Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the dress code?
- Why was there an extra charge in September and/or November, outside of the monthly fee?
- Does my child have to be in the recital?
- Is there more than one performance?
- Do you offer a familiy discount?
- Do you offer a trial classes?
- Can parents observe classes?
FOR ALL CLASSES:
Please come to class prepared and ready to dance – Students may not be permitted to participate in class if dressed in inappropriate attire! All dancers should be clean, neat, and dressed appropriately following these standards:
Ballet: Longer hair should ALWAYS be pulled back and pinned securely in a bun! Short hair must be secured from face. This rule WILL be enforced. All other dances/gymnastics/tumbling: Hair should be pulled back and out of your face in a secure ponytail.
No jewelry except “stud-style” earrings is allowed in class. Jewelry can be a hazard to yourself or even others while dancing, especially if it gets caught or tangled.
Shoes are a must! No street shoes or bare feet unless otherwise instructed. Wear proper shoes for the class: Please refer to the specific dress code instructions (see below). Keep dance shoes clean and in good repair! Do not wear your dance shoes outside of the dance studio, unless you are practicing at home. Parents: It is not to your child’s benefit to purchase “shoes to grow into”. If you have any questions, please ask your instructor.
NO STREET CLOTHES, NO JEANS, AND NO BARE MIDRIFFS. You should be comfortable in your dancewear both physically and emotionally. All clothing (except for Hip Hop) should be form fitting (not loose). Your instructor needs to see your body lines, so no oversized clothing please. Please follow dress code for your classes. Make sure all your practice clothing is clean, neat, and in good repair (no holes/torn clothing). No costume-looking outfits (very distracting and should be saved for the stage).
CONSEQUENCES FOR FAILURE TO FOLLOW DRESS CODE:
1st Offence: Students will be given a warning and informed of dress code expectations
2nd Offence: Students will be asked to sit out of class, or they may go home and change and return to class. Students/Parents will also be offered an opportunity to purchase appropriate dancewear to wear and return to class. Parents may pay for dancewear by Cash or Check, or their Credit Card account will be billed for the purchase.
3rd Offence: Students must purchase appropriate dancewear to wear and return to class. Parents may pay for dancewear by Cash or Check, or their Credit Card account will be billed for the purchase.
SPECIFIC CLASS ATIRE:
Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Ballet I
Girls: Pink Leotard - Ballet Skirt Optional, Pink Tights, Pink Canvas or Leather Ballet Shoes, Hair in a Bun (preferred, ponytails allowed)
Boys: Black athletic pant or shorts, a white t-shirt, and black jazz shoes.
Ballet II, III, IV & V
Girls: Black Leotard – No Ballet Skirt, Pink Tights, Pink Canvas or Leather Split-Soled Ballet Shoes, Hair in a Bun
Boys: Black athletic pant or shorts, a white t-shirt, and black jazz shoes.
Girls: Black Leotard – No Ballet Skirt, Pink Tights, Pink Point Shoes, Hair in a Bun
Girls: Dress or Skirt/Blouse and Ballroom Shoes (see instructor for details before buying!)
Boys: Shirt, Slacks, and Men’s Ballroom Shoes or Dress Shoes (see instructor for details before buying!)
Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Performing Teams:
Girls: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts. Any solid- color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Tan jazz shoes (we prefer no laces) or foot undeez per teacher discretion (students in ballet/jazz combo classes may wear ballet slippers for jazz), and hair in a ponytail.
Boys: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color t-shirt, and jazz shoes.
Girls: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color top (leotard, shirt or tank top). Black tap shoes (we prefer no laces) and hair in a ponytail
Boys: Black solid-color athletic pant or shorts, any solid-color t-shirt, and black tap shoes.
Girls: Any solid-color athletic pant, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Cleaned Soled Tennis Shoes.
Boys: Any solid-color athletic pant, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Cleaned Soled Tennis Shoes.
Girls: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts Any Color Top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). No Shoes Please! Hair in a Ponytail.
Boys: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts Any Color Top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). No Shoes Please!
Girls: Blouse, Folklorico Skirt, Bloomers, Robozo, Fan, Folklorico Shoes (See Instructor prior to purchasing)
Boys: Shirt, Slacks, Black Folklorico Shoes
Answer: Costumes cost $70/child/dance (for most classes, occasionally a costume may cost more). On September 15th we charge for may recital costume deposits ($35 per costume) and Performing Team Costume Rental Fees ($60). On November 15th, we charge for the $35 balance due of costumes fees. If you do not wish for your dancer(s) to be in the recital, please remember to always notify your children’s teacher and the studio in writing by September 1st annually. If your account was charged in error, please call us at 520-232-3753 and we will get it straightened out! Costume fees are non-refundable, so make sure you notify us in writing before September 1st if you do not want to be charged costume fees!
Answer: It is our hope that all children will participate in the recital, however it is NOT mandatory. We understand that some families will be leaving for their summer vacations. We are also aware that some children do not want to dance on stage in front of a large audience. If you or your child chooses to not to participate in the recital, we will certainly miss having your child in the show, but we understand. Please notify the office by September 1st IN WRITING to let us know if your child is not participating in the recital, so that we can make sure not to charge your account the costume fee(s) and a costume. If you are undecided, please let us know that as well. Please remember, costumes are ordered in December. Costumes ordered late may incur an additional expedited service charge.
Answer: Yes! In December we have a holiday performance. In the past, we have alternated between performing “The Nutcracker” and “O Holy Night”! Students wishing to participate may audition in early fall. At this time, we are able to include all students who audition! For all participants, there is a reasonable participation/costume rental fee, which helps cover costs associated with instruction time, costume rental, and rental of the facility. Most rehearsals will take place Saturdays in the fall. We also have performing dance teams who are given opportunities to dance at the recital, during the holiday performance, and throughout the year for community events! Enrollment on Performing Teams is “Invitation Only”, however if you have child who is interested, please contact Michele for more information!
Answer: The base tuition is $40.00/month for 45 minute classes or $46.00/month for one-hour long classes. We do offer multi-class and multi-student discounts for students/families taking more than two or more hours of class per week! See the Tuition and Fees Summary Page for details! check here for more details
Answer: Yes. Each student is eligible for ONE free trial class.
Answer: Dancers learn best in an environment free from distractions. Parents of young dancers are allowed in the classroom the very first day of classes only. Thereafter, parents only will be allowed in class during specific observation times set up by the teacher. Exceptions, with the approval of the teacher, are made for pre-schoolers who need additional time to feel comfortable and secure. There ARE view windows available at the Sahuarita Arts Center and Rancho Sahuarita Clubhouse, and parents may be able to observe their students from outside of the room. We do ask, however, that you please avoid bringing siblings/small children to the waiting/viewing areas whenever possible. The waiting/viewing area gets very crowded and noisy, and it becomes very distracting to the dancers. If you must bring siblings/small children to the waiting/viewing areas, please monitor them closely and ensure they are not running around or making excessive noise! Also, children are not permitted in classrooms without instructors.