FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why should I sign up my dancer?
Because dance is an art but also a discipline! All of the work we put in in-studio translates to the outside world. Balance, Flexibility, and Improvisation are all key in being successful.
We provide your dancer with structure and routine but also teaching dedication and commitment to the art form. Dance is a great way for anyone to express themselves and stay active.
Our community strives for authentic growth for every artist instilling confidence and pride in themselves! Our faculty work with diverse populations and can modify and adapt for any body.
How do I get started?
Register in person or online and enroll your dancer in a class or a trial. We have online portals where you can look at classes, account balances, and more. Check out our website and familiarize yourself with our policies. You will receive a welcome email with links to dance apparel stores or where you can find dance clothing and footwear.
Where are you located and how can I find the studio?
We are located at 3100 E 45th St, Annex #2 connected to the Boxer Property Office Building. You can come to the side door with the yellow railing and make a left to our check in area. Dancers are dropped off and picked up at the check in area.
You can also park in front of the main building and when you enter, make a left until you cross the bridge and get to Annex #2. The main entrance closes at 6 PM. Restrooms are located in the main building lobby.
What is the earliest age a dancer can start?
18 Months! Our Sugar Sprinkles Class is for our littlest dancers to get acquainted with the studio space and begin building structure through movement and play. Caregiver participation is required until dancers are ready to take class by themselves. Caregivers will be able to assist dancers in following along as they are guided through a fun class filled with song, dance, while working on fine motor skills, physical development, and imagination!
Intro to Dance classes range from 3 - 6 years old. These are 1 hour classes split between Pre-Ballet, getting them prepared for Ballet, Jazz, and Creative Movement, and Pre-Tap, getting them prepared for Jazz, Hip Hop, and Body Percussion.
Our Commercial and Technical Dance Programs are based on experience and we have no age limitations however, the first week weeks of class dancers are evaluated and observed in their classes. Instructors and the Artistic Director may have recommendations based on age but class will demonstrate technique levels and abilities.
Beginner/ Intermediate classes are for dancers who have some to no experience or those that want to continue applying and mastering the foundations of each style.
Intermediate / Advanced classes apply the foundations in more combinations of steps. These classes require at least 1-2 years prior dance experience.
How do I know which class to enroll my dancer in?
Classes are offered by level of comfort. Our Sugar Sprinkles + Littles Programs offer classes from 18 months - 6 years as a general base. We have Beginner/ Intermediate levels for dancers who have never taken a dance class or haven’t been in the studio for a while, or are looking to review and master the basics. Intermediate/ Advanced level classes require 1-2 year prior dance experience and would be for dancers who feel more confident in the style and putting together the basics and continuing on to more challenging steps.
How long is a season?
Each season lasts about 4-5 months. Dancers will have weekly classes plus access to fun studio events, fundraisers, and performances. In the Fall and Spring we host Studio Showcases with a theme where dancers get to showcase and celebrate their growth and commitment to finishing out the season.
How do I register for classes?
https://www.brownsugardanceacademy.org/classes. Click “Register” next to your desired class style, level, and time. You will be directed to a registration page where you can submit your information, dancer information, enroll in classes, create your dancer portal, and place a card on file. Your card will not be charged until the season begins or you choose an alternate payment method.
How do I pay tuition?
There is an online portal where you can have payments automatically deducted from your account or we accept Cash, Check, or NFC Mobile Payments. There is a $5.00 service charge for NFC Mobile Payments (Cash App, PayPal, Venmo)
Are there any other fees?
Yes. Registration fees and Performance Fees if your dancer participates in the performance Showcase. Tuition is on a monthly basis and covers 4-5 classes. It is prorated for breaks or closings. Performance fees cover your dancers' costumes and accessories, tickets, t-shirts, and awards. We host a few fundraisers throughout the season that go towards these fees and making costs affordable!
What should my dancer wear to class?
Dancers in our Commercial Dance Program are welcome to wear athletic clothing that does not restrict movement. Dancers in the Technical Dance Program should wear a leotard with tights, leggings, or shorts. Our Toddler/ Kids Classes are encouraged to wear their best tutus or clothing they will be comfortable moving around in! No boots, crocs, short shorts, jeans, or flip flops for any classes.
Where can I purchase dancewear?
Check out our Apparel Links List with various options for in-store or online purchases!
Can I observe class each week?
We do not allow observation for our classes that do not have Caregiver participation so dancers have limited distractions. Dancers that have multiple classes and possible breaks in between will have access to tables for homework, tablets, coloring, etc. We also want families to be surprised at our performance! There will be a Sneak Peek Week where families can see a preview of Showcase Choreography.
My dancer is older but has no dance experience, what are their options?
Try the Beginner/ Intermediate classes! It’s never too late to start from the beginning. It takes 10,000 hours to master something and there is always something to learn. Beginner classes allow you to really hone your form and technique in each dance style.
Do you offer classes for adults?
Our Commercial and Technical Dance program is open to all ages! These classes are based on experience level. In the first few weeks of classes, dancers are evaluated and given recommendations for class level.
Does my dancer need dance shoes?
All dances can be modified without the proper footwear but it is highly recommended that your dancer has the appropriate footwear for their class. No crocs, flip flops, sandals, jeans, or short shorts.
Do you accept people with varying abilities?
Absolutely! We embrace diverse abilities and always offer modifications to any dancer.
What is your cancellation/ drop policy?
Families must formally drop their class and provide this in writing at least 14 days prior to the next billing cycle. Classes are not discounted for absences or tardies.
Do dancers have to have their physical forms before classes start?
Your dancer is able to participate if your waivers are signed during enrollment, however we ask for a physical form due to the physical demand of dance and as a precaution since some students are dropped off and in our care. There is an option at registration to list any medications, allergies, or other important information we may need to be aware of.