FAQ

When do classes begin?

2017-2018 year classes begin September 2.

Can my child start at any point in the year?

New students are accepted throughout the year as long as there is room in the class. Preparation of the annual recital begins in January. Students entering a class after March may not be prepared for the June recital.

How long is the dance season?

The PADC dance year correlates with the school year. Our dance year begins in September and ends with a recital in June. During June and July, we offer a summer class schedule as well as several dance camps.

How can I register my child at Performing Arts Dance Centre?

Registration is quick and simple. Under Classes on the Home page, click the Registration tab. This will take you to our registration form. Simply fill this out and bring it to the studio with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone at 740-368-8800.

Which classes should I choose for my child?

We recommend calling us to discuss the placement of your child in the proper dance class. Our youngest students start with Combo classes (ages three and four). If your child has previous dance experience or has an interest in a particular style, we can help you decide which class will be the best fit for your child. Students may take one or multiple dance classes per week, depending on their goals and desires.

Is my dancer obligated to participate the entire year?

Dancers may withdraw from a class or classes during the year. However, because we are holding a spot in class for your child, we ask that you contact us directly to let us know that your child will no longer be participating. If your child wants to re-register for classes at a later time, participation will only be permitted based on class availability.

Where should I park?

Our studio has a dedicated parking lot for your use. You can enter the studio from the back door.

Am I permitted to watch my child’s class?

Yes, our parent viewing area has closed circuit monitors that allow parents to watch their child’s class in progress.

Do I have to stay during my child’s class, or may I leave and come back to pick them up when class is over?

We do not require parents to stay for their child’s class unless their child is in a Combo class. Teachers cannot leave the studio to escort little ones to the restroom, so parents are advised to remain at the studio for the duration of Combo classes.

If you do choose to leave the studio while your older child is in class, we ask that you make sure they have everything they need for class. All dancers are required to wait inside until their pick-up arrives. In case of an emergency, parents will be contacted only if we find that their child needs medical attention. If a parent/guardian cannot be contacted, Performing Arts Dance Centre will use their best judgment on medical attention.

Is there a dress code, shoe and hair requirements for each class?

Yes, because dance is a discipline and requires ease of movement and an element of grace and decorum, students should be prepared for class with appropriate attire and shoes. Dancewear guidelines are listed on the Policies page under About PADC.

How are students placed in classes?

Our youngest students, beginning at age three and four, are placed in Combo classes. During the year, students may be transferred to other classes at the discretion of the teacher. Students will only be put into the next level based on ability, attitude, musicality as well as physical and emotional readiness. In most cases, students are placed in the proper class at the time of enrollment. However, If a teacher sees that a student is in need of alternative placement, the change will be recommended and made quickly so as to best suit the individual student.

Why does my child’s class seem to be doing steps they’ve already learned?

As in any sport or activity, practice and repetition of physical movements is needed to achieve the best outcome. Repetition of movements will help train and define muscles your child needs to be the best dancer they can be.

Do you have a competition team?

Yes, we do have competitive dance teams. Please see our Competition page listed under Classes. Please feel free to contact us directly for additional requirements.

Is it mandatory for students to perform in the recital?

The recital is optional for students. That said, performance is an important part of dance education. Establishing stage presence and building confidence and self-esteem is part of the experience. The recital also provides an outlet to celebrate the achievements of a student’s hard work and progress.

If my child does not want to continue taking class, do I receive a refund on tuition or costumes?

If your child does not want to continue taking dance class, we ask that you have them finish out the session in December, and then drop the class or perhaps try another style. Once recital costumes are ordered, we cannot cancel an order. Dropping out of a class once costumes are ordered also impacts the entire class as well as the choreography of the number. At Performing Arts Dance Studio, we feel it is important to teach students that quitting in the middle of something that involves others is not fair. Students should at least try to finish out the year. PADC cannot give refunds on tuition or costumes.

When is tuition due? How do I pay?

Tuition is due the first of every month. If not paid by the 10th, a late fee will be assessed. PADC accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or money orders at the studio. Automatic payment option is available. To avoid late fees, if you are absent the first class of the month, tuition can be mailed or paid by phone with credit card. Any tuition not paid by the beginning of the following month will result in your child sitting out of class.

Can my child make up a class that he/she missed?

Yes, all paid classes are encouraged to be made up within one month of the absence. Please ask your child’s teacher for the best make-up class options.

Do you offer discounts on lessons if we have more than one child enrolled?

Yes, PADC offers tuition discounts depending on the number of children per family and the number of classes the family takes. Please contact the studio at 740-368-8800 for specifics.