FAQs

Please be sure to review your handbook.

Many questions are covered within that.

Class FAQs

  1. Where do we find your syllabus?   Our syllabus was written specifically for our studio based on  years of training and research that is forever on-going.    We hand the syllabus out at the beginning of the dance year or when a new student enrolls.  In the event it is lost- it is your dancer's responsibility to find a dance friend to re-write it.  (We try teaching our dancers about responsibility of their dance careers and gear/ supplies.)
  2. "I found this video on-line. . ."  We appreciate your enthusiasm, however, most of what we train, you will not find in a video.  There are different ways of executing moves and training techniques.  Certain training/ conditioning techniques may be unsafe if not done properly.  If you have a question- please see Miss Christy.  
  3. Where do we vote for Star Student?  In our lobby- we have a comment drop box and a Star Student Ballot.  
  4. I don't like the color of this leotard, can my dancer choose whatever color they'd like?  No, our  dancers are color coded by level.  This helps instructors give faster corrections and creates uniformity when multiple levels are in the same class.  Earning a Black leotard is an accomplishment that shows many years o hard work.  Dancers may choose different styles within their color requirements.  Pre-Dance may wear colors of their choosing.  
  5. Can I watch my dancer's class? We offer one week in our dance year that parents may observe class.  We do not permit it at any other time to allow our dancers to focus and have less distractions.  On occasion we may suggest parents may watch a small demonstration, but it is not a guarantee.  
  6. My dancer can't write yet, do they need to take notes?  We strongly suggest dancers draw pictures instead.  We do this so dancers learn to take notes at the end of each class (something most dancers do to retain little details.)


Performance FAQs

  1. What costs are expected with performing?  We try to be as budget conscious as possible.  The 2017 & 2018 recitals were also dinner theater-esque shows.  Food was covered in the expence as well as costumes, tights, and props.  This totaled anywhere from $50 (Pre-Dance) to $125 (Youth and adults) and for those in multiple base classes an extra $50)  Tickets are then sold in early spring.  These typically have been $20.  These prices are subject to change year-to-year and are simply meant as a guide.  The  majority of our props, costumes, sets, stage floor, and printed materials are done in house purposely to create a unique experience every year .
  2. I don't like my child wearing make-up, do they have to?  Our performances are optional, if wanting to perform, ALL requirements and guidelines are to be met and followed.  This includes make-up.  We ask it to be worn so that we can see dancer's faces as stage lighting washes out facial features.  We actually alter our make-up guidelines to suite the type of lighting we will be using each show.  We also strongly encourage dancers to remove make-up promptly after the show to 1) encourage good hygene and 2) reinforce the fact that we do not use make-up just for fun, rather to make our character complete.  
  3. My dancer has performed before, do they really need to attend the mandatory days?  Yes, every show is different.  Hair and Make-up instructions change.  We also discuss hair accessories on these days.  Dress rehearsal sets our dancers up for what to expect at the show and how the order will happen.  They are mandatory for a reason.
  4. I don't agree with the costume, hair, make-up, and/ or choreography- can I bring in my own or change it?  We put in A LOT of hours designing costumes, shows, hair, make-up, choreographing.  In fact, everything we produce has a reason behind it.  We greatly welcome feedback and suggestions, however, if we say no, it is probably due to a larger vison that one doesn't see yet.  We ask that those decisions are equally respected.  We take great consideration into costume selections to make them age appropriate, themed accordingly, and (if studio owned) maintained, and altered as needed.  

Details

Levels

3-5 Year Olds are in their own category.  They take Pre-Dance (half Ballet, half Tap).  


6-17 year olds have option to enroll in a leveled class which requires testing to move up and is divided by skill level rather than age.  


Adults are, again, their own category.  They may take open or adult classes.  These classes have options provided to cater to all skill sets (beginner through advanced/ professional).  

Open Youth Rec.

NEW THIS YEAR!!


This class is for youth ages 6-17 who do not want to perform or may need to make up a class.  



New Students

New students are welcome to try a class for FREE!


Please fill out Registration and Release Waivers prior to your trial class.  


