Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Dance Code of Conduct?
Dance requires discipline. Discipline requires proper etiquette. Here are some class rules that will help your child succeed in class (and out of class!):
- Don’t be late for class! By being late, students miss out on stretching and as a result, could injure themselves. Plus, it is poor dance etiquette! Students should arrive a couple minutes early, dressed with shoes on and hair fixed, ready to go!
- Follow the dress code! A dress code benefits not only the teacher in her ability to make corrections, it benefits the student! By following a dress code, the student is safer, feels the unity in the class, and canfocus on the movements, not what he/she is wearing! Dress code includes the correct attire, as well as the correct shoes, no jewelry, and hair pulled neatly back.
- Come with a desire to learn with complete attention towards the teacher! Not focusing on the teacher could result in injury or performing in poor form. Not listening also wastes valuable time in class for everyone. Dance is hands-on learning, so 100% participation from the student is key!
- Do your best to be a finisher–complete every combination, every class, and every year! Dance takes discipline and a good work ethic. With all things, it deserves the time it takes to improve and to see results. Keep trying and you’ll be amazed! If you need additional help, private lessons are available.
- Corrections are a part of dance! Accept them with a good attitude, knowing that it’s feedback that helps make a dancer get better and better. All corrections are constructive criticism, wanting you to achieve your greatest dancing potential!
- Practice! Give every practice everything you got and practice at home! When you’re in class, you should be practicing as though you are performing. That way, when it’s time to perform, you are ready!
- Say hello, goodbye, and thank you to your teacher every class! It’s respectful, shows appreciation, and good manners are a part of good discipline. And discipline creates a wonderful learning environment and wonderful dancers!
Why is there a dress code?
Dress code allows the student to safely and comfortably move and perform routines without hinderance. It also allows the teacher to be able to see and correctly alignment and form. Proper shoes are incredibly important to prevent injuries. Lastly, a dress code gives the students and teachers a chance to focus on dance and not be distracted by dance wear.
For what the dress code entails, please refer to our Classes section in our FAQs.
Where can I buy attire?
With our students and families in mind, we now have dancewear available to purchase at the studio and in our Online Store within the Parent Portal. We have pre-selected items that are affordable and of good quality. No longer do you have to search around town and guess what your child needs. We fit your child, order for you (or give you the convenience of ordering online), and items are often in hand by your child’s next class.
You may request to purchase dancewear at any point. We will have the ability to take your order within our system where you can pay right away, save and pay later, save and pay online, and have your receipt printed and/or emailed to you. These transactions will be in your history, as well as your child’s measurements for future reference.
Can we join mid-year?
We are always excited to have new dancers sign-up for class. Generally, it is best to start during the first half of the year during heavy instruction and teaching. In January, we begin to teach choreography and finalize recital plans. We will allow new students after January on a case by case basis.
My child is falling behind in class. What can we do?
Although we take great care to ensure all our students are given every opportunity to grow and improve, unfortunately, there are times when a student falls behind. First, make every effort to see that you/your child arrives on time and attends every class. It is a direct disservice to the student when they are behind in skill and in learning a dance because of tardiness and absences. It also helps to reinforce the Dance Code of Conduct with your child. Sometimes a student will fall behind because of disruption, lack of practice, or an unwillingness to take and correct criticism. In any case, students are encouraged to come to a make-up class (possibly in a different group) or take private lessons, even if it’s a limited amount just to catch up. If necessary, your child make need to be moved to a different level. We will do everything we can on our end to help your child reach his/her full potential in dance and beyond.
How do I know which class to sign up for?
All dance disciplines are broken into different levels in order to have a safe, challenging, and age-appropriate learning environment. We use ages as guidelines (level I- 5-7, level II- 7-9, level III- 10-12, and level IV- 13+). However, we also take into account dance ability, maturity, and work ethic. Although parents and students will have input, the director will have the final say. Class placements generally take place at the beginning of the year, but there are some cases in which a student may benefit from being placed in a different class.
What does my child need to wear to class?
Our studio’s dress code is as follows:
General No jewelry is allowed. Hair must be pulled back into a ponytail (bangs pinned back). A bun is necessary in ballet. Instruction on how to make a bun will be given, if necessary. Short dance skirts and dance shorts are permitted, if desired.
Creative Movement and Pre-Dance Pink leotard and ballet skirt. We prefer barefoot dancing for 2-3 year olds. They are better able to “feel the floor” and develop foot muscles and motor skills quicker. If your little dancer insists on shoes, please have them wear ballet pink dance tights and pink leather ballet shoes (NOT slippers). Boys: T-shirt and shorts (above the knee). Pre-Dancers will explore tap and jazz, as well and will need the necessary shoes.
Ballet Black leotard, ballet pink dance tights, leather full-sole for beginners and split-sole canvas ballet shoes for more advanced students. First year pointe students will be measured at Danzar and be given instructions about your shoes and supplies. Pointe students are recommended to wear convertible tights (ones that allow dancers to take tights off from the bottom to put toe pads on and then cover back up). Older students may be given permission to wear colored leotards during the course of the year, as well as warm-up attire at the beginning of class. Boys: White/black shirt, black shorts/pants, black/white ballet slippers.
