FAQ

Why should I choose The Academy?

We have classes designed for everyone in your family. It doesn’t matter the age or skill level, our expert faculty inspires and encourages students to develop their potential by training them in a fun and nurturing environment. Our children’s classes are both inter-active and engaging. For those students who are interested in a career in ballet, we have an excellent pre-professional ballet program. We specialize in performing arts, offering classical ballet, contemporary, tap & jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, voice and musical instruction.

What makes The Academy different than other studios?

Although the Academy is known for preparing students for the most prestigious companies and schools in the nation, you don’t have to be a pre-professional dancer to take classes with us. The Academy is equally acclaimed for encouraging all levels of students in a nurturing and fun environment. Class sizes are small for more individualized attention, and our talented faculty members are tops in their fields! But besides being dancers, choreographers, musicians, and actors, our instructors are also family members. They understand the needs of families and place great importance on achieving the Academy’s vision of excellence in dance, music and theater in a family-friendly environment. Come visit our state-of-the-art studio and see for yourself.

Can I try a class and see if I like it before I commit?

We do offer complimentary classes for new students. In order for us to reserve a place for you, we ask that you would please call our studio.

What do I need to wear for trial class?

You can wear any comfortable clothing. If you have a leotard and tights and shoes already, that will work out great. If you don’t have dance shoes, you can wear socks or go barefoot. Due to our special Marley flooring, street shoes are not allowed.

When can I enroll?

You can enroll at anytime, as long as we have space available in the class.

How are students placed in a class level?

Children are placed by age from Buttercups classes through Ballet Elementary. Beginning in Ballet Division 1 students take a placement class and are placed in a class level according to age and ability. Come into the studio to evaluate the best class for you or your child.

Classes for Ages 2 ½ to 6
Buttercups as soon as your child is 2 years 6 months, they can enroll in the class even if it is in the middle or end of the school year.
Butterflies must be 3 years old as of August 1st
Ladybugs must be 4 years old as of August 1st
Primary must be 5 years old as of August 1st
Elementary must be 6 years old as of August 1st
No exceptions are made to the age guidelines before Elementary.

Classes Ages 6 to Adult
Students in Ballet Division 1 and above are placed in the appropriate class by a combination of age and ability.

Hip-hop and jazz students are placed in the appropriate class based on the age range specified in the schedule and by recommendation of the instructor.

Tap students are placed in class based on prior experience, age, and by the recommendation of the instructor.

Contemporary students are placed in class based on prior experience, age, and by the recommendation of the instructor.

Advanced ballet students are placed in class based on prior experience, age, and by the recommendation of the instructor.

Dance Project students are accepted to the by audition for ages 5 and above.

Conservatory students are accepted to the by audition for ages 7 and above.

 

My child is extremely advanced; can I place her in a more advanced/older class?

Each trial class will act as a placement class. Generally, we find that our students in Pre-Ballet progress at a similar rate as their same-age peers. Once the teachers see the students in class, they will be able to recommend the most appropriate class for a students age and ability.

Is there a dress code?

Students are required to follow a dress code for each class.

The dress code is as follows:

Pre-Ballet Levels
All Pre-Ballet students are required to wear an Academy leotard of the corresponding level color, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and black tap shoes (Buttercup through Primary only). Tap shoes with a velcro-strap or tap ties are recommended. A coordinating Academy tutu is optional for class, but is required as part of their costume in the Spring Performance. All students must wear their hair in a bun secured with hair pins; students with short hair must secure their hair off of their face. Only minimal jewelry is allowed; small earrings or rings only. All items are available for purchase at Carlsbad Dance Wear located on site at the Academy.

Level/Leotard & Tutu Color
Buttercup/Yellow
Butterfly/Pink
Ladybug/Red
Primary/Pale Blue
Elementary/Lavender

Pre-Professional Ballet Division
All Professional Division Ballet students are required to wear an Academy leotard of the corresponding level color, pink tights and pink ballet shoes secured with elastic. Division 4 and above requires Pointe shoes. Upon the entrance of Division 4, a Pointe shoe fitting will be held for the students to be properly fitted for Pointe shoes. Coordinating ballet skirts are allowed for Division 5, Advanced Ballet, and Senior Conservatory in Pointe/Variations Class and Pas de Deux only. All students must wear their hair in a bun secured with hair pins; students with short hair must secure their hair off of their face. Only minimal jewelry is allowed; small earrings or rings only. All items are available for purchase at Carlsbad Dance Wear located on site at the Academy.

