Just for you newbies, we’ve listed a few important things here that will help you get up to speed quickly. If you want to see a more general list of FAQ’s, click on About Us and then General FAQs.
- How do we get started?
- Whether you’re the parent of a new little dancer or an experienced dancer coming from another studio, we invite you to come observe or try out a class. You can find more info on this website on exactly how to do that, or just call us at 301-694-5105 and we’ll be happy to help. From there, you can register in person or from this website. Our registration for fall classes occurs in June, but we happily accept new students (where there are class openings) through November.
- Besides tuition, what costs can I anticipate?
- In addition to tuition fees, you should plan on the cost of uniforms and appropriate shoes for each class, all of which you can buy wherever you wish. There are also recital costumes (usually one per class), which generally range from about $60.00 to $80.00 each. If you plan to attend the spring recitals, the tickets are about $12.00 each. The cost of other optional items can include class photos in the spring, workshops, and any special merchandise you may choose to buy.
- If my child is young and new to dance, how do I know what level classes he or she should take?
- For children ages 3 to 7, we offer a series of classes separated by age group: Pre Dance 101, Pre Dance 102 and combo classes. Children in the 3 to 7 age group only need one class per year, and will learn the basics of ballet, jazz and tap. As they grow older, students can decide which forms of dance they’d like to take and whether they want to expand into more classes. We always recommend that students take ballet along with their other classes, because it provides the strong foundation for all genres of dance.
- What if my child is just starting dance at an older age than 6 or 7?
- Your best bet is to observe or try out a class, and get advice from our Director about the correct placement for your child. We’ll help you make sure they are placed in a class where they can comfortably keep up and learn at the appropriate level. We have beginner classes for almost all ages.
- How do you decide which class is the appropriate level for a child?
- We look at the child’s age, ability, and classes previously taken. All our teachers give written evaluations to each child in the spring, with recommendations for the next class to take. We also offer regular conference times in the spring, so watch for sign-ups. But we encourage you to ask for an appointment any time of the year if you have specific questions or concerns.
- If I have a child who is showing a strong interest in dance, how can I be sure he or she is on track to take the highest-possible level classes at a later age?
- Dance F/X is our pre-professional student repertory group. If your child is over 10 years old and completed our level IV Ballet and Jazz classes then they are eligible to audition for the company. Acceptance into Dance F/X has many responsibilities and requirements. If your child is passionate about dance, the best thing you can do is support his or her interest. For students who want to branch into many forms of dance, we offer an unlimited-class option for students who take more than 5 hours of instruction. Throughout your student’s years of dance, we always encourage you to communicate with our instructors and Director about your child’s needs. Our graduates have gone onto professional dance careers in many different areas.
- Is participation in the spring show mandatory?
- Participation in all our shows is optional. The vast majority of students do choose to participate in the spring show because it a chance to present the skills they’ve worked so hard on all year. It is legitimately a professionally produced performance. If your child participates in the show, then they are also required to attend a mandatory dress rehearsal a few days before the show takes place. Our rehearsals are well-run, and most students only need to be there for their allotted time slot to rehearse their number.