Frequently Asked Questions

Answered by our Owner


1. When is fall registration? How much does class cost?

We are currently taking registration for the fall; however, registration will close mid-October, so don't miss your chance to REGISTER TODAY! Tuition rates vary depending on class placement. Payments are made in TEN equal installments (easier to remember) starting in August and going thru May. *Company tuition payments are made in TWELVE installments.

2. What day and time will ballet/tap/jazz/lyrical class(es) be offered for my child's age this school year? (2021-2022) 

Our current class schedule (excluding Company classes) are listed below. This can also be found on the Curriculum Tab along with basic class descriptions and ages.

  • ​Tiny Twos - TUESDAY 4:00-4:45 (2 year olds). It is a Creative Movement/Ballet Class.
  • Preschool I-II - THURSDAY 4:30-5:30 (3-4 year olds). It is a Ballet/Tap Combo Class.
  • Preschool II-III - TUESDAY 4:30-5:30 (4-5 year olds). It is a Ballet/Tap Combo Class.
  • Primary I-II - THURSDAY 5:30-6:30 (NEW). It is a Ballet/Tap Combo Class.
  • Primary II-III – WEDNESDAY 4:30-5:30 (RET). It is a Ballet/Tap Combo Class.
  • Jazz (Ages 6-8) – WEDNESDAY 5:30-6:15 (Beginners)
  • Elementary Combo I-III – TUESDAY 7:00-8:30.  It is a Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo Class.
  • Petite Combo – WEDNESDAY 4:30-6:30. It is a Ballet/Tap/Jazz/ Lyrical Combo Class.
  • Pre-Teen/Teen Combo – MONDAY 7:00-9:00. It is a Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Lyrical Combo Class. ​
  • Adults - WEDNESDAY 7:00-9:00 It is a Tap/Jazz Combo Class.

A la carte classes offered, please come visit us for more information!

3. Are parents allowed to watch or wait in the waiting room?

​Parents are not allowed to watch on a weekly basis. Some parents will wait in the waiting room, especially in those first few weeks...but that doesn't last long! :) When they see how quickly the girls pick up on our weekly routine the parents are usually off to run errands and will pick up at the end of class.  We do have a parent’s visitation & awards week in May to show off their curriculum and Recital dance(s) and receive their certificate of completion.

4. How many kids are typically in a class?

​Class sizes vary from year to year; however, we like to keep the class no more than 12-14 so each dancer feels they are getting individual attention each week! 

5. For the recital, do the younger kids get to perform first or at least earlier in the afternoon/night?

​Each year the youngest age group is #2 in the whole show...right after the Opening number!  The cuteness is ALWAYS a BIG HIT!  If a group has more than one number in the recital, they typically have one in the first act and the other in the second act.

6. Can you pick up your kid once they are done with their part of the recital?

​I always encourage parents to pick up their dancer at intermission and let them go out into the audience to watch!  I tell everybody that the girls see a different side of the show than the audience does and I feel it is important that they get to experience both! 

7. Do the teachers perform on stage with the class or does the class perform on their own?

​The teachers will NOT perform on the stage with them...We do things a bit differently than other studios, we do "our hands" while sitting in the pit (in front of stage) where the little dancers can see the teachers BUT the audience CAN NOT!!  We don't want to take away from them and their hard work!  It always amazes me how well they do without help, but I stay right there just in case they need a friendly, smiling reminder!  Side note:  Each class has at least one student assistant.  Our student assistants consist of members of our Senior Company, they assist weekly classes as part of their Graduate Program.  They are present to help and encourage the students but are NOT teaching the class.

8. Are classes based on age and/or ability?

Class placement is based on age, ability, and years of dance.  Class placement is also decided at the owner's discretion.

9. If the class is a combo ballet/tap class, do they perform in 2 recital pieces or just one?

Here is a layout of how many pieces each group does based on their class.

  • Tiny Twos & Preschool Combos - 1 (ballet or tap, I like to alternate from year to year when it comes to the recital pieces)
  • Primary Combos - 2 (ballet and tap)
  • Elementary Combo– 3 (ballet, tap, and jazz)
  • Petite Combo/Pre-Teen/Teen Combos - 4 (ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical)

​10. What is the attire requirements, including hair?

