What type of dance do you teach?
Young Dance offers All Abilities Dancing, Afro-Modern, Ballet, Choreography, Dance and Technology, Modern, Creative Movement, Dance Together, Hip-Hop, and the Young Dance Performing Company. We teach all classes from a concept-based perspective, emphasizing the elements of Body, Action, Space, Time, and Energy. Students explore technique, improvisation, and choreography, developing skills in physical expression, observation and describing, and group participation. Our classes impart a commitment to one’s self, to the group, and to the larger community.
What does it mean to have a “concept-based” curriculum?
The concepts we teach are Body, Action, Space, Time, and Energy. We believe teaching modern dance technique through these concepts gives students agency over their movement choices and promotes creativity, innovation, and problem solving.
How can my child join the Young Dance Performing Company?
You must enroll in one weekly class and the Saturday Company Rehearsal offering to join the company. The tuition for the company is a sliding scale of $800–$1000. All you need is your bare feet and comfortable clothes.
Where is Young Dance located?
Young Dance is located at 655 Fairview Ave N. St Paul MN 55104. Young Dance occupies the North/ East corner of the building.
What’s a good age to enroll my child in dance classes?
Any age! Our Dance Together class is open to children and their caregiver beginning at age 1. Our concept-based approach means that students can join at any age without prior experience, because classes are taught in a way that allows students to learn at their own pace, skill level, and ability. This approach also eliminates “better” or “worse” and “right” and “wrong” and stresses risk-taking, personal expression and exploration, and confidence.
Can I try a single class and see if it’s a good fit?
Yes, of course! Contact us at email@example.com and we’ll set that up.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes! Scholarships are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a scholarship request application.
Do you offer refunds?
- Academic Year Session: If at any time a participant would like to withdraw from a class, a written notice with date of intended withdrawal should be sent to email@example.com to receive a tuition refund.
- Summer: If a participant would like to withdraw from a class or camp, a written notice with date of intended withdrawal should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a tuition refund. For camps, 100% refund is available until 72 hours prior to the first day. 50% refund is available less than 72 hours prior to the day. If the camp has already started, families are responsible for 100% of tuition.
- Company: *this policy exists as a form that company member parents/guardians sign.
By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the following policy.
Tuition for Young Dance Company members includes Saturday rehearsals and all performances, including costumes. Young Dance Company is a year-long commitment.
If, for some reason, a dancer must leave the company mid-year, we require written notification including the planned date of withdrawal. If you notify Young Dance staff by December 15, 2023, you will be refunded 50% of tuition. If you notify Young Dance staff by March 1, 2024, you will be refunded 25% of tuition. If you do not notify Young Dance staff by March 1, 2024, families are responsible for 100% of tuition due.
Should my 3 year old enroll in Dance Together or Creative Movement 1?
You know your child best, so you may want to consider: Do they have an easy time separating from a parent or caregiver? Have they ever taken a structured class before, or will the format be foreign to them? You are welcome to try one and switch if it feels better suited. As always, please contact us at email@example.com to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
What is dance improvisation?
Dance improvisation is freestyle movement, generally performed within some parameters set forth by the teacher. Through improvisation, students can explore movement concepts of body, action, space, time, and energy in their own unique way.
What is the difference between the class and company education programs?
The Young Dance Company is open to students ages 7 and up. Company members take weekly classes and attend an additional rehearsal each week, Sept-May. The company frames its annual season around a theme that immerses dancers in artistic inquiry and produces high quality, innovative performances. Dancers work with professional artists to investigate and collaborate on choreography relative to the selected theme. Their work is presented in venues throughout the year and in a season finale concert each Spring. The company is open by auditions, held in May and September.
Our weekly dance classes are open to all ages and require no audition. Students can join at any time throughout the year, depending on space availability. Two performance opportunities at the end of each term. These performances showcase what the dancers have been working on in their classes. Dance Together and Family Dance participants will have an in-class celebration scheduled the last day of each session.
How do I drop off or pick up my dancer?
The studio will be open 30 minutes before the first classes of the day begin.
Students under 9 years old should be accompanied by a parent/guardian until the start of class unless arranged beforehand with staff.
Guardians may stay in our lobby, though are not required to.
Classes will start and end on time.
Dancers should enter the Orange studio via the lobby and the Teal studio via the hallway past the lobby. Studio doors are clearly marked.
What kinds of accessibility does Young Dance provide?
We welcome individuals with disabilities into any of our classes, provided the class is an appropriate fit for participants. An appropriate fit requires that the instructor is able to meet the curricular goals of the class for all participants.
Young Dance also offers classes that are tailored to individuals with disabilities.
Young Dance will provide teaching assistants to support participants as needed.
Young Dance has some assistive equipment available for use (wheelchair, walker, mat)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss access needs.
What performance opportunities are there?
Every spring, the Young Dance Company presents a professionally produced performance that showcases works created by professional and youth artists. The company also has opportunities to perform throughout the year at community venues and festivals.
