WHAT TO WEAR? FEMALE: FOR THE BALLET CLASSES, PINK TIGHTS AND A SOLID COLOR LEOTARD IS ACCEPTABLE. BALLET SLIPPERS SHOULD BE PINK. IF IT IS COLD, WRAP AROUND DANCE SWEATERS ARE PERMITTED. NO SWEAT SHIRTS PLEASE.
MALE: WHITE T-SHIRT AND BLACK DANCE PANTS ARE ACCEPTABLE. BLACK BALLET SLIPPERS SHOULD BE WORN.
WHAT HOLIDAYS DOES THE STUDIO CLOSE FOR? WE CLOSE FOR COLUMBUS DAY, TEACHERS CONVENTION, THE WINTER BREAK IN DECEMBER, ONE WEEK IN EARLY FEBRUARY AND THE SPRING BREAK UNLESS IT IS TO CLOSE TO THE PERFORMANCE DATES. ALL CLOSINGS ARE ANNOUNCED THE WEEK BEFORE THE BREAK.
CAN CLASSES THAT ARE MISSED BE MADE UP? YES, CLASSES CAN BE MADE UP WITHIN 3 WEEKS OF THE MISSED CLASS.
ARE CLOSURES FOR BAD WEATHER ANNOUNCED? YES, A PHONE CHAIN IS SET UP TO CONTACT ALL STUDENTS IN THE EVENT OF THE STUDIO BEGIN CLOSED FOR BAD WEATHER. YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN EMAIL TELLING YOU CLASS IS CANCELLED.
WHEN CAN A STUDENT BEGIN POINTE WORK? Dancers usually go en pointe only after several years of good training, in which their feet, ankles and legs are strengthened to handle the unique and difficult demands of pointe. A competent teacher will rarely allow a girl to dance en pointe before the age of 11. At this time, the pointe shoes come out for the last 10 to 15 minutes of class, and the dancer works up to wearing pointe shoes for the whole class over a period of several months. There are horror stories of girls whose feet were damaged from pointe technique, and some are true. However, most damage can be avoided by selecting a competent teacher who is more concerned with forming good dancers with good technique than with putting girls en pointe. (From wiseGEEK)
WHEN DO STUDENTS MOVE UP INTO THE FULL LENGTH BALLET? STUDENTS FROM GRADE 3 AND UP, THAT ARE STUDYING BALLET WILL BE IN THE FULL LENGTH BALLET. STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE A HIP-HOP/TAP CLASS AT THIS AGE. THEY MAY TAKE THE TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES EACH WEEK. STUDENTS IN THE HIP-HOP/TAP CLASS AND BALLET STUDENTS UNDER 3RD GRADE APPEAR IN THE VARIETY PORTION OF THE PERFORMANCE.
DO YOU ENTER DANCE COMPETITIONS? NO, WE DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH DANCE COMPETITIONS. WE BELIEVE DANCE IS NOT A COMPETITION ACTIVITY, BUT AN ART FORM WHERE WORKING TOGETHER AMOUNTS TO A GOOD PERFORMANCE. WE WORK ON DANCE TECHNIQUE, DEDICATION AND SUPPORT OF ONE ANOTHER. WE GIVE PERFORMANCES FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS NURSING HOMES, LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS, WE DO AN END OF SEASON SPRING DANCE CONCERT IN MAY.