Information & Fees

Welcome

We are glad you have chosen Dana’s Dance Academy for your dance education. Classes are offered (beginner through advanced and adult) in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, drill team, hip-hop, gymnastics, lyrical, acro gym/dance, contemporary, modern, leaps/turns, clogging , theatre, and creative movement for 2 year olds. We have ballroom, Polynesian dance instruction, and belly dancing. We have several dancers that are Kilgore Rangerettes, Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders and Maverick Dancers. Many of our former students are on full dance scholarships at universities, are teaching dance in the metroplex and return to teach for us when they are in town.

Please come by DDA to pickup additional information and to enroll. Registration for each session is $30.00 per student. Registration dates for 2013 are June 11 & 13 and August 13 & 15. Hours are 5:30pm – 7:30pm or call Ms. Dana to set up an appointment. 972-259-1258.


Philosophy

The basic philosophy of Dana’s Dance Academy is that proper training is of lasting value.

The Academy emphasizes proper training, which is also the policy of all serious dance academies. Although not all students will pursue professional dance careers, proper training is a lasting value in excellence that will carry over into all other avenues of their lives.

Dance is one of the most complex forms of the arts. It extends beyond movement combining the elements of music, design, and drama. The expression of dance is an interpretation of emotion staged to movement. It tells a story with each performance.

Dance is also a form of exercise to strengthen the mind and body. Through physical development, coordination, and concentration, it encourages responsibility and self-assurance in each student.

Our goal at Dana’s Dance Academy is to provide inspiration and excitement in the study of this art form.


Classes Offered

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: (Age 2) develops coordination, rhythm and motor skills using movement, music and dance. Stimulates imagination.

TAP/BALLET/GYM (T/B/G), TAP/BALLET (T/B), TAP/ BALLET/JAZZ (T/B/J): is a combination of the various styles of dance.

THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL INCLUDE TECHNIQUE, TERMINOLOGY, HISTORY, COMBINATIONS AND OR VARIATIONS IN THE CLASS.

BALLET: is the basis for all dance. It should be studied with the other forms of dance. All classical styles are introduced.

PRE-POINTE: is a preparation class for BEGINNING pointe. Open to anyone interested in pointe work. At least two years of ballet is recommended.

JAZZ: develops versatility in the various styles including lyrical, classical, musical theater and hip-hop.

TAP: develops coordination and rhythmic abilities. Various tap styles are introduced.

CLOGGING: truly an American dance form. Known variously as flat footing, foot-stomping, etc. Similar to tap. What they have in common is emphasizing the downbeat of the music. Clogging has a specific shoe with a buck tap. However, tap shoes can be worn until the dancer is ready to dedicate to clogging classes.

GYMNASTICS: concentration on floor exercise and conditioning.

ACRO GYM/DANCE: focus on connecting gym tricks in dance combinations.

CONTEMPORARY MODERN: a technique based form created by borrowing from ballet and other classical styles while pushing the boundaries of movement and incorporating improvisation.

HIP-HOP: more freestyle than jazz, however, based in jazz curriculum and terminology.

STRETCH/CONDITIONING: concentration on specific strengths for conditioning the body.

DRILL TEAM/JAZZ/MUSICAL THEATER: concentration on specific technical aspects of dance to enhance drill team performance and stage performance.

ADULT TAP, BALL ROOM, POLYNESIAN, BALLET FOLKLORICO AND BELLY DANCING: offered through specialized instructors.


Sessions

The Fall/Spring session runs from August through June. Summer Dance Classes run during July. Class space will be reserved when the registration fee is received. Students are responsible for full month’s tuition. Regular attendance is essential for proper dance development. There are no refunds for missed lessons or holidays. You may make up a missed class, within the current monthly pay period by attending another class suitable for you. Please call the academy if you miss and wish to make up a class. If you have a change in address or phone number, or decide to drop please notify the office or you will be financially responsible for monthly tuition and accrued late fees.


Dates & General Info to Remember

1. DDA newsletters are given to students every two months. Please read for reminders and
current/updated info. (The newsletters sometimes end up in the bottom of the dance bag)
2. DDA follows the IISD winter and spring holiday closure dates as well as Memorial and Labor
Day.
3. Dance classes run from the last 2 weeks in August through the end of June. Tuition is
charged on a monthly basis (August is ½ month tuition) Tuition is due on the 1st of each month
Due to the growing number of delinquent accounts, there is a $10.00
late fee after the 10th and a $15.00 late fee after the 15th. Unfortunately, the late fee must be
enforced due to the late fees DDA incurs.
4. The Annual Spring Performance is the end of June. All balances and
miscellaneous charges must be paid in full in May to receive your costume(s) and perform in the
show.
5. Costumes are to be paid in full by November 1. You may make installments beginning in
August. DDA will not be financially accountable for individual alteration costs.
6. A performance fee to cover theater costs is due March 1.
7. DDA performs at several locations during the year. If you choose to perform there is a $5.00
charge per rehearsal hour and a minimum charge of $10.00 for costume rental. These fees are to
be paid in full prior to the first rehearsal.


Annual Performance

The annual Academy performance is presented in June. Dress rehearsal is the week of the performance and it is MANDATORY. Absence will constitute possible dismissal from the dance. COSTUME PAYMENTS ARE TO BE PAID IN FULL BY NOVEMBER. Late fees will go into effect in mid-November. We encourage you to start payments in September if you think you may need to space them out. If you register in January, costumes must be paid in full when you register. You may pick up a costume sheet in the office, which must be filled out and turned in with your payment so correct costumes can be ordered. Children’s costumes size 2 - 8 are $65.00. Sizes 10 – adult large are $70.00 and adult extra-large costumes are $75.00. Combination classes will have one costume and one dance. There is a non-refundable performance fee of $75.00 per person (each dancer in the family is discounted by $5.00) due March 1, which is necessary to reserve theater space.


COSTUME PAYMENTS ARE TO BE PAID IN FULL BY OCTOBER 25


Appearance

ATTIRE:
All students must be appropriately dressed and ready to begin class on time. Clothing can be purchased at Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart, Capezio in Dallas, Spotlight in Lewisville & Payless Shoes.

DANCERS: Girls – leotards and tights. Boys – plain “T” shirt tucked into dance pants or dance shorts
GYMNASTS: Girls – leotards and bare legs. Boys – plain “T” shirt and stretch shorts

ALL BALLET STUDENTS 8 YEARS OLD & ABOVE: You may wear a solid color leotard, any style, & light pink, matte finish tights. Skirts may be worn. Dance sweaters may be worn during warm-up and/or barre. NO recital costumes are allowed and girls may not wear “T” shirts in class. All students must wear cover up garments to and from the Academy.

HAIR: Should be tied securely away from face (ballet students should have hair in a bun). No big jewelry, no chewing gum or food or drinks are allowed in the classroom.

SHOES:
Ballet and Creative Movement:
Teacher in class will cut ties on ballet shoes
Girls – pink ballet slippers with elastic
Boys – black ballet slippers with elastic
Jazz:
Girls – shoes or boots and color are at the discretion of each teacher
Boys – black jazz oxford or boots
Tap:
Girls – Black mary-jane style tape shoes
Boys – Black lace-up or slide on
(Bloch Mary-Jane’s recommended for All Int. girls)
Gymnastics:
barefoot or acrobatic shoe


Class Observation

In order to eliminate as many distractions as possible, special observation times are held during the year. The dates will be posted at DDA the week prior to observations. Please wait to observe the students until these special times.


Additional Information

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Please call the Academy to see if classes will be held.

HOLIDAYS: All major public school holidays are observed.





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