Frequently Asked Dance Questions:
Q: Can I watch my child during class?
A: At The Studio, we believe our classes are a great way of promoting independence, self-confidence, healthy peer friendships, self-discipline, and fun with structure while working on skills. We do not have parents in the classrooms on a regular basis. We do however host Parent Observation Week the week before Thanksgiving where parents are invited to come in to our class rooms and observe their child's entire class. We feel that November is a good time where students have settled into their classes and have learned a good amount of technique to demonstrate for their parents. We also invite parents in for a sneak peak of recital dances closer to the end of the season.
Q: Do parents need to stay in the waiting room while their children are in class or can they be dropped off & picked up?
A: We ask that parents of young children who cannot independently go to the bathroom stay in the waiting room. If they have to go, we will bring them out to you so you can assist in bringing them to the bathroom. Other than that, you are welcome to wait in the waiting room or drop off/pick up. *Children under the age of 10 should not enter or exit the building without a parent or be left unattended in the waiting room.
Q: Do you have a recital and if so, does my child have to participate?
A: Yes, we have an annual recital typically the beginning of May. Participation in the recital is optional. The majority of our students do perform in the recital, but it is a personal choice. There is a $50 per family Recital Fee for those who participate in the recital. We focus on building skills and technique September through December. Recital routine choreography begins in January while continuing with skills and technique.
Q: Does my child have to wear make-up for the recital?
A: Our students are required to wear theatrical make-up along with proper hair style, costume, tights and shoes. Dance is an art. It is a performing visual art. It incorporates theater, stage and lighting.
Q: I want to make sure my child is challenged. Can she go into an older class?
A: We have an age range per class. A student must have a birthday before January 1st and turn at least the lowest age of the listed age bracket to go in the class unless otherwise noted. Dancers are placed by age similar to school. There will always be levels within levels. Children progress differently within each class similar to children getting different grades in a class at school. We constantly observe individual dancers and dynamics within each class. If an instructor along with the director feel a child should be moved into a different age/level class, parents will be contacted directly.
Q: What type of payments are accepted?
A: Cash, check or money order
Q: Should my child make up a class if they are absent?
A: You are welcome to make up a missed class in another class of the same type and age if there is one available. There is not always a comparable class. You are also welcome to go to our other location to make up a class if there is one available. We ask that you notify us via email if your child is going to be absent. Please also notify us if and when your child will attend an alternate class to make up. If it is just an occasional absence, there is usually not a need for a make up class. A dancer who only misses once in a while will usually get caught up in their next class. If a child has missed a lot and has fallen way behind, a private lesson can always be scheduled.
Q: Are classes made up when cancelled due to inclement weather?
A: The first class cancelled due to weather WILL NOT be made up per class per day. Any additional classes beyond that one cancellation that are cancelled due to weather, will be made up at a later date.