Frequently Asked Questions
What classes do you offer?
We proudly offer classes in Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater Dance, Latin Jazz, Jumps & Turns, Lyrical and Contemporary.
What is the age range and experience necessary to participate in your program?
We offer classes for students ranging from age 3 -18 years, and offer classes in all different levels, from beginner to advanced. It is our goal to provide your child with a class in which they feel comfortable while being challenged.
How do I know which level my child should be placed?
Student placement classes will be held before the 2013-14 season on September 7 & 8. The placement class is required for all current and new 10-12 year-old and teen students who wish to enroll in the Saturday Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Adv. Hip-Hop, and/or Professional Track program. You must attend ONE of the mandatory placement class sessions. (All other classes may be registered for as normal). Student class placement for the coming year will be based on the evaluation and not on prior level. Placement is determined at the discretion of the evaluators and directors.
To be considered for the Professional Track, students ages ten years and above must be registered in ballet and jazz on Saturdays. Professional Track Ballet and Jazz technique classes will be held from 9am - noon each Sunday morning. These classes are by invitation only and students who are interested will be decided upon at the evaluation. Evaluation will take place during Student Placement Classes on September 7 & 8, 2013.
What type of commitment is expected?
The Children & Teen Program is a 32-week commitment. Classes run from September 21, 2013 through June 8, 2014, on Saturdays and Sundays. To best support your child’s training, CONSISTENT ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED. Students may miss only if they have a valid excuse (medical issue, family emergency, etc).
Students are allowed a total of four (4) absences for the entire CTP season. If more than four absences occur during the dance season, you may be asked to withdraw from the program. These absences include school testing, religious commitments, illness, and the like. Students may not miss the three (3) classes leading up to the showcase. Students may not miss dress rehearsal on June 7.
If your child has a planned absence, written documentation must be emailed to the CTP director prior to the event. For their safety, your child will not be able to participate in class if they arrive more than 10 minutes late. They must observe the class and take notes. This will be strictly enforced, there are no make-up classes and you will be held responsible for payment, even if your child does not attend class. It is imperative to your child’s success in the CTP that it is viewed as a serious commitment.
How will I be kept informed of holidays, upcoming events, and other information regarding the CTP?
Please join us for one of our Parent Orientation meetings held on Saturday September 7 from 10-11:30am. We will go over our policies, guidelines, and expectations, and answer any questions you may have regarding the program on these days.
Parents will receive a newsletter every month, via email, with important CTP information. This newsletter is also available online at all times. Please make sure you read all newsletters as they contain crucial information. If you do not have access to the internet, we will be more than happy to print a hard copy for you.
Is there a dress code?
Yes, each age group is defined by a different leotard color for girls and all male students are required to wear a black shirt with black pants. There is no dress code for Hip-Hop classes but we do ask that students may wear sneakers and any type of clothing that allows their body to move with ease. CTP dancewear will be available for pre-order through The Online Shop at BDC starting July 15, 2013.
The dress code is mandatory for all students.
Do you have a recital?
Yes! The CTP ends our 32-week session with a captivating showcase at a prestigious New York City Theater. The showcase gives students the chance to display what they have learned throughout the year. All students are expected to participate in the recital and dress rehearsal. *There is an additional fee for the performance and costumes. The 2014 Showcase weekend will be June 7-8, 2014.
Am I allowed to watch my child in class?
All classes are closed for viewing so that teachers and students can retain their focus without distraction. Parent Observation days are held twice during the season when we encourage parents/guardians to observe their dancer’s classes.
How do I register my child for the 2013-14 Season of Dance?
You may register online, by mailing in the registration form, or by phone at (212) 582-9304 ext. 25 or 26. Registration begins July 8, 2013 for all returning students and July 15, 2013 for new students. There is a one-time $50 registration fee for all new students and a $20 re-enrollment fee for all returning students. Classes begin September 21, 2013.