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Schedules


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Schedules


Fall 2017 / Spring 2018 Schedule

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descriptions


descriptions


 
 

 Level Descriptions

 

Our levels begin at age 8.  Levels are determined by SKILL not age.  Level placement is based on instructor's discretion.  End of year evaluations are given to determine level placement for the following year.  If a student grows quickly, instructors have the ability to move them up to a higher level mid-year if they see fit.

Level 1- This level is designed for the beginner dancer learning fundamentals of dance.  It is taught patiently and meticulously to provide a proper foundation to build upon.  Dancers coming from a combo class will merge well into this class as it is an introduction to a more strict and disciplined class structure.  Students are introduced terminology and technique to carry them confidently into higher levels.

Level 2- This level is designed for a dancer with several years of dance experience still honing their attention to detail but have retained basic technique and terminology.  Building upon the basic foundation learned in Level 1, we begin expanding their knowledge with more complex movements.  Retaining choreography and details is crucial at this level to advance.  

Level 3- This level is designed to challenge the intermediate dancer with a strong foundation by challenging their mind and body with intricate and complex combinations and choreography.  At this level, they are expected to retain details and apply correction quickly.  This level begins to challenge their learning time, teaching faster and teaching them skills to learn quickly and efficiently. 

Level 4- This level is designed for the intermediate dancer ready to be challenged and pushed to the next level by enhancing micro details and enhancing their knowledge through longer and more complex combinations.  Dancers at this level are expected to retain choreography quickly, learn quickly, and apply correction quickly.  

Level 5- This level is designed for the advanced dancer.  These classes are fast paced, and designed to push dancers past their comfort level. They are expected to have mastered technique and sustain through physical and mental exhaustion with a fast paced and challenging class.  Dancers at this level are taught techniques to push past their thought limits and brand themselves as artists and masters of their trade.  

 

Age-Based Class Descriptions

ALL CLASSES ARE DIVIDED BY AGE UNTIL THEY REACH AGE 8.  

2 Year Olds- With developmentally appropriate games, movement, and instruction, this energetic and fun class prepares these dancers to  graduate with tap and ballet terminology, body awareness, and confidence.  Dancers must be 2 by January 1 of the session.

3 Year Olds- Structure, creativity, and confidence is crucial in this class.  Keeping these dancers engaged and challenged, this curriculum teaches basic dance fundamentals, giving them a strong foundations for turn out, rhythm, musicality, and body awareness.  Dancers must be 3 by January 1 of the session.

4-6 Year Olds- Dancers in these classes will love the satisfaction they receive as they set and achieve goals, learn dance fundamentals and  terminology along with enhancing their passion for dance.  This class is designed to teach that dance is fun, and it's fun to dance the correct way, too!  Sharpening their body awareness and mental focus, this class prepares them for a bright future!  Dancers must be 4 by January 1 of the session.  

6-8 Year Olds- These classes bring it to the next level for these budding dancers.  At this age, dancers are excited about being challenged and being held accountable to try their best!  These classes continue to teach and enhance terminology, technique, and introduce choreography retention.  Dancers this age work hard, have fun, and grow tremendously.  Dancers must be 6 by January 1 of the session. 

 

Class Descriptions

Ballet- Our ballet program is a classical ballet curriculum using methods from Classical, Neo-Classical, and Modern/Contemporary.  Our dancers develop a deep understanding of ballet fundamentals, techniques, and history in a strict and disciplined environment.  Ballet is the basis of all dance, teaching proper alignment, turn out, grace, and strength and is crucial to the development of all dancers.  

Dress Code: (female)pink ballet shoes, pink tights, any color leotard, hair in a tight bun out of face and off neck. (male) black ballet shoes, black tights or shorts, tight fitting shirt or leotard.

Contemporary- Taking the techniques and styles from other dance genres, contemporary is a unique fusion providing a modern and more emotional approach to the movement.  Contemporary helps provide an outlet for dancers to express themselves through movement with improvisational exercises and artistic movement.  Ballet is strongly encouraged in conjunction with contemporary.

Dress Code: Any color tight fitting dance wear is permitted.  Half tops/sports bras are allowed, but dancers must put on a cover up before leaving the studio into the waiting area.  Tights are not suggested.  Hair should be pulled out of the face in a bun or ponytail unless asked otherwise by the instructor.  No shoes are required, bare feet is preferred.

Jazz- Teaching strong jazz technique with a large emphasis on performance quality and confidence, our dancers are proficiently trained and challenged to keep up with a variety of jazz styles, from broadway to commercial jazz.  Our jazz program is fast paced, energetic, and full of personality!  Stretch & Technique is strong encouraged in conjunction with Jazz.