Level/Leotard Color
Division 1/Dark Purple
Division 2/Turquoise
Division 3/Royal Blue
Division 4/Burgundy
Division 5/Grey
Division B/Dark Green Leotard
Division C/Any color leotard with pink tights
Conservatory I
Black Leotard with Waist Elastic
Conservatory II
Black Leotard with Waist Elastic
Conservatory III
Black Leotard with Waist Elastic

Boys Ballet Division
All Boys enrolled in ballet are required to wear a white form fitting t-shirt, black tights, and black ballet shoes. Those enrolled in a combination class will also require black tap shoes.

Jazz Levels
Jazz Hop –Jazz 2
All students enrolled in Jazz/Hop, Jazz 1, or Jazz 2 are required to wear an Academy tank top, black spandex shorts, and black jazz shoes. Slip-on jazz shoes are recommended. All students must wear their hair in a ponytail; students with short hair must secure their hair off of their face. Only minimal jewelry is allowed; small earrings or rings only. All items are available for purchase at Carlsbad Dance Wear located on site at the Academy.

Jazz 3-Teen Jazz
All students enrolled in Jazz 3, Jazz 4, or Teen Jazz are required to wear a form fitting tank top or T-shirt, spandex shorts and either tan or black jazz shoes. All students must wear their hair in a ponytail; students with short hair must secure their hair off of their face. Only minimal jewelry is allowed; small earrings or rings only. All items are available for purchase at Carlsbad Dance Wear located on site at the Academy.

Hip-Hop Levels
Hip-Hop1-Hip-Hop 4
All students enrolled in Hip-Hop 1, Hip-Hop 2, or Hip-Hop 3 are required to wear either basketball shorts or sweatpants, with a loose fitting shirt, and tennis shoes. A pair of tennis shoes used only in the dance studio is required, as to maintain the quality of the dance floor. Black and white low-top converse tennis shoes are recommended as they will be used in the spring performance.

Lyrical Levels
All students enrolled in a lyrical class are required to wear a form fitting tank top or T-shirt, spandex shorts and bare feet or flesh colored dance paws. Dance paws are recommended as they will be worn in the spring performance. All students must wear their hair in a ponytail; students with short hair must secure their hair off of their face. Only minimal jewelry is allowed; small earrings or rings only. All items are available for purchase at Carlsbad Dance Wear located on site at the Academy.

Tap Levels
All students enrolled in a tap class are required to wear a form fitting tank top or T-shirt, loose fitting cropped pants, and black tap shoes; jeans are not permitted. All students must wear their hair in a ponytail; students with short hair must secure their hair off of their face. Only minimal jewelry is allowed; small earrings or rings only. All items are available for purchase at Carlsbad Dance Wear located on site at the Academy.

Where can I purchase the required dance uniform?

The Academy logo leotards are only available at our studio. Please stop by the front desk and we will be happy to accomadate you.

How much is the uniform going to cost?

Each class has a specific uniform. Ballet classes have leotards in a class-level specific color. You can purchase our school leotard at the front desk.

How many students are in each class?

Class size is determined by the class level and the studio in which the class will be taking place. At the Academy, we are careful to keep the class size small enough for the teacher to provide personal attention to each student, and allow the class to thrive in progressive classroom environment.

In some Division classes, there are multiple classes during the week; is my child required to take them all?

Each Division has a designated amount of classes required per week. The amount of classes is mandatory in order for our students to fully understand and physically comprehend the intense pre-professional syllabus that is taught throughout the ballet Division Levels. If the required classes per week is too much, our Division B or Division C classes may be just the right fit.

Where do the parents wait?

We have scheduled parent observation days where you can sit in class and watch the progress of your student. Additionally, we welcome you to join us in our comfortable lobby where there are viewing windows and closed circuit TV’s to aid in your ability to watch your students at anytime.

Is it okay if parents observe the class from inside the studio?

Parent Observation Days (POD) are scheduled periodically throughout the year, check out our calendar for this year’s observation days. During a POD, guardians and family members are invited into the studio to quietly observe class inside the studio and take pictures and videos. We would respectfully ask that you make other arrangements for younger siblings who are unable to observe quietly. Other than a POD, parents are able to watch their children from the lobby outside their studio, or on a monitor in the main lobby via a live-feed camera.

How old do you have to be to go on Pointe?

Dancers must be 11 years of age and have the approval of a faculty member to begin their Pointe work. Additionally, students on pointe are expected to attend additional technique classes each week.

Can I find out when the Academy is open or when there are important dates to remember?

