Here are some answers to frequently asked questions!
Why does your tuition appear to be much higher than other area studios?
About 10 years ago, we decided to do all-inclusive tuition. While many other studios require extra fees throughout the year for costumes, recital fees, etc., we decided to lump it all together so that you have the same payment each month. It makes budgeting that much easier!
Why do you have a recital?
A big part of dance training includes learning through performance. Although, performance opportunities can help prepare some students for a possible career in dance, they also contribute to children’s non-dance activities. This experience helps build self-esteem and confidence, which can result in better school presentations, improved social skills, and strong college and job interview skills. It also helps with retention skills, and by working with their classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result.
What does the registration fee cover?
It not only reserves your place in class, it helps cover insurance, mailings (email and postal), which are above and beyond what your class fees cover, music rights, admin,
How do I know what level of class to take?
For younger children, you may base it off of age. For returning students, you have been given a suggested class list. If you are new to DTS, we will do our best to place you. Every studio has their own style and technique and it’s important to master before moving onto the next level.
How many students are needed to start a class?
At least 5.
What is your observation policy?
We want our students to learn in the best possible environment, and we want you to see their progress! The students need to feel safe in the environment and not feel like they are on display. There will be 2 viewing weeks; one in the first semester and 1 in the 2nd semester. There will be a holiday showing in December and the recital in June. We will be adding “pop-ins” for our younger classes this year!
How do we receive information throughout the dance year?
We will update the website frequently, as well as make postings to facebook and twitter as well as a month-2 month newsletter. We will also be sending some information home with your student at various times throughout the year! Please make sure you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts.
Can my 2 year old take class the Tiny Tots Class?
We start children at age 2.5 (child must be 3 by Jan 1). Many students are ready for the loose structure of our class at this time; however, some students are not. We can usually tell within the first four weeks of class if a student is ready or not. If a child is not ready, we will work with you to explore your options, ensuring that no investment is wasted or lost.
Does my child need to be potty trained to attend class?
We prefer that all students are out of diapers. We understand that some children, including but not limited to preschoolers and children with special needs, may be prone to accidents. For these students we recommend pullups tALL students should visit the restroom before class to avoid missing any instruction during class.
What should be worn for class?
All students should come to class in uniform with proper shoes for each class, a full description of which can be found here. Dance attire is required for the safety of the student and to ensure proper dance education with minimal distraction. Please see our dress code information here.
Do you spend the entire year working on the recital dance?
Our classes will begin working on their recital dance after the winter break, typically in February. We spend a few minutes of class working on choreography until the entire dance is learned, usually by the end of March. All classes include warm-up, center work, across the floor, and combinations. The recital choreography takes the place of the other combinations. As the recital nears, a bit more time may be spent polishing dances, but never the entire class. We want our students to learn the proper technique needed to be a dancer, not just dances.
Do I need to stay while my child is in class?
We ask that parents of new students under age 8 stay in the parking area for the first few weeks of class, so that the child can be acclimated to the new situation. After this, parents may feel free to run errands during their child’s class time. Please be mindful to return promptly for the end of your child’s class, as our waiting area is unsupervised. If for some reason you know you will be late, please let us know as you drop off your child for class.
Can I wait in the classroom while my child is in class, or do I have to leave?
We do not allow parents to remain in class, as it is distracting to all of the students and can even affect students’ behavior. You will have the opportunity to observe your child on set observation days Students with special needs may, but are not required to, have aides in class; although we do recommend that it is a designated aide, rather than a parent or sibling.
What if I am late for class?
It happens! We are realistic, however, please make every effort to be on time. We do understand that things happen, and being late may be unavoidable. Students that are more than 10 minutes late may be asked to sit and observe for the remainder of the class. This is not a disciplinary measure–it is a policy set in place for your dancer’s safety, as muscles that are not properly warmed up are prone to injury. If being late is unavoidable, please still bring your dancer to class–observing can be as educational as participation, and often gives students a different perspective. Also, please explain the late policy to your dancer to ensure that they understand that it is not a disciplinary technique.
Can I make up a missed class?
If a class is missed, speak with your instructor about arranging a private lesson or attending a comparable class as a makeup. If an absence is made up in a timely manner, students will remain eligible for the perfect attendance award. Please note that there are no reductions or refunds of tuition fees due to absences, and private lessons as make-ups will be charged at the normal rate.
For what holidays are you closed?
We will take a fall, a winter, and a spring break. Dates of these breaks will be indicated on the calendar given upon registration and on the website calendar these breaks may be full or partial weeks, so that each class gets the same number of classes per session. We may hold classes on government and school holidays, be sure to check the calendar! We do close on Halloween (unless on a Saturday), MLK, Veterans Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day.
What is your weather closing policy?
We will not have class if Durham Public Schools are closed or close early DUE TO WEATHER (i.e. not for teacher meetings, lack of electricity, etc). We will also try to post a notice to Facebook, twitter and our website. If you are unsure, please call for the inclement weather message or check the website. If there is no message, we will have class. We also send out Remind 101 texts, etc.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we do accept Visa & MasterCard and Discover. You may also pay by cash or check.