My child gets anxious in new environments, can I stay with them?
Parents for MiniMover 1 students are welcome to sit in the waiting area. All other parents must drop off students and remain in the general area in case they are needed. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and shopping within 3 blocks of the studio.
Can I try a class before enrolling for the term?
Yes, you can. We are happy to book your dancer for an exclusive trial lesson. This wonderful program allows the student to try a lesson to help your dancer to form friendships and gain confidence and trust in the teachers. It also allows time for Mom or Dad to get to know the teacher and the class structure too. We want the whole family to feel safe and happy at our studio.
Do I need to buy a uniform, or can we wear our own clothes?
For ballet, soft leather ballet shoes are best. For Jazz and Modern, Jazz shoes, or soft leather ballet shoes are recommended. Once enrolled for the term, you will need to buy the correct uniform. Wearing a uniform helps the students focus on the lesson, rather than comparing their outfit with everyone else, or being distracted by loose-fitting clothing that hinders the movements required.
Where can I purchase the uniform?
Our uniform details are in the information pack you will receive upon enrollment. The best uniform suppliers are:
Footlights Dance found at https://www.dancefootlights.com
Does my dancer need hair in a ballet bun?
Ok, hang on, don’t panic. It’s all “can do”. First of all, we know how hard it is to be the parent of a 3-year-old. No need to do ballet buns for MiniMovers. They just need to have their hair in a ponytail. However, once they are in Grade 1 and above, if they are enrolled in ballet, you will have to do a correct ballet bun. If your dancer is enrolled in jazz, hip-hop or another dance style, a neat ponytail or plaits are absolutely fine.
Please help, I don’t know how to do buns!
Don’t worry, you can do anything when you know how. Our senior students and teachers will happily teach you the skills required to do a ballet bun. You will be responsible for purchasing hair nets, hair ties, and hairpins. We will teach you everything else you need to do. With a little bit of practice, you will soon be an expert. PS. At age 10 ‐ we set a goal for the children to do their own hair all by themselves for class! Mom and Dad are off the hook from now on! Watch the videos on youtube for more about buns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zrmfSvcte4
Where is the nearest car parking?
Our studio entrance is on the left side of the building located at 4001 Fairfax Drive in Ballston VA. There is plentiful public parking along Fairfax Drive and at the Arlington Central Library directly across the street. The Ballston and Virginia Square Metro Station are 1.5 blocks from the studio.
Do I have to wait on site, or can I wait in the car for my child?
That depends on how old your child is. Our Student/Parent code of conduct requires parents of pre-school and elementary school age children to come in to pick up your child. You are welcome to do a bit of shopping, have a coffee in the nearby cafes or visit the Arlington Central library while class is on, but we expect you to be on time to collect your child right at the end of class. We will NEVER allow primary school children to leave the building without a parent/guardian. Middle School and High School students are able to meet parents at the car. However, if it is after dark, they will not be permitted to leave the premises alone.
What happens if we miss a lesson?
Enrolments are on a term basis. If you are absent, there is no refund. We expect students to attend every week. Absences cause your dancer to lose confidence and fall behind their class standard. Muscle memory is a critical part of becoming a strong dancer. Missing just one lesson will have an impact on the speed of progress.
We are going on a family holiday for 4 weeks mid‐term, can we pay partial fees for that term?
Enrolments are on a term basis, as per Term dates. If you choose to be away during the term, you forfeit those lessons. Full-term fees are payable. We recommend taking holidays during the school term periods.
Does my dancer have to do competitions and exams? I don’t want them to feel pressured, I just want them to have fun.
No, you do not have to do exams or competitions. This is not for everyone. Students can choose the best pathway for them. We have an Excellence program for the dedicated focused students who want to attain exam levels, possibly even pursue a career in dance, or just because they love achieving goals! Again, this is optional. Students must apply to be accepted into the Excellence program. A number of criteria must be met, including additional hours of training beyond the weekly classes, and commitment to home practice. All students are welcome to attend recreational classes purely for the purpose of fitness, friendship, and enjoyment.
However, we have an expectation of a positive attitude to learning. Come prepared to listen to the teacher, ask questions if you need to, and focus on dancing to the best of your ability. You don’t need to be the next, Rudolf Nureyev you might even have“ two left feet”. That’s ok.
Disruptive and anti-social behavior in class is not ok. So please restrict your social time with friends to the waiting area, and come into the studio with a “can do” mindset, ready to learn. Be a highly‐valued team member. We ask that you show respect, try your best and be helpful to others when needed.
Is the Studio a shoe-free environment?
Yes, please remove all shoes and turn off your cell phone when you enter the studio. You may store your belonging in the two cubbyhole systems next to the front door.
What should I bring with me?
Bring an empty water bottle. We have free filtered water and flavored sparkling water system from Bevi
Do you offer Private and Semi-Private lessons?
Yes, all classes are available as private or semi-private lessons. Please send us an email to book a session.