Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

Why does my child require a separate technique class (for ballet, jazz, Acro, and musical theatre)? They just want to dance for fun!

– If we used a comparison to hockey, technique classes are the equivalent to hockey practice. The exercises and conditioning that gets done in practice are the things that get used towards a game. In the same way, the stretching, conditioning and exercises in class are things that dancers can use in their choreography classes.

Many dance classes require dancers to have a strong technical base so that they can do the fun tricks that they see, without injuring themselves. Dancers need to work on technique all year to improve strength, flexibility and coordination. At Studio 43, we believe a strong foundation is the key to strong dancers, which helps prevent injuries. It also allows dancers to do conventions and workshops and be able to pick up choreography and techniques, as they have the strength and ability within them to do more difficult things. Having a separate choreography class allows the teachers time to work on dedicated competition pieces, without having to go back and do the basics within the allotted choreography time.

Good technique takes time to develop, and we pride ourselves in our strong technical dancers.

Why does my child need the proper Dancewear and hair to go to class? Why can’t they just wear something comfortable?

-Again, using a comparison to hockey, a player wouldn’t show up without their skates and equipment to practice or a game, and in the same way, a dancer has the proper footwear and attire for class and performances.

Wearing the proper Dancewear allows a dancer to come in prepared for class, shows respect to the instructor, and allows a teacher to see the proper lines on a student, ensuring that they are doing the exercises correctly. It also equalizes all the students, as they are all required to wear the same thing, and it doesn’t become a fashion show.

Having the proper hair (for most classes is a bun) also prevents the distraction of loose hair, and helps our dancers to focus on their instructor, instead of constantly fixing loose hair. It can also be a hazard when turning, as longer ponytails can whip dancers in the face.

Why is there a separate choreography fee for some of the classes (hip hop and contemporary)?

– Some of our choreographers are some of the best in the business, but that also means that this is their job, and they have to travel to us to teach the students their amazing dances. The fee we charge helps covers this fee, but we do end up absorbing some of the cost as we we feel that our dancers deserve the best, but we don’t want to make it unattainable for most dancers.

Why is there a separate registration fee?

-The registration fee covers a few things in the year, things like administration (there is quite a bit of paperwork involved), the website, and our online registration system. The website allows everyone to make sure that they are all getting the same information, and makes it easy to find things instead of scrolling through endless emails. Our online registration system allows parents to be able to check their account balance at any time, check their class schedules, competition performance times, and check their child’s attendance. Please always ask if you ever have a question about your account or class schedules.

Why is there a separate costume fee? And what is the deposit all about for competitions and costumes?

-When we begin the year, we always base our costume deposits on the average of the previous year’s costume costs. Most of our costumes are ordered from the US, so we require a deposit to cover the costs of costumes, and when they cross the border, we have import costs and duty and exchange. The majority of our costumes usually come in less than the deposit, and we will issue you a refund with your costume when they arrive. We do not make money on the costumes, we only charge you what they cost.

Competition deposits are based on the previous year’s fees, and as the season begins and we have the competition information, we update that as soon as we know the cost. We do not overcharge on competitions, we only charge you what the competition committee’s charge.

We actually try to overestimate costs so we can write you a cheque at the end of the year. We would rather give you money than ask for more at the end of the season.

Why is it so important that the instructors are qualified (especially for Ballet, Pointe and Acro)?

– Our instructors are some of the highest trained and qualified in the lakeland, and we do this to provide the most quality dance instruction we can. Just because we are in a small town doesn’t mean that our dancers don’t deserve a quality program. All of our Acro instructors are qualified in at least Module 1 Acrobatic Arts, as Acro can be extremely dangerous if not done by a qualified staff member.

Pointe work is also extremely demanding, and our instructors will only allow dancers to go en pointe, if they feel that a dancer is completely ready and prepared. Permanent damage can be done to the bones of the foot if they are not strong enough, or their feet have not finished growing. We want our dancers to dance for a lifetime, not just their school years.

Your dancers are in good hands at Studio 43.