Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re just starting out on your search to select the best dance school for your child we know you have a lot of questions. We’ve compiled a list of common questions we have been asked by parents and students over the years for your convenience.
What makes PDS different from other Dance Schools?
We strive to offer the highest quality of training in a variety of dance styles for the widest range of student population. We desire to expose as many children as possible to the world of dance and encourage inclusiveness and diversity in our PDS family.
What type of classes do you offer?
We offer many different styles of dance tailored to your student’s age, ability and taste including Twirling Twos, Tots in Tutus, Creative Movement, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, Jump and Turns, Bollywood, Ballroom and more!
What is the age range to participate at PDS?
We love to see students ranging from ages 2–18 dance! Generally, for those who are passionate and serious enough to build a career in dance, we suggest you start early. However, anyone is welcome at any stage of their development to explore the world of dance. PDS also offers a range of adult dance classes.
Do you have a recital or concert at the end of the year?
Yes. Our studio term runs concurrently with the regularly scheduled school year (September – June) and culminates in an end-of-the-year recital showcasing your child’s hard work and talents! This provides both a fun and rewarding experience for the whole family and builds on self-esteem and confidence!
My child is 13 years old and has never danced before, can he/she still take classes?
It is never too late to dance! Your 13 year old shouldn’t even hesitate! Come in and begin! Many a professional dancer has started in their teens.
Does my child need to audition to take classes?
No. We do not require an audition to dance at PDS. However, we recommend consulting with our owner/director or staff of qualified teachers to assess your child’s abilities to ensure proper placement for effective training.
Can I watch my child in class?
We encourage you to witness your child’s progress through our observation windows. Each of our four studios is equipped with such access and allows you to peak in on your child without interrupting their flow and concentration!
Can I take a free trial class before I register?
Yes! We offer free trial classes before registering! And we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this offer. It is important to us to find the best class and instructor for your child. We promise to do everything we can to facilitate the best fit for every student.
How do I register my child for the current or upcoming dance year?
You can register at any time. Simply call, email or stop by and our staff will ably assist you in filling out the appropriate materials. However, the earlier the better as our curriculum is best applied over the full year term.
When do I need to register by for the upcoming season?
We strongly recommend registering as early as August or September as our more popular classes fill up fast! Several of our most sought after teachers and styles are in demand and draw many students.
What happens if a student misses a class?
We encourage consistency and dedication to maximize your child’s learning experience. However, sometimes students miss classes for a variety of reasons. It happens and, we understand. That is why we offer makeup classes for time missed. Simply, peruse our schedule for a comparable substitute class and we will make accommodations.
How qualified is your teaching staff?
We perform an exhaustive search and hire only the most experienced, professional and well-trained instructors according to their respective discipline. We want the best for you and your child.
What is the difference between Jazz and Hip Hop?
Jazz is a style of dance best exemplified in popular stage shows such as Broadway or Hollywood musicals. A Chorus Line, CATS or Singin’ in the Rain are examples of this style, to name a few. Hip Hop is a more modern and improvisational style of dance inspired by street funk and break dancing. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and other pop entertainers feature this style in music videos and in live concerts.
What is the difference between Lyrical and Contemporary?
There is much debate among dance professionals about the difference between Lyrical and Contemporary dance. The term “Lyrical” is not a genre of dance. If needed to be described, Lyrical expresses emotion in an imaginative and beautiful way with a strong base of ballet. Contemporary dance comes from modern dance, which is historically founded by a wide variety of dance innovators to establish their own modern dance approach. Choreographers famous for their modern dance techniques include Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Paul Taylor, and Merce Cunningham, to name a few. Thus, Contemporary Dance is a derivative of modern dance, which has an emotional “storytelling” component created from the choreographer’s unique perspective and interpretation using fundamental dance techniques.
What method of payment is accepted?
We accept payment by check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover). We process monthly tuition payments using automatic withdrawal (ACH). There is a 3% service charge for every credit card transaction.
What is ACH -Autopay and do I have to sign up for it?
Autopay is the payment method used where your monthly tuition comes out of your credit card or checking account automatically on the first of every month. The only other option we provide beside autopay is to pay for the entire school year up front before you begin. When you pre- pay, you receive a 5% discount on your tuition. When you sign up for autopay in August it is good through June. After June, you will have to re-register each year. Autopay will not continue, unless you sign up for another session.
What if I have questions or concerns?
Our dedicated and qualified staff are ready and waiting to answer any questions or address any concerns at any time. We strive to provide a positive and memorable experience for you and your child. Call, email or approach the front desk for help.
Remember, if you are new to dance please call, email or stop by for more information about our school:
“Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another!”