Students who have danced previously are required to be evaluated for class placement.  Most levels differentiate between studios and we want our dancers to be placed appropriately.  

The Handbook

We cannot reiterate this enough- READ IT!!!  


It goes over many questions and explains a lot of what we do and what to expect.  

Being Green

Most of our materials are online to help eliminate paper waste.  We post all class details on this website and give frequent reminders on Facebook.  


Our props & show materials- we often use recycled goods to build reusable props and decorations.  

Our Facility

Currently, we have one studio in our building.


Our studio floor was custom built (in-house) and doubles as our stage floor when we do shows.  It is portable and sprung like traditional stage decks. 


We offer FREE Wi-Fi for dancers and parents as you wait.  (we have a lobby for lounging.)


Our parking is FREE!  

How We Train

Classes

3-5 Year Olds These dancers work on taking turns, good listening ears, and developing age appropriate motor skills.  


6-17 year olds We train with a bit more of a European mindset- that students start a more disciplined training at age 6, so that by the time they turn 8, we can start pushing more detailed work.  


Mind

Much of dance is all about our mentality.  Often, if we are struggling it is because our own minds are holding us back.  


We work on positivity and encouragement of ourselves and fellow dancers.  


You'd be amazed what you can do if you put your mind to it!

Body Awareness

We train our dancers to be aware.  We work on understanding the difference between soreness due to working out our muscles, vs. improper use of muscles and body placement.


Reminder: We are not medical professionals and can not advise as such.  

Strength Building & Flexibilty

We do not encourage our dancers to force turn-out.  This has been proven time and time again how detrimental it is to the body.  Instead, we work on building the proper alignment to minimize risk.  


We respect personal space and therefore ask, before we adjust.  


We allow our dancers bodies to do the work.  If given a correction, stretching, strengthening, assisted adjusting- it is up to the dancer.  The body naturally allows or doesn't allow movements based on its own abilities and these vary dancer to dancer.  Example: We will never push someone into the splits, though we have everyone practice them.  

REST!!!

Our schedule is specifically designed to give dancers 1-2 days of rest throughout the week.


Days of rest should not include extra stretching or strength building.  They are meant to allow the body to recover from training.

Different Ways We Train

  1. Class: This is where we train for technique, strength, flexibility, discipline. . . 
  2. Notes:  Leveled dancers take notes (typically at the end of each class )based on their syllabus.  As performances near, near we encourage notes pertaining to their piece(s).  For dancers who are learning to write- we draw pictures to help retain details.  
  3. Rehearsals:  (Even when part of class- i.e. Recital)-  We learn endurance, how to over-come obstacles, perseverance, coordination, working with others. . .
  4. Performances:  This is where we build our confidence, stage presence, and pull everything together that we work so hard for!
  5. Evaluations:  We do evaluations twice throughout the year- at the end of each semester (not over summer).  This is basically a dance report card of what we are observing in class.  We discuss areas where students are excelling and areas that may need improving.  
  6. Testing:  When we return from Spring Break our leveled dancers do a physical test to demonstrate their ability to execute steps.  They also have a written test to demonstrate vocabulary knowledge/ retention.  

Since We've Opened in 2013

What It Takes To Prep A Show

2880+  Hours 

Have gone into Recital Preparations alone


3600+  Hours 

(in addition to the previous number)

Have gone into other Performance Preparations


20+  Volunteer Performances

for area organizations

(Currently, our Performance group is on hold)

Jump Into Class

2000+ Classes 

Have been donated or given away for FREE to our community

(This doesn't include our FREE trial classes that we offer for new students)

Our Involvement

We do/ have done a lot of things behind the scenes.


Lake Geneva Christmas Parade

(Organization)


School Field Trips 

(to come take class)


Non-Profit Organizations 

(classes/ other volunteer work)


Walworth County Holiday Care Program


And so much more. . .

Lots of Dancing!

SO

30+ Hours of Classes (average offered on standard operating weeks- not including Private Classes or Groups)

MANY

44 Operating Weeks of Classes 

CLASSES

5 weeks of additional classes on "Off Weeks" for Maintenance Classes