​We maintain a strict dress code for ALL classes. All dancewear is fitted and purchased through the studio.  

Dancewear requirements:

  • Preschool and Primary classes include: Purple Leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, Tan Tap Shoes
  • Elementary, Pre-Teen and Teen classes include: Black Leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, Black Tap Shoes, Tan Jazz Shoes and Black Shorts
  • A la carte classes: please see owner and instructors
  • Hair is to be worn in a nice tight secure bun for ALL classes.

11. Also, for the yearly recital, what additional fees are there set aside from costumes?

​We have a $100.00 recital package included in the recital statement in addition to the costume: The package consists of a Recital T-shirt (with the cast list on the back), a DVD recorded live during the recital, a CD of the dancer’s recital music to practice at home, and a memorabilia button.

12. How much were ticket prices at last year's recital?

​​We hold our annual recital at the beautiful Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University. Ticket sales are handled through the Ferguson Center Box Office and include minor fees and tax.


*Subject to change as we continue navigating with restrictions, precautions, etc.

13. What is our plan if COVID-19 closes the studio doors?

If we have another lockdown or return back to phase one, the studio will need to close it's doors due to pandemic as well as the health and safety of our studio family.  Upon day of closure, the studio will take a 2 week break for teacher preparation and instructor-parent communication to set up ZOOM for ALL dancers.  Our MONTHLY schedule will look as followed: 

Week 1 - Zoom Class with Instructor

Week 2 - Zoom Class with Instructor

Week 3 - Pre-recorded classes will be sent via email (no Zoom)

Week 4 - Zoom Class with Instructor.

In terms of tuition, a monthly payment will remain in affect, but it will be a reduced amount due to not having "in-studio" instruction even though we will be "open virtually."  *Details to follow.  However, upon reopening, your dancer's class day/time and monthly tuition amount will return to it's original state.

​14. What safety precautions will the studio have in place during the pandemic?

*NEW due to Delta/Omicron Variant 

As of right now, based on the CDC recommendations and the decisions of the school districts surrounding us, our safest option for the time being, is that ALL dancers (some exceptions may apply, i.e. Tiny Twos), faculty, and anyone entering the studio must be masked whether fully vaccinated or not. Dancers will be required wear a mask in order to participate in classes. Things are ever changing and evolving and we will as well when it's deemed necessary.


With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise daily in our community, I have had to implement a new studio policy.  I am aware that it is short notice and in no way meant to be an inconvenience however, I ask out of an abundance of caution, that all parents and students have total transparency and communicate to the studio if your dancer has traveled outside of the state of Virginia or out of the country in the last few weeks.  If so, the new studio policy is that before you or your dancer come back into the studio, you will have to have been back home and quarantined, symptom free, for the recommended 14 days before returning to the studio.  Please understand that this policy is an effort to keep all Elevé dancers and staff safe and healthy. 

We will also upon return, require ALL DANCERS AND INSTRUCTORS to wear a mask at ALL TIMES.  With classes being smaller individual companies and shorter class times, it will be easier to have set breaks within each class, to give the dancers an opportunity to have a break and breathe.  It is currently, although uncomfortable, seemingly a necessary step for the current COVID-19 situation.  I suggest that your dancer wear a regular surgical mask instead of the multi-layered masks that most people are wearing now.  They seem to be a bit lighter weight and more breathable and will hopefully be a little easier to withstand while dancing.  If you can not find one at this time, the studio will provide ONE for your dancer upon entry.


*CDC recommends that everyone 2 years and older wear a cloth face covering/mask that covers their nose and mouth. 

The studio policies and safety procedures that were in place for classes in June will stand: We will be continuing with our 6 feet of distance within the studio walls.  New spacing will be added to the floors in both studios to help navigate our dancers properly.  The waiting area will remain closed to parents and the studio will continue its policy of a drop-off/pick-up at the front doors ONLY.    The front doors will remain open during classes and we will also be continuing to clean in between each class (Including the restroom).

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