Choosing a Quality Dance Center – Why Us?

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As you investigate dance centers, we know it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish marketing hype (‘the best,’ ‘the most,’ ‘the leader,’ etc.) from what really matters. At the end of the day you’re not interested in how cool a website looks or how well a studio can pat itself on the back – you’re trying to determine if a particular dance studio provides and educational culture that’s the best match for you.

What makes us different?

We believe the primary focus of any great studio is dance education—period. While competitions and recitals are not a bad thing (if done correctly, they are another form of education), we believe a studio should be focused first on educating students in safe technique, career longevity, artistic development and dance history.

Our studio culture is not built on the personalities of the directors, but upon providing high-quality dance education. We pride ourselves on creating a culturally-diverse environment that welcomes students of all backgrounds, ages, levels and abilities. Our pre-professional and residency programs support the future of professional dance and provide opportunities for aspiring dancers and we are committed to producing a season of compelling dance works that celebrate the creative and cultural diversity of our community.

Additionally, we are a recognized Florida cultural organization with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and United Arts of Central Florida. We’ve partnered with the Orange County Arts Education Center, with awards for children’s programs from the Florida Alliance for Arts Education.

Our Classes

We cultivate the next generation of dance professionals by providing the highest caliber of dance education. All of our classes are conducted by mature, industry professionals with a degree in dance or a minimum of 10 years of experience in dance education. Our classes are conducted in accordance with the National Standards for Dance Education with lesson plans and curriculum goals. Year-end assessments are conducted with our faculty to receive class recommendations.

Our Policies

Class and tuition schedules can be reviewed anytime here.  All students, regardless of age, are given the opportunity to perform in student concerts. Participation is not mandatory and class time is never dedicated to rehearsals. Each participating family will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the performance and 1 free DVD of season and year-end student concerts.

Our Facility

Our studios are equipped with floating Marley dance floors, which helps reduce the risk of injury and allows our students to dance safely. Our studio is also cleaned and sanitized daily to promote the health and wellness of our staff, students and guests.  An attentive administrative staff is also available to assist guests during all teaching hours, and our entire staff is background checked and certified in both first aid and CPR.

Below you’ll find a list of additional questions you may want to ask when calling or visiting a dance center. We’ve shared our answers but are more than happy to discuss with you when you call or visit our studio!

  1. Is there a teaching philosophy or an overview of what you or your child can expect as a student of the studio? What are your primary goals as a studio?  We focus first on educating students in safe technique, career longevity, artistic development and dance history, then providing performance opportunities for those aspiring dancers who wish to participate.
  2. How do you go about helping students reach their creative potential and move beyond plateaus?  Each of our teachers works with their students, providing individual attention to inspire and motivate each student to the best of their ability. Learn more about our faculty or contact us to discuss further.
  3. What degrees or credentials do you require of your faculty? Are your artistic leaders & faculty educated, experienced industry professionals who specialize in dance education?  Ours are.  Learn more about our faculty here.
  4. Are students required to participate in competitions and recitals? Is class time ever dedicated to rehearsals? What about non-participating students – are they pushed to the back and forced to learn competition choreography when that’s not the student’s goal?  Not here!  Our performances are voluntary.  We never devote class time to rehearsal, so non-participating students will always get the class time they paid for.
  5. Do you have an understanding of the local dance industry and maintain affiliations with dance professionals?   Over the past 13 years, the organization has supported emerging and seasoned artists in the creation and presentation of more than 250 new dance works, including those by Moore Dance Project, U-Turn Dance Company, Coby Project, Dawn Branch Works, explore theatre & dance co., DRIP, Yow Dance, Emotions Dance Company and more.
  1. Are students taught the fundamental elements of choreography? Are students given the opportunity to develop their own choreography?  Ours are!  Our pre-professional students have the opportunity to present work at our student concerts.
  2. Do you offer a trial class? We do! Contact us and we’ll be happy to help place you in the right class.

Any quality dance studio will be eagerly receptive to (and skilled at) answering any of your questions.  If the primary goal of that studio is EDUCATION there should be no hesitation, aggression or stuttering when answering your questions.  If there is, that’s a good indicator that there’s probably another dance center out there that’s more interested in giving you the education you deserve.  View the checklist below.

Need a question answered or a studio recommendation from one of our experts?  Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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