Class participants are invited to perform in Young Dance annual events. The Fall Fling includes informal showing and community gathering where each class has the opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned for each other and their family on the stage. This approach allows for more class time devoted to exploring the concepts, rather than refining a routine. The Spring Performances include an all school, end of year show scheduled in May. Each class learns a dance that showcases and culminates the skills they have learned throughout the academic school year. Class participants are encouraged strongly, but not required, to participate in these performances. All participants are engaged in the curriculum, regardless of whether or not they perform. Young Dance does not require families to purchase costumes for any performance.
Are there costume fees in addition to tuition costs?
Young Dance does not require families to purchase costumes for any of our performances. We do teach about production, and production elements as part of the curriculum. Young Dance students will be deciding on costume ideas with their teachers related to the themes of their dances. The costume ideas will be simple, and should be items that students already have at home. For example, choosing a certain color to wear. Young Dance may purchase or produce simple costumes for dances performed by the Young Dance Company.
Are there any other things my dancer should expect during class participation?
Dancing often includes touch or close proximity. Students have the choice at every class whether they would like to receive touch or not. We recognize the importance of consent for physical contact and we strive to foster an environment where dancers have agency over their physical and educational experience.
Classes require registration to keep class sizes safe and manageable.
Parents/guardians are asked to wait outside of the studio during class. We schedule specific times for parents/guardians to observe class, such as observation days and the last 5 minutes of some classes.
Young Dance instructors follow the Rule of 3: that there must be at least 3 individuals in the studio at a time. In the event that there is only 1 student in class, the instructor will leave the studio door open and/or request the parent/guardian to be in the studio.
Dancers under the age of 9 must be accompanied to/from the restroom. If a guardian is not present, Young Dance staff will accompany them to the single stall restroom and wait in the hallway. Young Dance staff will not assist a dancer in the restroom.
If an individual needs assistance using the restroom, the dancer should be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or personal care assistant.
What should my dancer wear to class?
Come dressed and ready for class. Please see the information on what to wear to class in the class descriptions on the registration site and in your class welcome email.
There are not specific requirements for attire. Dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that they can move freely in. No long dresses, jeans, or jean materials are allowed.
For most classes, dancers will be barefoot. Footed tights and socks are slippery–if a dancer wears tights to class, please ensure they are footless. Ballet shoes are recommended for Ballet and students in Breaking and Hip Hop dance best when wearing clean tennis shoes. Hair should be pulled back and off of the face and eyes.
Can I observe my child’s class?
We ask that family and caregivers do not stay in the classroom during class time. This helps the dancers to keep their focus on the teacher. Each term, there are designated observation days, and in Creative Movement I, caregivers are invited to watch the last five minutes of every class. If you have special circumstances, have a family member in town, or you would like to watch class on a day outside of the scheduled observation times, please contact us at email@example.com.
Child Separation Policy – for students in Creative Movement 1 and above.
Dance Together is a class designed for guardians and children to be in the studio together, but the rest of our classes are meant to be attended by the student alone. Young Dance maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio to assist the transitions and needs of all participants. Beyond the first five minutes of the first class, we recommend that you prepare your child to enter and exit the space on their own. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding your dancer’s ability to separate.
My child has been in the same level for several years, are they learning anything new?
Yes! Our classes are structured to be multi-aged. A dancer who enrolls in Creative Movement I (for ages 3-5), when they’re 3 years old, may take that class for two or three years. With concepts at the core, they develop a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the elements as their brain matures. When considering placement, we look at the median age for the class, as well as the student’s social development. We want them to feel confident in class, so appropriate placement is important.
What is your winter weather policy?
When St. Paul Public Schools are closed or after school activities are canceled, Young Dance classes are also canceled.
What is Young Dance protocol if by chance a Young Dance community member contracts COVID-19?
If a Young Dance community member informs us of a positive COVID-19 status, we will notify anyone in direct contact with that person.
Does Young Dance have wifi?
Yes! The login information is posted in the lobby and you are welcome to utilize your time by either plugging in or not!
Does Young Dance provide snacks or water?
No. Dancers should bring a water bottle with them into the studio. There is a drinking fountain and bottle-filling station near the restrooms.
Young Dance does not provide snacks for dancers, unless otherwise communicated. Dancers may bring their own snacks for breaks between classes.
A snack time is provided during camps lasting more than 2 hours. Snack time is not provided during single classes.
Does Young Dance offer virtual classes?
Just one on an ongoing basis. Young Dance offers All Abilities Dancing online for dancers who prefer to participate virtually. This class is offered in the academic year session on Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
We do not offer virtual access to other classes except under extenuating circumstances. Contact us to inquire about virtual access.
How do you sanitize the studio, and what is your ventilation system?
Studio floors, surfaces, doorknobs, and light switches are disinfected regularly and on an as-needed basis.
Our HVAC was new in Fall 2019. It is rated for up to 100 people in the studio. The system runs uninterrupted to maximize air circulation, replacing the air 7-8 times per hour.
The building restrooms are cleaned on a regular schedule.
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