Dress Code: Any color tight fitting dance wear is permitted.  Half tops/sports bras are allowed, but dancers must put on a cover up before leaving the studio into the waiting area.  Tights are not suggested.  Hair should be pulled out of the face in a bun or ponytail unless asked otherwise by the instructor.  No shoes are required, bare feet is preferred, jazz shoes or pirouettes are permitted. 

Tap- Our tap program teaches rhythmic tap more than broadway tap, teaching our students the history of tap as well as a broad vocabulary.  Tap helps with rhythm, musicality, coordination, and performance! 

Dress Code: Any comfortable, loose fitted clothes. i.e. sweatpants, tank tops, etc.  Black lace up tap shoes are required.  NO YOGA PANTS, BOOTY SHORTS, SPORTS BRAS are allowed without something wrapped around their waist.

Hip Hop- Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

Dress Code: Any comfortable, loose fitted clothes. i.e. sweatpants, tank tops, etc.  Shoes must be closed toe.  BOOTY SHORTS, SPORTS BRAS are allowed without something wrapped around their waist.

Acro- Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.

Dress Code: Hair must be pulled out of the face.  Tight fitting dance wear is required. Simple leotard is preferred.  Straps must be thick and durable.  Baggy clothing, socks and jewelry are strictly prohibited.

Stretch & Technique- A strong foundation is imperative for successful dancers to grow safely, quickly, and efficiently.  Our stretch and technique program is designed to train the body to perform safely, incorporating strength, stretch, rotation, core stability, and more.  Combining modern technique, jazz technique, & acrobatic stretching, this class helps prevent injury, and enhances the dancer's overall technique in all styles.

Dress Code: Any color tight fitting dance wear is permitted.  Tights are not suggested.  Hair should be pulled out of the face in a bun or ponytail unless asked otherwise by the instructor.  No shoes are required, bare feet is preferred, jazz shoes or pirouettes are permitted. ***Beginning Fall 2017 all dancers will be required to bring 2 yoga blocks and a theraband.***

Conditioning- (seasonal)- This class focuses on the overall performance of the body, challenging it's endurance, strength, and stamina.  Open to dancers and non-dancers, it's sure to leave you sweaty and happy!

Dress Code: Any comfortable, loose fitted or tight clothing. i.e. sweatpants, tank tops, etc.  Shoes must be closed toe.

Foot Technique- (seasonal)- Focusing on the foot, ankle, flexibility, arches, and pointe, this class is designed to sharpen the tool we use the most as dancers.  Dancers will receive personal attention to relieve knots, tension, and overall health of their foot, understanding the anatomy and importance of proper positioning and care.

Dress Code: Any comfortable, loose fitted clothes. i.e. sweatpants, tank tops, etc.  Bare feet is required, bring socks for different exercises.

Improv- (seasonal)- Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamics schema.  Improv helps develop creativity, artistry, confidence, and style into dancers helping them mature into more advanced movers and performers.

Dress Code: Any dance wear is permitted.  Shoes are optional, barefoot is required but jazz shoes or pirouettes are permitted.  Dancers should feel comfortable and confident.

Musical Theater- (seasonal)- This class enhances the technical and entertainment aspect of musical theater (broadway) dance.  this class will include minor voice training, and focus largely on entertainment and theatrical performance.  jazz technique is recommended in conjunction with musical theater.

Dress Code: Any dance wear is permitted.  Females should have character shoes.  Males should have jazz shoes.  

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Tuition


Tuition


 
 

 2017-2018 Tuition

 

  

Drop In Cost

45 Minute Class $12

60 minute class $15

90 Minute Class $17

Single dancers have a $25 registration fee. Family registration fee is $50.

A sibling discount is discounted $10 for tuition.

 
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Policies


Policies


Tuition and Late Fees Tuition is due on the 1st of every month.  A late fee of $15 will be added for every family with a remaining tuition balance after the 6th.  If tuition is not paid by the 15th of the month, the dancer will not be allowed into class until the account is paid in full.  Tuition may be paid by check, cash, or credit card.  You may also manage your account and pay online through our website.  This is helpful for times when you need to make a payment, but the studio is closed.

Absences If absent, a make up class may be taken in a class that is the same duration and the same age group or younger than your dancer.  Make up classes need to be made up within the month that the class is missed.  There will be no refunds for missed classes.  If a class is cancelled, there will be a make up class provided by the studio.

Holidays EDC is closed for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break.  Months with holidays will not be prorated.  We follow LISD calendar for closures due to holidays, weather, etc. with the exception of the 3 day holiday in february.  

Dropping a Class We need 30 day written notice (email) for any class your dancer may be dropping.  If 30 days notice are not given, you will still be responsible for any charges you acquire until your 30 days is up.

