~can my 2 year old take class?
We start students at age 3. Most students are ready for the structure
of dance class by age 3 although a few do better to start a little
later. We can usually tell within the first 3-4 weeks of class if they are
ready or not. Our cut-off date for turning 3 and enrolling in our Main
Session is September 30th.
Our PreDance Combo Classes are grouped in
- Level A- 3-4 year olds with no dance class experience
- Level B- 4 year olds with dance class experience & 5-6 year
olds with no dance class experience
- Level C- 5-6 year olds with two to three years dance class
- Level D- Also known as Ballet/Tap, is a transition year for
our 6-8 year olds between the PreDance Combos and Open Division
~do I need to wear anything special or are shorts and a t-shirt okay
All students are required to be in dance clothes, a leotard and tights are
preferred for girls.
Just like the uniform worn for sports teams, your leotard is your dance
"uniform." The type of shoes needed depends on the type of class.
For more on our complete dress code, click
We have a variety of dance shoes available for sale at the studio or we can
direct you to other retailers in the area if needed.
~how long are your sessions? when can I sign up?
Our main session runs with the school year, late August or early
September through early June. Our main session ends with our
annual recital. Sign-up begins in June for the following fall and we
registration once costumes are ordered in December or early Januaray.
We also offer two or three short sampler sessions during the summer
months. The summer sessions usually run 3-5 weeks. Sign-ups
for summer classes begin in May. There is no recital for our
summer sessions, but parents are invited in to watch class the last
of each session.
~i'm thirteen and have never taken dance class. will I be in
class with 6 year olds?
We have beginning level classes for ages 3-adult. Above the PreDance
Combo levels they are grouped as listed below. Then within the
different age levels, there are also different ability levels.
Our basic age guidelines are-
- Primary Level- 1st-3rd graders
- Elementary Level- 3rd-5th graders
- Tween Level- 6th-9th graders
- Senior Level- 9th-12th graders
- Adult Classes- 16 year olds and up
~why am I in the same level as I was last year?
Our syllabus is set up so that students above the Combo classes spend
at least 2 years in each level. One year to be exposed to the
curriculum and one year to master the steps learned. This varies
some of course with individual students, some may take longer, but that
is our basic premise.
~do you spend the entire year working on your recital dance?
Our Open and Combo classes do not start working on recital pieces
until January. They then spend a few minutes each class
learning the choreography until it is all learned, usually by Spring
Break. Classes always include a warm-up, center work and across
the floor or combinations. Their recital piece takes the place of
other combinations. As recital time nears they may spend a bit
more time on the rehearsing but class will never be devoted only to
learning the one dance. We want our students to learn the
technique needed as a dancer, not just to learn A dance.