How old does my child need to be to begin classes at SDDA?
We offer classes for students ages 2 through adults. For a complete listing of class offerings, click here.
What is the typical dance season?
SDDA offers two seasons during the year, a “school year” season and a summer season. The “school year” season begins in September and culminates with a recital at the conclusion of school. The summer season runs during June and July only, with a week off for the July 4th holiday, and August off.
Can I enroll my child mid-season?
Yes, in many cases. We welcome students any time through late November. However, after that time, our students are preparing for our year-end recital. It is important for dancers to have a certain level of skill for the recital, so we do limit enrollment after that time. Please contact us if timing is an issue, and we will do our best to accommodate your student.
My child is 9 years old, and this will be her first year in dance class. Will she be in a beginner class with much younger students?
No. In most cases, your student will be enrolled in a class with other students near his or her age. Most of our elementary classes have both new and returning students enrolled. Your child is sure to make friends with another student who is also a beginner.
Are parents allowed to observe classes each week?
Yes! SDDA offers a high-definition video observation system so you can watch from the comfort of the lobby. This approach helps our younger students to attain self-sufficiency while offering them the reassurance that a parent is waiting right outside, “watching them on TV.” Also, we host two in-class parent observation days per year: the last lesson before Christmas break, and a mid-spring class during costume week. These are very special days for which you may invite grandparents, aunts & uncles, and the whole family to observe your student’s progress.
My daughter wants to wear her favorite princess dress or tutu to dance class. Why do you have a dress code?
Our dress code exists because we want our students to avoid the distractions associated with individual costumes and frills. It is also important for the teacher to see how the dancer is implementing the technical aspect of the dance being taught. Finally, a classical dress code builds respect and discipline for the art form. Please see our dress code here for more details.
How do I know in which class to enroll my child?
Returning students will receive a list of pre-approved classes each season. New families with students under 8 years old are welcome to choose a class that best fits your family's schedule. New students who desire to dance in our pre-professional program should always call Mrs. Michelle to discuss placement and/or to schedule an evaluation.
How much does a dance class cost?
Tuition is charged monthly and is based on the number of hours per week in which your child is enrolled. Please see our tuition chart here for more details. Special note: other fees may also apply, such as registration fee, recital fee, and recital costumes.
What performance opportunities will my student be afforded?
All classes will perform one or more dances in our spring recital, with the exception of Tippy Toes. In addition, some classes may be asked to perform at other times during the year, such as charitable Christmas performances, special projects, Arts Fest, Kids Fest, Toad Suck Daze, etc.
Do you offer a competition team?
Yes. However, SDDA is a “technique first” studio. This means we treat competition as an invitation/audition-based extracurricular program. For more information, contact Mrs. Michelle.
Can my child make up a missed class?
Yes! Dancers can take a make-up class in the same or lower level class designation but must do so within two weeks of the absence. Please notify the office in advance so we may make proper accommodation.
Do you have an inclement weather policy?
Yes. SDDA follows the Conway Public Schools stance on inclement weather. If the schools are closed, the Studio is closed. This does NOT apply to late-start days. Also, if the weather worsens after school hours, SDDA will make a cancellation decision, erring on the side of safety, and alert all families in a timely manner via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Be sure to like or follow us on all these mediums.