Important dates are noted our school year calendar. Please note that it is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all school activities such as viewing days, performances, rehearsals, and dates that the school is open or closed. The Academy will post all notices on the parent information board, and on our website current events page. Please regularly check our website or the parent information board in the lobby to ensure that you are as informed as possible. Please notify the Academy of any address, email or phone # change.

Do your students do performances?

We have two main performances a year: an annual Nutcracker performance where children perform alongside professionals, a Graduation Performance, or recital. These optional performances have participation, costume and ticket costs associated which are not included in tuition.

All Dance students over the age of 5 are eligible to audition for a chance to perform in the Nutcracker. Nearly all students are selected to perform unless their teachers and staff feel as though they are not ready for the experience. Nutcracker rehearsals take place outside of the students regularly scheduled classes, and Nutcracker performances take place in December.

All Dance students are invited to participate in a Spring Performance held in mid-June. No auditions are necessary.  Students get to keep the costume the wear in the performance. Dancers will learn their performance dance in the regularly scheduled classes and will have a dress rehearsal at the theater the week of the performance.

Our Conservatory students perform more often, as as do our Hip Hop Dance Teams.

Music students have two performances per year; one in the fall and one in the spring. There is a small fee to help pay for the theater and all students will learn their performance piece in their regularly scheduled classes. Voice students may be audition to perform a choral section of the Nutcracker with the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra.

Are the performances required?

We have performances because it is an important part of a dancers growth. These performances are optional.

How much does it cost to be in the performance?

It depends. These optional performances have participation, costume and ticket costs associated which are not included in tuition.

Where can I find out more information about your next performance?

Visit our home page for current performances and a link to purchase tickets.

What is the difference between Ballet classes and Conservatory Ballet classes?

While our traditional Ballet classes are exceptional, Ballet Conservatory is an accelerated program that offers students advanced instruction in performance repertory (example: excerpts from Swan Lake or other classical ballets,, contemporary and/or neo-classical ballets). The curriculum is focused on perfecting technique and developing artistry while providing numerous performance opportunities. Acceptance to the Conservatory is by audition for ages 7 and above and is structured for the committed student who is physically capable and dedicated to rigorous and rewarding ballet training.

 

What are the requirements to be on a Hip-Hop Dance Team?

One Hip Hop Technique class per week plus the one team class per week.

Can I make up a class if I missed a dance lesson?

The Academy has a very liberal make-up policy. However, tuition is non-refundable and credit will not be given for missed classes due to vacation, etc. Classes missed may be made up by attending another class and not used as tuition credit for the class that the student is enrolled in. Make up classes are subject to space availability and are limited to 4 per student per school. Please call the school office to schedule your make-up class. Some classes may be closed to make-up lessons at the teachers’ request. Make-up classes are valid for the class that is being made-up only as long as the student is still enrolled in that class. Make-up classes must be used by the end of the school year in June and are not valid into the Summer Session or transferable into the next school year. Make-up classes may not be used in July classes, but July classes can be made up in other months. Make-up classes are not for classes that are missed due to scheduled school holidays or closures. Up to two Make-up classes are transferable to other family members or friends who are not currently enrolled. Up to two Make-up classes may be redeemed in the form of a gift certificate and given to a new student. Classes missed may be made up by attending any other class, not the exact class that the student is enrolled in.

 

Are private lessons offered?

Yes! You can take a private lesson with one of our extremely talented faculty members.

Is there a registration fee for dance?

A non-refundable fee of $35 60 per student or $50 75 per family is required once with continued enrollment, or annually if students opt out of July and is due at registration. July has an added benefit: Unlimited classes (pay for your standard enrollment and take as many per week as you are able – free babysitting…). Siblings and Music students receive a 5% tuition discount.

What is the cost for a single class?

If you would like to try more than one class without a commitment, please drop-by the studio and take a complimentary dance class. The fee for a trial music lesson is $20 for one half hour class.

My tuition in the same each month, even though some months have 3 classes and some have 5. Will you pro-rate my tuition for these months?

The tuition amount is an annual amount that is divided in to 11 equal payments (August-June). An annual payment can be made that will waive the registration fee; the monthly plan will be the same each month. However, if a student registers in the middle of a month, we will prorate the remainder of the month. Or, if a student enrolls once the school year has started, and would like to pay annually, we would prorate the remainder of the year through June.

How does the tuition work? Can I pay month to month?

Tuition can be paid annually or monthly via and electronic debit out of a checking account or credit card. Annual tuition (August to June, or appropriate pro-rated amount if started in the middle of the year) can be paid via credit card, cash, or check. If tuition is paid annually, the registration fee for that year is waived. Monthly tuition will be deducted at the beginning of each month (1st through the 5th). Tuition is non-refundable unless the Academy cancels the scheduled class.

