Students are placed according to age, skill level, and prior experience. Typical progression of dance classes:
Preschool I – age 2.5 and 3 (potty-trained)
Preschool II - age 4
Preschool 5 – kindergarten
Dance Arts I, Hip Hop minis – 1st and 2nd grade
Dance Arts II, Hip Hop minis – 2nd grade or older beginner
Ballet/Jazz, Jazz/Tap – 3rd grade or older
One hour class per subject: Ballet I/II, Jazz I/II, Tap I/II, Hip Hop I/II – age 8 and above, depending on previous experience.
Levels beyond that are by teacher assessment and placement. You can always confer with the teacher or call the studio if you’re unsure about which class would be best for your student.
Our dance season follows the academic year, September to mid-June. Because our classes are a sequential curriculum and build from week to week, we only enroll students in September, in January, or for our 6 week Summer Session. In the fall, students begin learning choreography for the December Holiday Show and in January, costumes are ordered for our June Recital.
Visiting week (parent observation of classes) is the first week of every other month beginning in October. Having the blinds drawn the rest of the time provides a better learning environment for the students and helps them focus on the teacher. You may stay in the adjacent waiting areas, or you are free to leave and get coffee or do errands. One mom told us that she had her Christmas shopping done in November just by utilizing the hour of her child’s class time.
Yes, we offer trial classes for $20 each. If you decide to enroll, we will apply that to your fees.
Yes! It’s never too late to begin dancing. The ages of our students ranges from 2.5 to dancers in their 70s. Give us a call and we’ll discuss your options.
In June, we have a 2 hour long recital at the Everett Civic Auditorium. It’s a well-organized, professional performance with backdrops, sets, and lighting. Audiences find our recitals highly entertaining and give us rave reviews. We always have a theme for the 1st Act and we do a complete story ballet for the 2nd Act. Students in Ballet I/II and above have the opportunity to learn pantomime, acting, and what it means to be part of a theatrical production.
We also have a short Holiday Show in December. Students borrow costumes from the studio and perform at the Everett PUD Theater for their families.
Students six years and older can audition for our annual “Storybook Nutcracker” which is performed in December. We do performances for the public as well as for groups of school children on field trips.
Several times a year, we are invited to perform for community events. This gives our dancers a chance to utilize their previous year’s recital costume and dance. It also gives them the chance to share their talents and love of dance.
In typical hour long ballet class, students spend half the time standing at the barre while they concentrate on holding their posture and alignment and executing a series of intricate exercises. Is this what a preschooler envisions? More likely, she wants to twirl and leap while wearing a fluffy tutu. We have designed our introductory classes to include the basics in several dance forms (to keep the class moving and engage the younger attention span) while teaching fundamentals and making the dance experience fun. As children progress, we introduce more intricate concepts of technique and skill, while maintaining the joyful element.
In Preschool through Dance Arts, students do all 4 subjects each week. That means they need tap shoes (black) and ballet slippers (pink for girls, black for boys) and girls wear a plain black leotard (no skirt attached) and pink tights. They should have a small bag to carry their shoes into class.
Most other classes require tights, leotard, and appropriate footwear. Hip Hop students should wear loose, comfortable clothing like athletic wear and tennis shoes. You can always call the studio with questions about attire.