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Dance classes don’t have to be expensive.

Contrary to public perception, dance classes can be affordable!

Why did I decide to start my own dance company? One of the reasons is because after working at many dance studios over the years, I disagreed with all of the extra fees involved.

Of course, any type of class has associated costs and therefore fees are necessary. However, some dance studios add unnecessary extras.

This might ask students to wear a specific color of clothing or take multiple classes a week. Additionally, they might request students participate in expensive competitions.

Some of the aforementioned are necessary for an older, advanced dancer. Multiple classes each week help develop a dancer’s body. Meanwhile, extra workshops can be beneficial to a dancer’s training. That said, a dancer can receive high-quality instruction without mounting fees.

It is important for you to decide what your priorities are when taking a dance class. If you are looking for a dance class for recreation,  find a studio that doesn’t have a strict dress code. This will save you money on buying dance attire. It also eliminates the pressure to take several classes a week or to attend conventions.

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After a higher level of training? Go for a good studio that is not a ‘competition studio.’ Participating in competitions is expensive due to the entry, travel, and costume costs. Competition studios do not always bring quality instruction. My message? Do your research and find the studio that believes in developing their dancers’ technique and artistry.

At many studios participating in the recital is mandatory AND costly. Case in point? Many dance studios sell a recital package for between US$100-200 that includes a costume, two tickets, a DVD, etc.

 It is also important to research different dance studios. Check out the companies that offer a free trial class. Be sure to ask if they have an annual registration fee. Also, ask what the recital policy and dress code is and whether there are any other fees. Tip: If they aren’t forthcoming, ask other parents.

If you are looking for affordability, I would also avoid fancy studios. Here high fees are sadly inevitable…

One of the wonderful things about dance is that there is no expensive equipment involved. The only true requirement is an open room.  Of course, you want a professionally run company. However, you really don’t need all the ‘bells and whistles’ to have a great dance class.

Brittany White

 

Auto-Renewal & Registration Details Semester Option

10% DISCOUNT Semester Auto-Renewal Registration: (This option is only valid at the beginning of a semester as it is not prorated.) Dancers’ registration continues semester to semester until family requests to switch to monthly enrollment or to cancel. Cancellation notifications must be submitted to the EvOLvE office via email prior to the next semester as the credit card on file will be automatically charged prior to the next semester starting. Kid’s dance class cancellation requests cannot be submitted to teachers. NO REFUNDS after the payment has been processed.

Auto-Renewal & Registration Details Monthly Auto-Renewal Option

Monthly Auto-Renewal Registration: Dancers’ registration continues each month until family requests to switch to semester enrollment or to cancel. Minimum dance class enrollment is one month. Cancellation notifications must be submitted to the EvOLvE office via email prior to the 25th of the next month as the credit card on file will be automatically charged around the 28th of each month. Dance class cancellation requests cannot be submitted to teachers. NO REFUNDS after the payment has been processed. Billed monthly on the 28th of each month. Monthly charge will vary depending if it is a 3, 4 or 5-week month.

Registration Details for Kid's Dance Class

Auto-Renewal & Registration Details Semester Option

10% DISCOUNT Semester Auto-Renewal Registration: (This option is only valid at the beginning of a semester as it is not prorated.) Dancers’ registration continues semester to semester until family requests to switch to monthly enrollment or to cancel. Cancellation notifications must be submitted to the EvOLvE office via email prior to the next semester as the credit card on file will be automatically charged prior to the next semester starting. Kid’s dance class cancellation requests cannot be submitted to teachers. NO REFUNDS after the payment has been processed.

Auto-Renewal & Registration Details Monthly Auto-Renewal Option

Monthly Auto-Renewal Registration:

Dancers’ registration continues each month until family requests to switch to semester enrollment or to cancel. Minimum dance class enrollment is one month. Cancellation notifications must be submitted to the EvOLvE office via email prior to the 25th of the next month as the credit card on file will be automatically charged around the 28th of each month. Dance class cancellation requests cannot be submitted to teachers. NO REFUNDS after the payment has been processed. Billed monthly on the 28th of each month. Monthly charge will vary depending if it is a 3, 4 or 5-week month.

Registration Details for Kid's Dance Class

Auto-Renewal & Registration Details Semester Option

10% DISCOUNT Semester Auto-Renewal Registration: (This option is only valid at the beginning of a semester as it is not prorated.) Dancers’ registration continues semester to semester until family requests to switch to monthly enrollment or to cancel. Cancellation notifications must be submitted to the EvOLvE office via email prior to the next semester as the credit card on file will be automatically charged prior to the next semester starting. Kid’s dance class cancellation requests cannot be submitted to teachers. NO REFUNDS after the payment has been processed.

Auto-Renewal & Registration Details Monthly Auto-Renewal Option

Monthly Auto-Renewal Registration: Dancers’ registration continues each month until family requests to switch to semester enrollment or to cancel. Minimum dance class enrollment is one month. Cancellation notifications must be submitted to the EvOLvE office via email prior to the 25th of the next month as the credit card on file will be automatically charged around the 28th of each month. Dance class cancellation requests cannot be submitted to teachers. NO REFUNDS after the payment has been processed. Billed monthly on the 28th of each month. Monthly charge will vary depending if it is a 3, 4 or 5-week month.