Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I KNOW THE RIGHT CLASS FOR MY DANCER?
The Studio offers one or more classes to a new dancer based on the dancer’s age, ability, experience, interest and dance discipline of choice.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE DANCERS?
It is expected that dancers will:
Arrive at at their lessons on time, prepared to dance
Follow all Studio rules
Respect fellow classmates and teachers
Not leave valuables in a change room
Not bring gum or drink cans into a dance studio
Not wear outside shoes in a dance studio
Remain in The Studio building unless a note advising otherwise is provided by the dancer’s parent
Pick up after themselves—and use the waste bins
HOW LONG IS THE DANCE YEAR?
This dance year begins in September and ends in June, in a series of on-stage performances. Although the dance program is a 9 months program, TSSD divides the cost into 2 payments. One at registration and one on January 15th. Monthly payment plans are also available.
HOW CAN PARENTS KEEP TRACK OF THEIR DANCERS PROGRESS
Every December The Studio invites parents into the dance studios to watch their children in rehearsal. This is the only week during the year when this privilege is extended to parents. Parents who miss this opportunity must wait until competitions or the Summer Strut Dance Recital to see their children in action.
WHAT IS SUMMER STRUT DANCE RECITAL?
The Summer Strut is the name of the main year-end recital for Recreational dancers. In a typical year, there are separate shows for Recreational dancers, Company dancers, Ballet dancers and dancers who take part in solos and duets. The recitals are typically held in modern, air-conditioned buildings, often Ottawa high schools. At the end of the recital, the Director will hand out Studio awards for improvement, excellence and attendance.
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL FEES FOR TAKING PART IN THE SUMMER STRUT DANCE RECITAL?
Yes. You will need to purchase recital tickets, which are quite reasonably priced, as well as stage costumes and makeup. The costumes typically cost between $45 and $120 plus taxes.
IS PERFORMANCE IN SUMMER STRUT MANDATORY?
No. But each dancer is encouraged to take part. Those who choose not to perform in the recital will continue to attend classes and learn the dance. During choreography they will shadow another dancer.
HOW DO WE GET PHOTOS OF OUR DANCERS IN THE SUMMER STRUT
The Studio holds a Photos Day before the Summer Strut. Parents arrange to purchase photos directly from the photographer, Studio C Photography. The schedule for taking photos will be published far in advance of Photo Day.
HOW DO WE GET A DVD OF SUMMER STRUT?
Summer Strut performances are professionally recorded. You can order a copy of the DVD for delivery to The Studio.
ARE VOLUNTEERS RECRUITED TO HELP WITH SUMMER STRUT?
Yes. Parents can contribute in several ways:
- Class Moms ensure dancers are safe and accounted for when not on stage.
- Security helpers check dancers in on arrival at the theatre and check them out when they are picked up. They also help ensure that only authorized volunteers are backstage and in dressing rooms.
- Ushers escort ticket-holders to their seats, distribute programs and open doors at intermission.
- Front of house helpers collect tickets and hand out programs.
A dancer’s fees depend on the number of classes and optional competitive dances the dancer registers to take. Fees are due in two instalments, on registration and by January 15th. For details about fees, the dance schedule and registration, review the information on the . Each May we offer a 10% discount for those who wish to register early for the following dance year. This discount is offered from May 1st through May 31st ONLY. page
WHERE CAN I BUY DANCEWEAR?
Johnny Brown (Please allow 5 business days for delivery)
DOES MY DANCER HAVE TO TAKE EXAMS?
No. The dance teacher may recommend it. But whether or not a dancer takes exams is up to the dancer and the dancer’s parents.