Late Policy and Classroom Management Dancers who arrive more than 10 minutes late without notice are not allowed into that class.  If dancers call ahead to inform the instructor of tardiness, they may come in, but will observe if past 10 minutes.  It is important for dancers to be on time as they are warming up in the first few minutes of class.  This prevents injury and distraction during class.  All instructors have the right to dismiss a dancer who is disrupting a class.  Please have your dancer go to the restroom before class.

Waiting Room/Studio All young children must be supervised in the waiting area.  Please no running or hitting the walls as this causes distraction in the studios.  Please try to keep our floor clean for ease of transitioning from class to class.  Cell phones are not allowed inside the studios.  Only water is allowed in the studios.  We have lockers available to store dancer's belongings when in class.

Dress Code Dancers out of dress code will be given two warnings.  After their second warning, dancer's will be asked to sit and observe class.  No jewelry is allowed in any class with the exception of small stud earrings.  For dress code, click here!

Performances  We will have two performance opportunities for all of our students.  All classes except for technique classes (Stretch and Conditioning, Progressions, and Leaps and Turns) and Mini, Junior, and Teen/Sr. classes will perform.  One will be before we break for the holidays in December, the other will be towards the end of the school year.   The winter performance has no performance fee, the Spring Showcase has a $65 performance fee due March 1.  

Costumes There will be no costume fee for the winter performance.  Costume Fees for the end of year showcase will be due by January 15th.  Costumes paid by January 15th are $75.  Costumes after March 1st are $100 (if still available).  There is a chance that if your costume fee is not paid on time that we may not be able to order your costume in time and your dancer will not be able to perform.

Level Placement Dancers will be placed in class levels based on age, previous dance experience, current technique, and work ethic in class.  All level placements are the recommendation of the instructors and directors and are non-negotiable.  This system is in place to ensure that dancers of all levels are receiving the highest quality of instruction possible.  If your dancer needs to be moved after the start of classes, the instructor will reach out to you to see about a change. 

Registration Dancers who are currently on a company from another studio are welcome to take drop in classes or master classes, but may not be registered in our system for weekly classes. 

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Dress Code


Dress Code


Dress Code is strictly enforced at Evolution Dance Center.  It is imperative that all dancers adhere to our dress code as to keep dancers safe and focused. 

Ballet: Female: Any color leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes.  Hair should be pulled up in a tight bun and slicked out of face.  If hair is too short to get into a bun, make sure to get as much hair as possible away from the face.  No skirts or shorts are allowed. Male: Tight fitting clothing of any color, black ballet shoes. 

"Combo" Classes (i.e. Tap/Ballet, Ballet/Contemporary):  Young dancers in combo classes are allowed to wear any fun dancewear.  Leotards, tutus, and tights are all acceptable.  Dancers will need two pairs of shoes based on their combo class.  2, 3, and 4 Year Old Combo classes will need pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes.   5 & 6 Year Old Ballet and Contemporary combo will need pink ballet shoes and contemporary will be barefoot.  All dancers need a dance bag to carry their shoes, water, etc. in class with them.  Shoes and personal belongings should be labeled to keep accountable to each dancer.  We are not responsible for lost or misplaced items.

Hip Hop/Tap:  Any comfortable, loose fitted clothes. i.e. sweatpants, tank tops, etc.  Shoes must be closed toe.  NO YOGA PANTS, BOOTY SHORTS, SPORTS BRAS are allowed.  If in tight fitting pants, something must be wrapped around their waist.

Jazz, Contemporary, Leaps/Turns:  Any color tight fitting dance wear is permitted.  Jazz shoes or pirouettes are acceptable for these classes, but dancers should check with their instructor for what they recommend the class day.  Half tops/sports bras are allowed, but dancers must put on a cover up before leaving the studio into the waiting area.  Tights are not suggested.  Hair should be pulled out of the face in a bun or ponytail unless asked otherwise by the instructor.

Acro:   Hair must be pulled out of the face.  Tight fitting dance wear is required.  Straps must be thick and durable.  Baggy clothing, socks and jewelry are strictly prohibited.  

Adult: Tighter fitting clothing is acceptable for all adult classes.  Conditioning and Hip Hop should have tennis shoes.  Ballet should have ballet shoes. Tap should have tap shoes.  Other than that, we won't ask you to wear a leotard and tights, unless you really want to!  

Resources


Resources


Dance Clothing & Shoes

capezio austin

5114 Balcones Woods Drive, Suite 304 Austin, TX 78759

We send most of our families to Capezio to purchase shoes, leotards, tights, etc.  They have our shoe preferences on file if you tell them you are with EVOLUTION DANCE CENTER!

 

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FAQ


FAQ


How do I register for classes?

We allow online registration and in-person registration.  Click here to register online! If you would rather come into the studio, you may come Monday-Thursday 4:00-7:00pm to register in person.

