How long is the session?
Our "Full Term" (that's lessons beginning in September) is 34 classes over 9 months: it begins the Wednesday after Labor Day and concludes the Thursday before Memorial Day, with scheduled breaks for holidays and time away.
We choose to run our primary curriculum in line with the school year to give your child the benefit of a consistent schedule and an activity that they can look forward to every week. This consistent schedule makes planning your family calendar simple too - once you register, you don't have to worry about signing up over and over again for new sessions - one registration takes you through the whole school year.
In addition to our primary curriculum, we offer two different 6-week sessions.
- The Spring Mini-Session is a great way to get your child up and moving during the long winter days of February and March - a perfect "pick-me-up" for the winter blues.
- The Summer "Jump Start" happens mid-summer. Students that enroll in the summer session get a head start on their next level of dance and have the additional bonus of consistency even during the summer (and since its only 6 weeks, that gives plenty of flexibility for family fun and vacations too!).
When is your next registration period?
Registration for the Full Term begins in August and concludes in December (pending availability). Registration for our Mini-Session opens in January and for the summer, you can register beginning in April.
How do I choose the best class for my child?
We take out the guesswork so you can confidently select a class for your child based on their age*. We have carefully planned your child's progression and introduction to dance styles based on our decades of experience and our commitment to consistent research and development of our curriculum. All you have to do is select your child's class and we teach your child exactly what they need right now as they learn to dance and love their time in the studio.
Each class at Lake Shore Dance is geared towards specific age brackets and the material we cover and the methods we use to guide our students are intentional choices to ensure that your child is engaged, energized, and most importantly, is learning to dance in a way that is perfect for their age and development. Moreover, we have mastered the balance of learning through imaginative play, the balance of cognitive and kinesthetic learning, and the most important balance of actually learning in class while having a great time with amazing mentors and friends.
The best part is that when you register at Lake Shore Dance, your child will benefit from the experience of our Senior Faculty members that are committed to your child's success. We are experts as differentiating our teaching methods and focus for the individual needs of our students and always keep our lines of communication open with you regarding your child.
*For fall and spring classes, please use your child's age as of September 1 to choose their class.
My child is a Beginner - will they be ok in your program?
Absolutely! Your child and their class will be carefully evaluated over our first month together by their teaching staff to understand our class patterns and the fundamental concepts and skills that we will build on through the year. With individualized attention, our talented teachers make sure your child progressing and learning at their pace with encouragement and guidance. We believe that learning to dance is about repetition of skills and learning new skills in systemized progression; your child will find their success in our unique classroom setting.
What can I expect?
When you choose Lake Shore Dance for your child, you can expect that your child will receive personalized attention, they will receive a quality dance education rooted in technique and creativity, they will be physically active and engaged, and they (and you!) will make new friends and connections.
Do you offer performance opportunities?
We believe in the power of dance as a performing art and offer several opportunities for dancers to perform and hone their performance skills. By performing, your child learns:
- Goal Setting
- Self-confidence while building self-esteem
- Thinking on their feet (literally ;) )
- Working hard to achieve a goal
- The joy that comes from sharing one's art
What is the "Spring Show"?