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Why do you have a dress code?

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All students are expected to wear proper dance attire along with the appropriate shoes. The dress code ensures that a teacher will be able to see a dancer’s alignment and positioning. Baggy clothing can create bad habits, making corrections impossible. Jeans do not stretch properly to allow freedom of movement. Dangling or Hoop earrings can easily be snagged causing injury to the dancer. Hair must be pulled securely away from the face (in a bun for ballet classes) to allow students to properly execute dance movements, especially those involving turns. The dress code will also teach students discipline as well as give classes a uniform look. By “dressing the part” dancers feel like dancers.

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What is the youngest aged dancer your studio teaches?

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We accept 2.5 year olds in our fun parent and tot class. The class is similar to a mommy-and-me program. Parent or adult joins the child as they learn about musicality, teamwork, coordination and balance, and listening skills. This class prepares the child to be comfortable without an adult as the child moves to the next level on his or her own.

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What is independent Movement?

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Creative movement is our first independent dance class for 3.5-4.5 year olds. Students perfect gross movement skills, left/right recognition, social dancing, ballet steps, and terminology. All the while, they're dancing to age appropriate songs sure to bring a smile to Mom and Grandma alike.

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Do you offer classes for adults?

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The Academy of Dance welcomes adults of all ages. We offer Ballet, tap, contemporary jazz, and hiphop as well as yoga classes. You do not have to be a professional to attend classes. Adults are also given the opportunity to perform in our recital if they so desire.

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Are your students offered the opportunity to perform in competition? Do you have additional performing opportunities?

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While we're not a competition-only studio, our advanced level students, pending auditions, are given the chance to compete in winter competitions. We see competition as a way to gain valuable insight into the way we can increase our performance skills. Dancers who are interested in dancing more often than the end of year performance may audition to become a member of our non-competitive "Expressions" performance company, which delights audiences throughout Middle Georgia. They are also given the opportunity to perform outside the Middle Georgia area. The dancers have performed at Disney, cruise ships, as well as internationally in the Turks and Caicos over the past 10 years.

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What kind of classes do you offer? How often do students meet?

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We offer a wide variety of classes here at the academy. We offer ballet, which is the basis of all dance, in addition to hip-hop, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe classes. Generally, students meet once a week for 45 minutes. As they move up in levels, they can increase their dancing per week in our 1 hour to 1.5 hour classes. We offer two paths of dance education: Recreational dancers typically take one class a week and our Intensive dancers typically take 2 or more ballet classes per week in addition to other forms of dance.

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Is there a recital for students?

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Students get to strut their learning skills at the end of the year performance at the Warner Robins Civic Center in the first weekend in June. We have a new theme each year that all classes participate in putting together and students enjoy being on stage and performing for family and friends.

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Why are you doing combination classes for 101 and 102 levels?

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Tap helps children with musicality and rhythm. Ballet helps with balance, flexibility and coordination. These two styles complement each other. We have found that once children are placed in 101 level classes, many parents have made children choose between tap and ballet in order to save money. In today’s economy, we feel it’s best at this time to combine the classes so children will still be able to experience the joys and benefits of each different style.

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Why can’t I take just 102I by itself?

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102I was designed to be the second weekly class for a 102 level ballet student: I meaning Intensive. It is the first step into our intensive level curriculum. By registering for an I level class, the student is essentially preparing to take our more robust class schedule. Meaning that they may have aspirations of one day dancing en pointe, dancing classical jazz or even emoting thru lyrical classes.

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Why do I have to take ballet to take Classical Jazz or Lyrical?

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Ballet is the foundation to both classical jazz and lyrical classes. The strength, coordination, balance and steps learned in ballet are used and taught in conjunction with jazz and lyrical. These classes are complimentary to learning and perfecting the steps. Students in both ballet and jazz/lyrical classes progress at a much greater rate than those who forgo formal ballet training.