Is it too late to register?

It's only too late if the class is full, but we can also get you on the wait list!  The only instance in which it would be too late to register is if you are trying register past March 1st for the Fall/Spring session. 

How can I pay my dancer's tuition?

Starting Fall 2016, all dancers will be required to have a credit card on file.  We will not run these cards until the 5th of the month.  Before the 5th of the month, you may log into your account and pay with a card or you may come to the studio and pay by cash or check.  If you do not pay by the 5th, we will run your card on file.  If your card does not go through, you will be notified via email to handle your account as soon as possible and dancers will not be allowed in class until account is paid in full.  We do not add late fees until the 7th of the month.

Where do I pay my tuition?

If nobody is at the front desk, you can drop your cash or check in the green tuition box next to the waiting room door.  You may also mail in your cash or check to 1908 S. Bagdad Rd Suite B Leander, Texas 78641.  If you would like to pay by credit card, you may log onto your online account to make a payment.

What is your drop policy?

Once a dancer is registered at Evolution Dance Center, they are registered for the FULL SESSION.  This is Fall/Spring (school year) or Summer.  If your dancer is in several classes and just wants to drop or move to a new class, simply email the office at EvolutionDanceLeander@gmail.com and let us know what class.  If your dancer wants to drop their enrollment completely, we need a 30 day notice via email to EvolutionDanceLeander@gmail.com.

Can my dancer take private lessons/one on one class with instructors to improve technique?

Yes!  All private lessons are scheduled and paid for through the individual instructor.  Shoot us an email to EvolutionDanceLeander@gmail.com with your needs and the instructor if you have a preference and we will start setting up something for your dancer!

If I have any questions about my chid, what's the best way to reach you?

Here at Evolution, we are definitely email people!  The best way to contact us about your child is through email and then we can go from there.  If a private meeting or phone call is needed, we can definitely accommodate you!

Do you still have classes during Christmas and Spring Break?

No!  We follow Leander ISD for holidays and days off.  However, LISD takes several Monday's off and we do not always take those off.  Please refer to your newsletter to check if we are closed or not.  We will always list it there if we are closed!

My child still wear diapers, can they still take class? 

Yes, dancers who are not potty trained yet are welcomed for weekly classes.  However, all dancers attending a camp or anything longer than 45 minutes must be potty trained.  We ask that parents of children who are currently in the process of potty training to stay near by for their class in case they need to go!

What happens if my dancer can't make it to class during the week?  Does he/she have an opportunity to make up the class?

Yes and in fact, we encourage it!  If your dancer misses a class, they may make up the class in any level the same or below their current level.  This is a great opportunity to try a new style and meet new friends!  Just have your dancer check in at the front desk to sign in and let the instructor know that they are doing a make up class!

My dancer is a student at your studio, her friends wants to try a class with her.  Is it possible and what would it cost?

All dancers can take their first trial class for free!  We would first ask a few questions to make sure the level would be the best to try but in most cases, it is fine to try a class with a friend!  If the dancer wants to take more than one classes as a trial, we would get them a class card or have them pay a drop in rate.

Can I drop off my dancer for class time and go run errands?

Yes, we have everyone's contact and emergency contact info on file.  However, if you have a young dancer who frequently needs to go to the restroom, we would encourage you to stay as do not have staff to help them do so.

Where can I purchase my dancer's shoes and dance wear?

We send most dancers to Capezio at 5114 Balcones Woods Drive in Austin.  Their phone number is 512.502.1150. They are the closest full dance store to our studio.  We also send young dancers to Kid to Kid located at off 183 by Lakeline Mall.

What are your requirements for Pointe?

We require all dancers to be at least 12 years old before going on pointe and be approved by our ballet director.  If your dancer is younger than 12 but has previous dance experience, we would ask that they get cleared by our ballet instructor and by the doctor that we use to make sure a dancer's foot is fully developed before going on pointe, Medicine in Motion.

My dancer is interested in performance opportunites and/or being more competitive. What do you offer for them?

Here at EDC, we have 4 different competitive companies.  EMERGE is a competitive company for dancers ages 6-8 under the direction of Melissa Best.  EVOLVE is a pre-professional company directed by Brianna Underwood and Melissa Best for ages 8-18.  eStreet Hip Hop Company is for dancers ages 8-18 under the direction of Justin Streeter.  EMPOWER Performance Company is a performance based company under the direction of Marissa Forbes for ages 8-18.

How does my dancer get on EVOLVE, EMERGE, EMPOWER or eSTREET?  Where do I get info?

Information packets are available each Spring before auditions happen in the Summers.  All companies have different requirements.  We have something that fits everyone's needs here at EDC!  Contact us to get detailed information on which company might be best for you!