Q: My child is new to dance, where should she/he begin?
A: Ballet, ballet, ballet. Ballet is the foundation for all dance. While taking a ballet class, your child
may attend other classes, as well, but ballet is the one constant class that should be included in the
Q: When does registration begin?
A: We have 2 registration sessions. The first begins in August for the Fall season which runs
September through June. Registration is on-going until February 1st. The second registration period
begins in May for the summer session which runs from June through July for 4 weeks.
Q: Do you have annual recitals?
A: Yes, we have an annual recital that is held in June. It is a professional-level showcase which
features performances from each student in every class throughout the year.
Q: What sets your studio apart from nearby studios?
A: Our mission is to produce high quality dancers who are trained properly and have fun in the
process. We focus on the basics – four professional studios with sprung floors, proper dress attire,
warm-ups, discipline, proper terminology, practice, technique, solid work ethic and continued
development are the cornerstones at Center for Dance. We want to produce high quality dancers that
have choices to continue dance in their future, if they choose to do so.
Q: What should I consider when selecting a studio?
A: Above all else, be sure your child will be in a good, safe learning environment with qualified
teachers and that you are receiving high quality dance instruction for your investment. Be sure that
whichever class your child takes, they use proper terminology from the very beginning. It is very hard
to retrain a child to rename a position when they have been misnamed during the formative years. Be
sure the teachers are qualified, focused on technique, able to identify dance injuries, and are handson
during practices. All dancers should receive the same level of instruction whether they are dancing
competitively or not. The studio should be equipped with sprung floors, multiple dance studios, plenty
of space, security cameras, a comfortable waiting area, accessible front office and private changing
rooms. We recommend – don’t settle. Make sure it is the right fit for you and your child and make
sure your investment is producing a dancer.
Q: In addition to dance classes, are there other skills my child would benefit acquiring, should she/he
continue dance beyond high school?
A: Practice, Stretch, Repeat. Play piano, take voice lessons, but at least learn to read music notes, so
there is a strong understanding of a choreographed script.
Q: What do you require from your teachers?
A: Our staff are qualified dance instructors who are extremely dedicated to keeping their craft
current. They are required to complete continuing dance courses throughout the year to keep abreast
of new trends. Finding qualified teachers who have real-life dance experience, care deeply about our
students and are dedicated to their careers make The Center for Dance highly recognized by the
dance community and CFD families.
Q: How do your competitive teams work and what is the difference?
A: Our company troupe is named, ‘Center Stage Dance Company.’ Company A and Company B are
our two company (competitive) teams. Company B is comprised of dancers who are new to
competition or want a lighter schedule of competition. Our Company A is comprised of dancers who
desire a more intense competitive schedule. The dancers in Company A are national award winners,
and we are proud of and dedicated to all of our dancers.
Q: What are the qualifications / requirements to join Company?
A: Two auditions are held in June and August to determine whether your child is ready for competitive
dance. Your child must have had at least one year of experience in the genre for which s/he is
Q: How do I know which dance class my child should take?
A: Ballet is the foundation for all dance. If possible, start out with ballet or include it with another class.
We recommend taking different classes, as each child is different and is not necessarily going to like
Q: Why is ballet so important?
A: Ballet is the foundation of all dance. Ballet trains the mind and muscles to have clean lines,
pointed toes, proper arm formation and proper posture, along with fluid movement throughout the
dance. The more ballet your child can take, the better a dancer and the more diverse she/he can
Q: I want to support my child’s dream of a career in dance. What advice do you give?
A: If your child desires to be a professional dancer, a full-time, dedicated life of dance is required.
Take ballet all year long, every year, along with other styles of dance. Develop a good work ethic in
and out of the studio, practice, practice, practice. Stretch, stretch, stretch. Stay current, attend master
classes and intensives, network and audition. Dance in college.
Q: What are the overall benefits to dance instruction?
A: Dance instruction provides many benefits for students both inside and outside of the studio.
Discipline, strong work ethic, physical fitness, overcoming stage fright, gaining stage presence, longlasting
and new friendships, the ability to constantly improve and self-correct, increased selfconfidence
Q: My child is extremely shy. Will dance be too much for her/him?
A: Many children who are shy, timid or have trouble presenting a speech gain great self-confidence
through dance and performing on stage. Shyness or nervousness should not prevent your child from
dancing. The studio and stage offers a forum for your child’s personality to brightly shine.