What is the tuition for a dance class?

Tuition is based upon how many hours of instruction a student takes per week.
$62 per month for one 45 minute class per week,
$68 per month for a one hour class per week,
$85 per month for a 1.5 hours of class(es) per week,
$100 per month for a 1.75 hours of classes per week,
$120 per month for a 2 hours of classes per week,
The Price scale continues proportionally with the two following examples:
$190 per month for a 4.5 hours of classes per week,
$375 per month for a unlimited, over 15 hours of classes per week,

Does the monthly tuition change depending on how many weeks are in a month?

The Academy is a year round school. July is an optional month with a modified schedule that includes Summer Camps. Tuition is based on an annual amount and therefore remains the same whether there are 3, 4 or 5 weeks of classes per month (average being 3.6 classes per month annualized). Tuition is pro-rated for your start month only and is not adjusted for studio closures due to performance weeks, holidays, or winter, spring, or summer break. You are welcome to take extra make-up classes in November, December and January because of the fewer number of classes around the holidays (with space available).

What is the tuition for summer?

This summer we are offering Broadway Camps, Ballet Intensives, a Contemporary Dance Workshop and a Hip Hop Boot Camp. There is no registration fee for summer camps.

What if our schedule changes and we can no longer make our dance class?

We are on your team, and we’re happy to assist you in finding a way to work your child into a class that fits your schedule as best we can. If a student needs to change their class, they can do so with a phone call and/or email.

 

What happens when a student is injured?

Parents, legal guardians of minor students, and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury or sickness sustained while on the premises as a result of activity conducted by the students before, during or after class time. If a student is injured, we will place their account on hold and discontinue billing until the student is healed.

 

Can I withdraw from class in December?

We base our school calendar on an eleven-month period from August through June. You are welcome to take extra make-up classes in November, December and January because of the fewer number of classes around the holidays (with space available). If you would like to withdraw for December, please note that registration fee will be required when you return in Jan or Feb. We are happy to do offer make-up classes to help make up for the few number of classes with in the month for the classes that were missed.

Do I have to pay for the summer if we don’t attend a class?

No, we base our school calendar on an 11 month period from August through June. We are happy to do make-up classes for the classes you missed. If your student wants to withdraw from class, please provide us with 2 weeks notice by an email, in person, or phone.

 

Can I withdraw from class in July?

July is an optional Summer Session, but not required.

MUSIC

Why should I choose the Academy?

We have classes designed for everyone in your family. It doesn’t matter the age or skill level, our expert faculty inspires and encourages students to develop their potential by training them in a fun and nurturing environment. Our children’s classes are both inter-active and engaging. For those students who are interested in a career in ballet, we have an excellent pre-professional ballet program. We specialize in performing arts, offering classical ballet, contemporary, tap & jazz, hip-hop, voice and musical instruction.

What makes the Academy different than other studios?

Although the Academy is known for preparing students for the most prestigious companies and schools in the nation, you don’t have to be a pre-professional dancer to take classes with us. The Academy is equally acclaimed for encouraging all levels of students in a nurturing and fun environment. Class sizes are small for more individualized attention, and our talented faculty members are tops in their fields! But besides being dancers, choreographers, musicians, and actors, our instructors are also moms, dads, sisters and brothers. They understand the needs of families and place great importance on achieving the Academy’s vision of excellence in dance, music and theater in a family-friendly environment. Come visit our state-of-the-art studio and see for yourself

What is the tuition for a music class?

Tuition for a 30 minute private music class occurring weekly is $135 or $145 per month.

What are your instructor’s qualifications?

Our instructor’s are exceptional. For detailed information on each instructor, please look under the Faculty page.

Do you have music recitals?

We would love you to come and meet our instructors! We offer a reduced fee trial lesson of $20 so you are able to evaluate your interests and abilities and see how we can help you achieve your goal.

Can I take a complementary music class?

We would love you to come and meet our instructors! We offer a complimentary consultation with an instructor, so you are able to evaluate your goals and see how we can help you achieve your goal.

Can I make up a music class if I miss one?

Missed lessons may be made up by rescheduling another lesson directly with the teacher subject to availability (4 per year/ 2 per semester: Aug-Dec; Jan-June, maximum one per month) Please don’t call the office to schedule the make-up. There is no credit for missed lessons unless the teacher or Academy cancels the lesson and is unable to provide a sub.