The following are answers to our most frequently asked questions. We encourage you to read the pages under our About Us tab to learn more about the BDA culture, staff, curriculum, facility, policies, and customer service!
Q. When does your "season" begin and do you have open enrollment year-round?
A. Our season runs January-November each year. Our annual recital is held the weekend before Thanksgiving and we break until the New Year. We accept new enrollment year-round as long as the desired classes have not reached maximum enrollment. Our recital participation cut-off is June 1st; however, students are welcome to enroll after June 1st. Our current class schedule can be found here.
Q. How do I know which class/level my child should be in and how do I enroll them in classes?
A. Simply give us a call or send an email and we will be more than happy to help you figure out the perfect class type and level for your child. Often, we encourage you to have them try a class so we can assess them for placement. Remember,you can have your child try any class one time for free to see if it is a good fit before making a commitment. If you call the studio or stop in, we can walk you through the very simple enrollment process.
Q: How do I pay my tuition?
A. Tuition is processed through direct withdrawal from a debit or credit card account on the 1st of the month (Jan-Nov). Monthly tuition rates include a $5 discount for using Autopay. Customers can choose not to pay with Autopay, but the discount does not apply and payment is due by the 10th of the month. We offer family discounts on tuition. Our current tuition rates can be found here.
Q: How do you communicate with families?
A: Our primary source of communication is email. We ask that everyone provide us with a current email address that they check on a regular basis. We also communicate via text messages, Facebook, on our bulletin board, and occasional handouts and newsletters. It is our goal to keep everyone informed. You are always welcome to call, email, or stop by the office with any questions.
Q: Are parents allowed to watch classes every week?
A: It is our philosophy that the purpose of dance class is to instruct, not to put on a show. Even the quietest observers will distract students and can make them self-conscious or apprehensive if they are constantly watched. Tiny tots and younger students are particularly vulnerable to distractions.
Parents are invited into the studio to observe class on Parent Observation Weeks. There will be a schedule posted at the beginning of each year for Parent Observation Weeks.
Q: If there is bad weather, how will I know if classes are canceled?
A: When the studio closes for inclement weather we will send out a text message, post a notice on Facebook, and make an announcement on our website by 3:00 pm that day (8:00 am for Saturday classes). We do not necessarily follow the local school closings.
Q: Is there a dress code for dance and tumbling classes?
A: Yes, BDA has a dress code that can be found here. This dress code is developed out of tradition as well as practicality.
1. The simple leotard and tights make it possible for the instructors to see the dancers' bodies so they can make the proper corrections. Baggy clothing inhibits the instructor’s ability to make corrections.
2. Tights keep the legs warm and when students are standing still for even a short period of time to hear corrections, it is imperative that their muscles remain warmed up. Tights aid in this.
3. Like Karate the different colors (in ballet) represent growth to the next level of dance which gives dancers a goal they can strive to attain.
4. Young dancers are often distracted by their own dance wear. Large skirts and/or tutus become the dancer’s focus instead of the instructor.
Q: Where can I purchase dance apparel for my student?
A: We recommend 30:11 DanceWear because it is located adjacent to the studio, the staff is knowledgeable about the required attire for BDA students, and the prices are the same or better than other local retailers. They also offer a buy/sell/trade program which is not available at any other local retail dance store. They also extend a 10% discount to BDA students on purchases over $50.
Q: What is the difference between tumbling/acro and gymnastics?
A. At BDA, we offer tumbling class (sometimes called acro). Our students learn to perform tricks (such as cartwheels and back hand springs) on mats with a spotter. We do not utilize apparatus such as beams, bars, or vaults as are commonly used in gymnastics.
Q: Will my students have the opportunity to participate in recital each year?
A: Dance is a performing art. When students participate in the annual performance (recital), they are getting the full experience of dance. Class work teaches certain skills, but students don’t fully learn how to be performers unless they perform. Performing builds confidence and helps students overcome stage fright.
Participation in recital is not mandatory, but we find that students who do not perform in our annual show typically lose interest in dance very quickly. Plus, it is fun for students to share the experience with their classmates and to show family and friends the progress they have made throughout the year. It is their opportunity to shine!
Q: Does BDA have a competition group?
A: There are great studios that compete and great studios that don’t compete. It is a decision based on many factors. The Artistic Director of BDA has chosen not to have a competitive studio. If you would like more information on her decision to be a non-competitive studio, she would be happy to go into further detail with you.
Q: Why are ballet classes encouraged?
A: Ballet is the foundation of dance. Ballet training requires repetition of movement and is progressive. Students will only truly gain additional skills and “go to the next level” if they take more and more classes per week over the course of their dance education. As a rule of thumb, a student in Level 1 should take 1 ballet class per week; a student in Level 2 should take 2 ballet classes per week, and so on. It is unrealistic for a student who is “advanced” to only take 1 or 2 ballet classes per week.
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