Q: How will I know what class to put my child in?

A: Class placement is determined at the time of registration based on the student’s age and experience. Instructors evaluate students during the first few weeks of class to assure proper placement. A student can also be evaluated by attending a class prior to registration. Mini Mozart candidates require a readiness interview. An interview is available with the instructor prior to the first private music lesson. Note: Dance students should expect to stay in each dance level an average of two years. The progress of each student is monitored by faculty and individual level recommendations are made each year in the spring.

Q: What should I do if I miss a class?

A: Students are encouraged and expected to attend class regularly.

  • Dance students are entitled to make up missed classes during the current session at an equivalent level or below.
  • Private music lessons canceled less then 24 hours ahead by the student, will not be made up. Faculty will do their best to accommodate lessons cancelled but are in no way obligated to do so. Any lesson cancelled by Faculty will be made-up within the semester.
  • Due to the structure of the classes there are no make up lessons for theatre classes.

Q: What should my child wear/bring to class?


Ballet, Pointe: black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, pointe shoes when applicable, hair in bun and pinned away from face. Inappropriate: shorts, pants, T-shirts, anything baggy

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary: tight fitting dance shorts or pants, tight fitting tops or leotards, jazz shoes (please check with instructor about their recommended color for the Dance Concert), hair must be tied up and pinned back. Inappropriate: baggy clothing including T-shirts, shorts, pants, jeans, dresses

Hip Hop: comfortable clothing, sneakers, jazz shoes or hip hop shoes.Inappropriate: tight shorts (long baggy shorts are permitted), jeans, ballet attire, buns, jazz shoes, revealing attire, and inappropriate attire

Tap: comfortable clothing, jazz pants and tanks or form fitting shirts preferred, tap shoes. Inappropriate: jeans, dresses

Creative Beginner: leotard, tights, ballet skirts, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes (Creative Movement II, Pre-Ballet/Tap I and II only). Hair needs to be pulled back.

MALE DANCERS: Ballet: white T-shirt, black tights, black biker shorts, black ballet shoes. Inappropriate: baggy clothing, shorts

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary: T-shirt, pants or shorts that allow for movement. Please wear tank under T-shirt.

Hip Hop: comfortable clothing, sneakers, jazz shoes or hip hop shoes Inappropriate: jeans, ballet attire

Tap: comfortable clothing, tap shoes. Inappropriate: jeans

Creative Beginner: T-shirt, pants or shorts that allow for movement.

THEATRE ATTIRE: All students should wear clothes that allow for movement. Female students should have their hair pulled back off their face. Please, no skirts or dresses. No flip flops or sandals.

THEATRE MATERIALS: All students are expected to arrive on time and come prepared for all classes. Theatre students must come with the appropriate equipment (music, script, pencil) and ready to work. Due to the nature of some theatre classes with a performance, you many be asked to supply some sort of prop, costume piece, and so on. You will get plenty of notice from the instructor if this is necessary.

MUSIC MATERIALS: Music students must come with all of their materials (music, instrument, pencil) and ready to work. Students are expected to practice their lesson material outside of class. This is imperative for progress to occur. Music teachers reserve the right to terminate lessons if there is a consistent lack of preparation.

Q: Will I be able to watch my child in class?

A: Most studios have viewing windows. We do not allow parents sit inside the classroom unless there is a special circumstance.

Q: Do you have a dance recital every year?

A: Yes. All registered dance students may take part in our annual Spring Dance Concert. This fully staged and costumed concert allows students to dance in the footlights for family and friends. Students may perform with any or all of their classes. Look for more Dance Concert registration information to be distributed in classes in the Fall.

Q: Do you offer a music recital every year?

A: Yes. The Music Department concludes the school year with our annual Spring Recitals. All SPA Music Students are invited to perform for family and friends! Please speak with your child’s music instructor for more information. See MUSIC PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS for more performance opportunities.

Q: Will my child be guaranteed a speaking role in the musical or play?

A: While we can not guarantee that everyone will have a leading role, we can guarantee that all participants will have their moment to shine! We make sure that everyone is highlighted in some way. We want every cast member to have a good experience while continuing to improve on their acting, singing and/or dancing talents.

Q: What if my child doesn’t like the class? 

A: We know how kids react sometimes when they are first exposed to something new. We suggest that you give the class some time before deciding that it is not for him or her. Wait at least two or three classes to make a decision. For students beginning new instruments we suggest allowing a longer period of time before switching to another instrument, teacher, or class. We also suggest that you talk to the teacher to get feedback and/or to help your child feel more at ease. If your child is still feeling uncomfortable, the office will do it’s best to try and find a new fit. Also, see individual department’s POLICIES AND PROCEDURES regarding refunds and credits.

Q: What kind of performance outlets will my child have?

A: See AUDITIONS and individual department’s PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS.

Q: What if I am late registering for a new quarter?

A: The School of Performing Arts has open enrollment for most classes and lessons which means you can register at anytime throughout the year depending on class availability.  SPA runs like a school year, September – June with a separate summer schedule.  The Dance Department is divided into four 9-week quarters, the Music Department is split into two 17-week semesters and the Theatre Department is based on individual sessions – there is no automatic re-enrollment into theatre classes like there is for dance and music.  Please see the REGISTER ONLINE page for specific department date breakdowns.

Q: What if the class I want is full?

A: There are many popular classes here at SPA and they do fill up quickly. It is always a good idea to have a 2nd choice if your 1st class of choice is full. If your first choice of class is full, you may go on a waiting list for that class. If a spot opens up, the administrative staff will contact you.

Q: Will my child be lost if they join a class late in the quarter?

A: This depends on what time of year you are joining and exactly what type of class your student will be in. Some class curriculum renews itself each quarter while others are slowly building on a syllabus over the entire year. For instance, there are often new theatre classes offered at different times of the year, with different focuses or themes, while a dance class starts at the beginning of the year and builds on technique and repetition. A portion of the success of the student depends on their outlook and ability to jump in and go for it! We do allow students to join in at any point for most classes.

Q: Does the school close for bad weather?

A: The school very rarely closes for bad weather. If the school districts close for inclement weather, make sure you call The School of Performing Arts before assuming that we are closed as well. We will contact you via email or eblast with weather related closings.

Q: How will I know when to re-register for my class?

A: Families are emailed reminders for payment periods several times throughout each quarter. Also, information is posted all over the school as a reminder and all payment and quarter/semester dates are listed on our website. We understand that those important memos don’t always make it home, so the best way to remember is to mark it on your calendar. See the REGISTRATION page for details.


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