Frequently asked questions
How does your gemstone system work?
Our gemstone system is in place as an easy way to name a grouping of dancers who are similar in age and in level. They will stay that colour all the way up from their first class out of our Preschool Program until they graduate high school. This allows us to keep them as a team throughout their dance journey, so they learn and grow together.
Can my child be moved to a different class?
Yes! We actively assess dancers every class so they are in the level that pushes them to be the best dancer they can be and also one that allows them to shine. If we feel their current colour is no longer the right fit for them, we will get in touch and move them to where they should be. If you would like them to be in a different level than the current level they are in but we haven’t approached you, it means we don’t feel they are ready. However, we are always happy to discuss how to get them to the level they would like to be in. This will always include hard work, determination, and at least a year in their current colour with extra Ballet and Jazz Technique to get caught up.
How do I know which group is best for my child?
Miss Jen and Miss Julia will assess your dancer in both Jazz and Ballet and will make a determination of what level they will be placed in based on both their age and level.
What should my child wear to class?
Our dress code is as follows:
● Ballet – pink ballet tights, pink leather ballet shoes, any colour bodysuit, hair in a bun
● Jazz – beige tights, beige jazz shoes, any colour bodysuit, dance shorts or leggings can also be worn, hair tied back
● Tap – beige tights, black tap shoes, any colour bodysuit, dance shorts or leggings can also be worn, hair tied back
● Lyrical – beige tights, beige jazz shoes, any colour bodysuit, dance shorts or leggings can also be worn, hair tied back
● Hip Hop – Street clothes you can dance in, indoor running shoes, no jeans
● Acro – beige footless tights, any colour bodysuit, dance shorts or leggings can also be worn, hair tied back
● Musical Theatre – beige tights, beige jazz shoes, any colour bodysuit, dance shorts or leggings can also be worn, hair tied back
Why should my child take ballet?
Ballet is the basic foundation for most forms of dance. What you learn in ballet translates to values that are used to pursue other forms of dance:
● Alignment and musicality
● Development of discipline and dedication — Ballet technique is very specific and requires practice to improve — which is also a life skill
● Posture, balance, and flexibility, which diminish the likelihood of injuries
How much does it cost to put my dancer in dance class?
Our fee schedule is based on how many hours per week your dancer (or family) takes with each subsequent hour costing less than the previous hour. Without knowing how many hours your dancer (or family) wants to take, it’s not possible to give you a cost breakdown. Contact our office admin staff who will walk you through all of the costs and our many payment plan options.
When does your dance season run?
Our dance season runs from September until the end of May and follows the school schedule with breaks for Christmas and Spring break.
Can my dancer join the season in January or any other times during the year?
Unfortunately, no. The latest you can join the current season is October 15th. Any date after that means we are well into choreography and won’t be able to costume your dancer. Registration for the next season (starting in the fall) opens May 15th.