Tap/Jazz Black leotard or camisole (any color), pink/nude tights, black flat tap shoes and black jazz shoes. Jazz shorts, pants, and skirt are permitted, if desired. Boys: White/black shirts, black shorts/pants, black tap toes, and black jazz shoes.
Contemporary Leotard or camisole and dance shorts or pants. Dancers may wear contemporary dance footwear or dance barefoot.
Hip Hop Students may wear any clothes that the dancer can safely and comfortable move in. Work out/aerobic clothes are a good fit for hip-hop. Shoes specifically for hip-hop are highly recommended. Otherwise, the student should wear clean athletic shoes.
All these items may be purchased at the studio or in the Online Store within our Parent Portal.
For reasons why we have a dress code, please refer to our Studio Policies section of our FAQs.
When can my child take pointe?
What if I have two left feet?
Not everyone that wishes to take dance comes in with the same ability. And that’s actually what makes classes and performances so challenging and so rewarding. Of course our studio desires to mold every student into an amazing dancer, but dance is more than just technique and appearance. It’s good for the soul, clears your mind, and is a great source of physical fitness. Regardless of where you stand right now, you’re safe here to express yourself and be creative in a way that feels right to you. And before you know it, you’ll show great strides in the movement art of dance.
When are payments due?
Payments are due at the beginning of each calendar month (September through May/June). You will not receive an invoice unless you make payments online. You may, however, request one at any time. A late fee of $5 will be added to your account if payments are not made 5 business days after the 1st of each month.
What are some ways that I can make payments?
For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Payments can be made securely online or at the studio. Checks can be made out to “The Movement Arts Academy”.
What discounts do you offer?
We keep our families in mind and do our best to ensure they are taken care of. Multiple class discounts have already been applied to class costs. We offer a 25% family discount to multiple students within a family. Enrolled with one of our partners (WGV Gymnastics, Shinobi Elite, WGV Baseball)? That’s $10 off each month’s tuition with each place, ours included! We also offer some pretty great discounts and giveaways on our Facebook page.
Do you give refunds?
Once a month’s tuition is paid, that money is non-refundable regardless if the student no longer attends. There is no refund for missed classes, however, you are encouraged to schedule a make-up class for your child. Holidays and months that have more/less than 4 weeks have already been pro-rated and make up classes are not necessary. Should the studio needs to cancel class, your tuition will be pro-rated and/or allow make-up time.
Are there any other fees or payments besides tuition?
We procure an annual registration fee of $30 for every student ($25 for returning members). Please refer to our Recital section for those fees required to performing in our annual recital.
Why have a recital?
Recitals are an exciting time where the dance students gets to showcase all that he/she has learned throughout the year. It also develops in the student confidence and performing skills, crucial for any dancer.
When and where is the recital?
Recitals will be annually toward the end of he dance year (end of May or early June). The venue (auditorium, theatre, etc.) is usually chosen based on proximity to the studio, quality, and date availability. The specifics will be given to you with plenty of notice, usually during Winter Break.
Who gets to perform in the recital?
Students that have registered, attended classes regularly, and who are current in tuition in following classes will be able to perform a number in the dance recital: Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-hop. Should your child not be able to attend because of a significant schedule conflict, the director should be notified. The student may, however, continue to take classes. It is possible that dancers will have other opportunities throughout the year to perform.
What are the fees associated with the recital?
Recital fees are unfortunately necessary. It covers the costs involved in putting together such a wonderful performance and experience for dancers and their families! The recital fees will be due 3 months in advance and are non-refundable. The fee will include two tickets for the students’ family. More specific information will be given via email with proper notice. Costumes will be chosen during Winter Break, shown to students and measurements made when they return to class, and then ordered shortly thereafter. As a result, please pay your costume fees by January 1st. Again, you will be notified as to the costs with plenty of time to prepare.
Does my child have to attend rehearsals?
Yes, recitals require dress rehearsals to ensure a smooth performance. There will be 1 (possibly 2 separate) dress rehearsal the week before recital. This works out any lighting, music, costume, placement, nerve, etc. problems that may arise. It’s imperative that students be there! A schedule for the dress rehearsal and the recital itself will be given via email, as well as any other important recital information. Therefore, please be sure your email is current! If any parents would like to volunteer to assist during rehearsals/recital performances, please contact us! We’d love to have you!
How will you capture these special moments?
Pictures Each spring, we will take professional dance pictures of students wearing their recital costumes. There will be an opportunity to have a group picture taken, as well as two individual poses, per recital dance. Students need to arrive according to picture schedule sent via email. Students will stay for all of their dance pictures at once, changing in between. Have hair and makeup ready, with tights and a cover-up on (that doesn’t go over the dancer’s head). More information will be given closer to the event.
Video There’s no photography allowed during recitals (can you imagine trying to dance with flashing lights blinding you while on stage?). DVDs will be professionally made of your child’s performance, however, and will be sold at a reasonable price. Dance footage is so valuable, you’ll want to have these moments captured forever!
Time will be given at end of the recital for your own personal pictures with your child.
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