Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you have questions as a parent when you’re considering signing your child up for dance classes. Over the years we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you find the answers you need!

Is my child too old to begin taking dance classes?

We have beginner-level classes for students of all ages, including teens and adults. It’s never too old to start dancing! All classes are divided by both age and level to make sure every student feels comfortable and confident. For example, a beginning dancer who is 12 years old will not be placed in the same class as a 5-year-old beginning dancer.

How are class placements determined?

We treat every student as an individual. This means that each student’s class placement is decided based on both their age and ability. Our staff continually monitors each student’s class placement to make sure everyone is in a class where they will be comfortable, appropriately challenged, and motivated to learn.

Is your dance studio the right fit for my child?

Our dance classes are created to meet the needs of students who enjoy dancing as a hobby as well as those who have professional aspirations. We also provide opportunities for students who want to pursue dance further than weekly classes.

Can my child begin dance class mid-season?

While that is possible, our dance curriculum is progressive throughout the season. Elements and combinations taught during the fall season are then incorporated into the routines taught throughout the spring season. We recommend students begin attending dance classes as early in the year as possible. Makeup classes can be utilized for students beginning mid-season to help them start with confidence.

My son has shown interest in dance. What classes are available for boys?

Boys love to dance too!  Our dance studio is open to anyone and all activities and themes are designed for boys and girls. Boys ages 2, 3 and 4 can participate in our Rosette classes.  Boys can also choose ballet and tap beginning at age 5, and jazz at age 6. Our dance instructors are attentive and can easily help modify movements to make sure our male dancers receive the proper dance training they need for every style of dance.

How large are the classes?

Class sizes are limited to 12 to allow each student individualized attention. 

What qualifications do your instructors have?

We are proud to offer an extensive faculty of highly-qualified and caring teachers in the field of dance. Dance instruction is unique in that it currently does not place educational requirements on instructors. However, we highly value excellence in our studio and continuing education for our faculty. Every teacher has been trained in our methods and principles.

Can my child be in the same dance class as their friend?

We welcome and encourage our students to share dance with their friends. However, class placement is based on age and experience so we can’t always guarantee your child and their friends will be in the same class. It would be unfair to expect beginning students to execute elements the class has already mastered and, in the same respect, to slow the rate of progression for the remainder of the class so students can catch up.

When can my child progress onto pointe?

A pointe evaluation is used by our dance instructors to determine a student’s readiness for advancement onto pointe. Although pointe shoes appear beautiful, they are very challenging and are not appropriate until a student has been properly trained and has gained enough physical strength.

Students must complete a minimum of one year in the pre-point class along with their weekly ballet class as a prerequisite to a pointe evaluation. It is rare for a student younger than 13 years old to have completed enough physical growth to be ready for pointe. Ideally, a student’s feet should not be consistently growing while working in pointe shoes.

Therefore, a general guideline of reaching at least 13 years of age is applied when we consider a student for evaluation. If you have questions about your child’s progress and interest in pointe work, ask their instructors. We’re here to help you navigate the world of ballet with your child.

May I watch my child's class?

We invite parents to watch the last 10 minutes of class during Parent Observation Weeks each month. This format provides a safe environment for the students to feel comfortable learning the elements along with the opportunity to perform them with confidence.