Frequently Asked Questions

DANCE SCHOOL YEAR

School Year Session

Classes begin in late August and run through our annual dance recital held the second weekend in June.

Summer Session

Classes begin the third or fourth week in June and run for six weeks. 

DANCE APPAREL

Combo Classes

Dancers wear a leotard and tights in class along with black tap shoes and pink ballet shoes. 

New and used Leotards can be purchased at the studio. Leotards and tights can also be purchased at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kohl's, Old Navy and other local stores.

New and used tap and ballet shoes can be purchased at The Dance Arts Center. Payless Shoes also sells tap and ballet shoes.


Ballet Classes

Dancers is Pre-Ballet, Beg Ballet and Ballet 1 - 6 wear a black leotard and pink tights in class.  Dancers wear pink ballet shoes and hair in bun.     

Male ballet dancers wear a white t-shirt and dark shorts or athletic pants and black ballet shoes.


Tumbling Classes

Tumblers wear a leotard and footless tights (students are barefoot).  Hair is securely off face and neck.


Hip Hop

Hip Hop dancers wear comfortable clothes and jazz shoes in class. We are no longer allowing tennis shoes on the dance floors for hip hop. Please wear a leotard under your clothes as shirts can come up during stretching and while performing various hip hop dance moves. 


Contemporary dancers wear a solid colored leotard and tights and dance shoes such as paws or pirouettes.


Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater dancers wear a solid colored leotard and tights in class. Fitted jazz pants and fitted dance shorts are permitted in jazz, tap and musical theater over your leotard. Black or tan jazz shoes should be worn in jazz and musical theater classes. Tap dancers wear black tap shoes. 


Male dancers wear shorts or athletic pants and a t-shirt in class with the appropriate shoes for the dance style. 


Other Classes

Please see apparel requirements for specific classes under the class description on our Classes/Schedules webpage.

LOCATIONS

The Dance Arts Center holds classes at two locations. 

Our office and three studios [A, B, and C] are located at 1902 Jules Street. Our fourth studio [Annex] is located at 2300 Frederick, Suite 200 [parking and entrance is in the back of the building off 23rd Street].

REGISTRATION

Registration for new and returning students is on-line.

Classes begin Monday, August 27, 2018

New Students

New students must be age 3 by August 27, 2018. Our Beginning Combo classes are fun and a great introduction to dance. New students who are age 8 and older will be placed in classes according to their skill level.

Dance Class Registration

Just click the Registration link on the Home page or the Class Schedule page. You'll be forwarded to our secure registration portal. 

New families will need to create an account and then register for classes. 

Returning families can click the Account Log-In on our website menu or the Registration link, update any information and then register for classes.

You will also be able to view classes, set up payments, and check account balances.

Additional Information

Please call our office at 816-233-5442 if you need any additional information.

TUITION

Tuition is based on a 36 week session. A $15.00 registration fee per student (not to exceed $45 per family) and a tuition payment is required to secure class placement.Tuition is based per family for a 36 week session and applies to 45 minute and 1 hour classes.

  • 1 class per week – $40 / month 
  • 2 classes per week – $70 / month 
  • 3 classes per week  – $95 / month 
  • 4 classes per week  – $105 / month 
  • 5 – 9 classes per week  – $115 / month 
  • 10+ classes per week  – $125 / month 

Tuition is not reduced due to missed classes. Missed classes should be made up. No tuition refunds will be given after the session has started. 

COSTUME FEES

Recital costume fees are per class/class level enrolled in. Fees include all pieces – tights, head-piece, and accessories. Your child’s costume fees must be paid in full before it is ordered. 

  • Combo Classes – $65 
  • Pre-Ballet, Pre-tap, Beg Jazz, Beg HH/MT to Level 2 – $65 
  • Levels 3 and up – $75 
  • Contemporary – $75 
  • Pointe – $75 
  • Boy’s costumes – $40 
  • Boy’s Hip Hop – $65-$75 each 
  • Boy’s Musical Theater – $65-$75 each

We recommend you make payments September thru December. Costume fees may be added to your automatic debit plan.

  • Receive a 5% discount if Costume Fee is paid in full by October 6, 2018! 
  • Costume fees must be paid in full by December 8, 2018! 

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS

Weather Cancellations

We will post weather-related class cancellations on our website. 

Dance classes are NOT always cancelled when school is cancelled due to weather. 

Please check the website or call the office at 816-233-5442. We also notify local media outlets regarding cancellations.

CLASS ABSENCE / CLASS MAKE-UP

Students are expected to attend all classes and make up those they miss. Please notify the office when your child will be absent from class. An absence may be made up any time within the current semester either in the same level or a lower level. Students unable to participate physically in class are encouraged to observe to reinforce the learning process. Tardy students may be asked to observe class.

CLASS LEVEL ADVANCEMENT

Dance levels do not mirror school level and students do not automatically advance to the next level each year. Our goal is to ensure students master proper techniques and have the necessary strength to perform certain steps or combinations before progressing to the next level. Correct technique is critical to meet the demands of the next level in the curriculum.


A student’s recommendation may ask they take two levels of a dance style. Often, working in two levels simultaneously, dancers see improvement in their technique, strength, and confidence. 


We recommend most students double-up and/or repeat a level at some point. After a couple of months of class, students are evaluated in both levels by the instructors and Ms. Marla. Then, a decision is made if the previous level can be dropped or if the dancer needs to continue with the previous level. 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • July 23 – Dance Class Registration begins online.
  • August 27 – Dance classes begin.
  • September 3 – Labor Day [No classes]
  • October 31st [No Classes]
  • November 21 - 25 – Thanksgiving [ No classes]
  • December 22 - January 4 – Winter break [No classes]
  • March 16 - 22 – Spring break [No classes]
  • April 19 - 20 – Easter [No classes]

Recital

  • October 6, 2018 – receive 5% discount if Recital Costume Fee is paid in full.
  • December 8, 2018 – Recital Costume Fee and Rehearsal Fee is due.
  • May 27, 2019 – Recital Staging Rehearsals begin at Missouri Theater
  • June 1 - 2 – Dress Rehearsals
  • June 7 - 7:00 PM – Senior and DACPAC show
  • June 8 - 10:00 AM – Combo Class/Just for Boys Show
  • June 8 - 6:00 PM – Seniors and Class Level 3 and up Show
  • June 9 - 1:00 PM – Beginning Ballet/Tap, Pre-Ballet/Tap – Level 2 Classes and Level 3 and up Classes, Father/Daughter Dance.

Contact Us

The Dance Arts Center

1902 Jules Street, St Joseph, MO 64501

(816) 233-5442

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