FAQs

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Can I observe whenever I like?  

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You would think the answer should be yes, but actually it shouldn’t be.  Observing what you are paying for is important, but observing class should be reserved to several times a year.  The reason being is that a student needs to have his or her entire focus on their instructor in order to make the greatest progress.  They cannot do this if they are constantly looking to you to see if you’re watching or what you think of what they’re doing.  It’s distracting and a distracted learning environment is not a good one.  We have 2 observation weeks a year and you will also see your child in performances.  When you only watch several times a year, you will be very impressed with their visible improvement.

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What teaching techniques are utilized in your school?  

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There are only a small number of teaching techniques for each genre of dance and most schools use a mix.  For ballet classes, we use a mix of: Cecchetti, Vaganova, French School, Balanchine and Bournonville.  For modern we are mostly Horton based, but do introduce students to Graham, Limon and Cunningham as well.   Most of our jazz and tap classes are musical theater and classically based.

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How much performance experience do the students get? 

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Being able to perform is a very important skill set for a dancer, therefore getting to perform on stage at least once a year is essential.  Every dancer at SDSD is encouraged to participate in our end of the year recital.  Performance opportunities increase with the age of the dance student.  At age 6, your dancer can audition for The Nutcracker.  If you are a SDSD student, you are guaranteed a role.  When your dancer gets older, they may audition for our pre-professional, non-profit youth company, South Dayton Dance Theatre where they have an opportunity to attend dance festivals, do community outreach performances and participate in Spring Concert.

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Do you have to pay for costumes?

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We order costumes for our creative movement, pre-ballet and pre-tap classes since many of our parents insist on keeping their child’s first dance costume.  After that, at about age 6, we begin renting costumes from our costume shop for a small fee to all our students to cover cleaning and alteration costs.

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Do you have to pay for solos?

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Solos should be given by merit, not to the person that pays the most.  If you need to pay for your dancer to have a solo, this can raise concerns.

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Can you give me a copy of your curriculum and mission statement?

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South Dayton School of Dance’s objective is to train first class dancers in a professional, yet fun and healthy environment with an emphasis on ballet and modern technique.  If you’d like a copy of the syllabus for your child’s class, please feel free to stop in the office and ask Miss Julie for a copy.

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Are you part of a non-profit organization?

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Our performing company, South Dayton Dance Theatre, is a not for profit organization.  As your child gets older, they may audition for this prestigious and award winning organization.

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What types of dance do you teach?

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We are centered on ballet training which is the foundation for every other dance form.  We offer ballet and its derivatives (pointe, variations and partnering) as well as modern, jazz, hip hop and tap.  We have adult classes, Mommy and Me, Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet.

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What are the teachers’ credentials? Do they have degrees? Have they danced professionally?

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Almost all our faculty have danced professionally, have a BFA degree in dance or both.

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How many students have gone on to study in college dance programs in the past five years?

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Many of our graduates have gone on to BFA and BA dance programs across the country, many on scholarship, to programs such as SUNY Purchase, Boston Conservatory, Tisch School at NYU, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Wright State, Ball State, OU, OSU, Butler, Southern Methodist, University of Utah and Point Park (we have one of our alumni on faculty here).

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How many students have gone on to dance professionally?

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Many of our graduates have gone on to dance professionally in ballet companies, modern companies and free-lance.  We have had our dancers in Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance, Dance Iquail, just to name a few, and are free-lancing throughout the country.

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Are students placed by age or skill level?

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We place dancers by skill level after the age of six or so.  Certain muscles do not develop until that age, but afterwards, each dancer develops at their own rate.  Not all ten year olds have the same technique, muscle development, attention span, balance, flexibility, coordination and mind/body connection.  You want your child to be challenged, but not overwhelmed.

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How long are the classes?

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Classes for Mommy and Me are 30 minutes. Creative movement and pre-ballet are 45 minutes, beginning levels of all forms are one hour, intermediate level are 75 minutes and advanced classes are 90 minutes.  Be aware of combination classes.  If the school is trying to teach two or three different dance genres in a small amount of time, you should be wary.  A good school should really provide separate classes with teachers that specialize in each type of instruction to provide the in-depth training each style needs which is what SDSD provides.

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Does the school have a dress code?

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A good school should have a pretty strict dress code and you can find all the details of ours in our registration packet under Forms.  This prevents injury as well as allows the instructor to see body placement and make corrections.  The hair should also have to be back in a bun with hairpins and a hairnet.  Dancers must learn to spot their head for turns and this type of hair makes it possible for them learn that important skill.

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What type of flooring does SDSD have?

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We have a sprung or floating floor with a Marley overlay. Proper dance floors are essential when it comes to preventing injury.

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When is my bill due?

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The 1st of each Month. There is a secure mailbox to drop your payment in to when the studio is closed.