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Parent Information

Some things can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Consider the following factors before deciding on a dance studio for your child.

1. WHAT TYPE OF DANCE FLOOR DO WE USE?

Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A vinyl composite “marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls.

 

Our studio has a floating floor that has over 1,100 high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top surface. Our special floor helps reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.

2. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE CLASS?

When a dance class has fewer students in it, each child receives more personalized attention, learns more and has more fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique. All our dance classes max at 12 students per class. Angelina Ballerina Classes & Mini Jazz/Hip Hop Classes are taught by a Lead Teacher and an Assistant when those classes have more than 6 students.

3. HOW MUCH ARE SHOWS & COSTUMES?

Our recital is held at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA in May. Tickets for the recital are $10 when purchased before the performance at the front desk and $15 purchased the day of at the door. Students 12yrs & under are free.

Costume Fees:

  • Angelina Ballerina Classes: $49
  • Students 3-5yrs old: $49
  • Students 6-8yrs old: $65
  • Students 9yrs & older: $75

Costume Fees are due in full by January 31 st

4. HOW LONG IS A DANCE CLASS?

Dance classes for ages 6yrs and older will include 50-55 minutes of instruction and Kindergarten Dance classes (5-6yrs) include 35-40 minutes of instruction. Angelina Ballerina Ballet (3-5yrs) & Mini Jazz/Hip Hop (3-5yrs) classes have approximately 25 minutes of instruction. All dance classes use the last 5-10 minutes for winding down, changing shoes & exiting the dance studio before the next class begins. If a student arrives late, they must quietly enter the studio & wait for the teacher to tell them it is ok to join the class. Students who arrive 10 minutes or more late are not guaranteed they will join the class right away.

5. WHAT SHOULD THE STUDENT WEAR TO DANCE CLASS?

Ballet slippers are a soft-soled shoe, with a glove-like fit of leather. They have suede soles to allow for fluid foot movement across the floor. PayLess at Dimond Center carries the American Ballet Theatre shoes for about $21. Please write your student's name in black marker inside the shoe. The teacher will trim the shoe ties during the first class.

 

Jazz Jazz shoes are flexible like ballet slippers, but most have a block-like, half-inch heel. Jazz shoes allow a dancer to point and flex the foot easily. Jazz sneakers are a lightweight sneaker that are both flexible and versatile.

 

Tap Shoes. Our teachers recommend Capezio patent leather low-heeled taps for beginners.

 

 

Here's what you'll need to wear for the classes we offer:

 

Dancing Together: Comfy pants & top, or leotard & tights with or w/out skirts.

Non-marking (not worn outside) shoes or sneakers.
Ballet  
Angelina Ballerina Ballet: Pink Leotard, Pink Tights & Ballet Slippers Angelina Ballerina Skirt/Ears - Purchase at Front Desk: $30
Kindergarten Ballet: Pink Leotard, Pink Tights & Ballet Slippers
Beginning Ballet: Pink Leotard, Pink Tights & Ballet Slippers
Ballet Level 1: Pink Leotard, Pink Tights & Ballet Slippers
Ballet Basics for Teens: Blk Leotard, Pink Tights & Ballet Slippers
Ballet Core Workout: Comfortable Workout Clothes, Ballet Slippers or Bare Feet
Ballet/Modern Combo: Pink Leotard, Pink Convertible Tights & Ballet Slippers Convertible tights roll up at the foot so you can go barefoot
Ballet/Jazz Combo: Girls: Pink Leotard, Pink Tights, Ballet & Jazz Shoes Boys: Blk Jazz Pants, White Top, Ballet & Jazz Shoes
Ballet/Tap Combo: Girls: Pink Leotard, Pink Tights, Ballet Slippers & Tap Shoes Boys: Blk Jazz Pants, White Top, Ballet & Tap Shoes
Hip Hop; Hip Hop/Modern Combo: Blk Leggings or Sweat Pants, Fitted Top & Sneakers
Jazz/Tap Combo: Blk Jazz Pants, White Top, Jazz & Tap Shoes
Kindergarten Intro to Dance: Blk Leggings, Fitted Top & Sneakers
Musical Theatre: Blk Leggings or Sweat Pants, Fitted Top & Jazz Shoes
Zumba: Comfortable Workout Clothes & Non-marking Sneakers

 

Shoes worn outside the dance studio & jeans ARE NOT permitted in the dance studio.