Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some quick answers to most common questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us as we would be glad to help you!
Do your students teach any classes?
No, we do not allow any students to teach any class here at Villa Dance Company. Our instructors may have a student helper in the classroom, but they are there to make sure everyone pays attention, start off stretches, help with shoes, and take the little ones to the bathroom. Student helpers do not teach the class of students. An adult is always present at the studio.
Can my 2 year old take class?
Yes, they can, but they have to be able to stay for the duration of class alone. Some children are ready to begin a structured class at age 2 while others need to wait until they are older. We can usually tell within the first 2 weeks of class if they are ready or not.
What do I need to wear for class?
All students should be in proper dance clothes, a leotard and tights for females, snug tee shirts and dance pants for males. The type of shoes needed depends on the type of class (and can be found on our policy page). Check our policies for the complete dress code. We require specific brands and colors of dance shoes at our school that we order from the manufacturer or have in stock. We also carry dance attire.
How long is each session?
Our main session runs September through June. We also offer a variety of summer classes in a more condensed schedule.
Why am I in the same level as last year(s)?
Our syllabus is set up so that students will usually spend a minimum of 2-4 years in each level. One year to be exposed to the curriculum and then the following year(s) to master the steps learned. Additional time may be needed to master the level, especially in ballet because it is a very technical form of dance. This varies some, of course, with individual students, some may take longer, but that is our basic premise.
Do you spend the entire year working on the recital dance?
Our classes usually start to learn dances at the end portion of class after winter break, and then they will spend a few minutes each class learning the choreography until it is all learned, usually by end of April. Classes always include a warm-up, center work and across the floor or combinations. Their recital piece takes the place of other combinations. As recital time nears they may spend a bit more time on the rehearsing but class will never be devoted only to learning the one dance. We want our students to learn the technique needed to be dancer, not just learn a dance.
My daughter wants to dance on her toes. When can she start?
Pointe work (dancing on the toes) is not a separate form of dance. It is a continuing part ballet dance education for those who have reached a certain skill level and have the physical make-up that allows them to dance on their toes. Pointe should never be taken without first training and then continuing in Ballet classes. Some students may have certain physical aspects that will not allow them ever to dance on Pointe. Pointe work is very demanding and can only be taken by student who CAN do it and have the work ethic to handle it. The earliest a student at our school can go into Pointe class is at Level 5 Ballet and not before the age of 12, unless approved by the instructor. Pointe class is offered to students by teacher invitation only.
My son wants to dance. Will he be the only guy in the studio?
Our studio has several male dancers in different classes with female dancers and we also have a few classes devoted to boys only. We have boys in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and tumbling.
What are the qualifications of the instructors?
Our instructors are extensively trained in the dance forms that they are teaching. Our instructors attend workshops and training sessions monthly. They travel out of state several times per year for nationally recognized training programs. They also have certifications and continue to add to their credentials yearly.
Do you accept debt/credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa or Master Card.
When is tuition due?
Your tuition payment is due the first of each month. If we receive your payment by the 10th of the month you are on time. Please note that we do not send out bills. We will mail you a reminder notice if we have not received your payment by the 10th of the month. There is a $20 late fee after the 10th of the month.
What if my child decides she or he doesn't want to be in the recital?
Participation in our end-of-the-year recital is not mandatory. As long as you give us written notice by November 15th that your child will not be performing, you will not be required to purchase costumes and pay the performance fee. If you do not let us know, we will assume that they will be participating. Those students not participating in recital will still be able to continue in class and will learn the routines, their place will just be where it won't mess up the others when they aren't on the stage with them.
When do you start registering students for classes?
Registration for our summer programs opens in May. Registration for annual classes usually begins in early August for new students.
Are children always placed in classes according to their age?
We initially try to place children in classes according to their age. However, if we feel that the student needs to be in another level, we will place the child accordingly.
Does my child need to be potty trained to attend class?
We prefer that all children are out of diapers, but pull-ups may be worn in the youngest classes. We realize that most 2 1/2 year olds and some preschool children or children with medical problems may have accidents now and then. For them we recommend they wear their special under garments made to catch any accidents. We also ask all students are taken potty before class starts.