audition is required to join these groups for the following year. New students are added to the competition group only before summer choreography camp. New students who wish to compete in the future should join ballet, jazz and musical theatre class to prepare for the next competition season.
Can I schedule private lessons instead of taking a class?
All students must be enrolled in a class. Help sessions and private lessons may be scheduled in addition to class.