Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need for class?
All of our classes require dancers to come in clothing that is comfortable to move in. No street clothes, please! We do not have a required dress code, with the exception of our ballet classes, which require a black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and hair in a bun. Our preschool and 5-7 year-old dancers will need tan tap shoes and pink ballet shoes. Our 8-11 and teen classes will need tan contemporary shoes and tan tap shoes. All of these shoes are available for purchase at Dance Tech for nearly 25% less than you will find at any dance supply store. For those dancers taking any of our hip hop classes, please wear a good supportive tennis shoe.
When is tuition due and how do I pay?
Tuition is due by the 5th of each month. You can pay by check or cash at the studio, or online with a credit card. Or save 10% every month and sign up for our auto-pay program.
Do you offer fundraising opportunities?
Yes. We have an excellent Booster Crew that began in 2007. They provide several fundraising opportunities throughout the year to help families pay for costumes and tuition. These are optional. All your proceeds go directly into your dance account. Watch the info boards posted in our lobby, student lounge and entry way for information on any upcoming fund raisers.
What are your class sizes?
We try to keep all of our recreational dance classes at 10 students or less. These classes have an adult teacher and assistant teacher. Any recreational classes going over 10 students will have an adult teacher and 2 assistant teachers. Our recreational classes will never have more than 15 students. We take pride in our 5/1 student/teacher ratio!
Can parents observe classes?
We have closed circuit television at our Forest Lake location for parents to watch class from the lobby.
What kind of dance flooring & mirrors are used?
Many studios choose to cut costs in these areas by not using full length mirrors or proper flooring. We feel, next to the quality of instruction, that these are two of the most important things for a quality dance education. All of our studios have floating wood dance–the ideal floor for all forms of dance. This type of flooring protects the knees and backs of our dancers. All of our studios have full length mirrors so that the dancers can see their full bodies, as well as fully observe the instructor. This also allows our instructors to be able to watch their students from the tops of their head to the tips of their toes, to ensure they are executing movements correctly.
What are the qualifications of your teaching staff?
All of our classes are run by highly qualified, adult instructors. Many that are current or former professional dancers, or having a dance or teaching degree. We do not have students teaching our classes. All of our instructors love working with children and have a true passion for dance that they want to pass on to others. Our staff continues their dance education throughout the year by attending workshops and training sessions around the country. This allows them to learn new and improved ways of teaching your children, as well as keep up on the current styles and trends. You will find that our staff is second to none, with well over 100 years of teaching experience combined. Our instructors range in age and background experience, each one bringing their own unique, wonderful personalities and gifts. We are sure you will find the perfect fit for your or your child's dance education!
Do you have a recital each year and are all dancers required to participate?
We have two performance opportunities for our dancers each year. We have a holiday performance in December, and an annual recital in the spring. We would love for all students to participate in both performances, but we do not require them to do so. Both of these performances are wonderful opportunities for dancers to showcase the skills they learn throughout the year.
How long are your recitals?
We are VERY pleased to tell you that our recitals are a reasonable length! Most are approximately 2 hours, with an intermission. We have heard many stories about studios whose recitals last more than 4 hours. You will never find that at Dance Tech. We run a very smooth operation, and have lots of back stage help! We also hold our recitals in auditoriums that seat many people so that our recreational students do not have to be in more than one show.
What are the costs of costumes?
Our recreational dance costumes are $65 per costume. These can be paid for in payments or all at once. These are paid for by December 1st of each year, so that we can order the costumes and have them in time for pictures and the recital. You can pay your deposits at the studio or online.
What if I have a question?
You will always find a fully staffed front desk. Our manager, Angie, is at the front desk each night and is happy to help you in any way she can. You may talk to her in person, or call and leave a message and she will get back to you a.s.a.p. Should you need to contact the owner, Robin, you can catch her between classes or feel free to email her at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our instructors are always available in between classes to answer questions, as well. You can also email any of our instructors from the staff page on our website.