How does tuition work?
Tuition for a regular, one hour class (one class per week) is $52 per month, including tax. 'Creative Dance' is a half-hour class, and tuition is $45 per month. Discounts are available if your child would like to take two or three (or more!) classes per week, or if their sister/brother would also like to take a class.
Tuition is due each month, and is always the same amount regardless of whether there are three, four or five classes in that month (it all evens out in the end!)
If your child joins a class in the middle of the month, we'll pro-rate tuition for that month. And don't forget, your first class is free!
Do you hold Recitals?
Of course! Our Spring Recital is usually in June at the end of our dance year, and it's always a lot of fun. Most of our students participate in Recital but while we encourage them to join in, it's not mandatory, and they can take class throughout the year as usual if they choose not to perform on the day. We keep our Recitals tasteful and classy (with age-appropriate costumes and music), and our fees are reasonable (2019 Recital & Costume fees were a total of $100.00, with discounts for families with more than one child enrolled). Our 2019 Recitals had over 3,000 people in attendance!
We also hold an informal performance at Halloween for our 'Trick or Treat Week', in which the kids will take a few weeks to learn a Halloween-themed dance and perform it for their parents at the end of class!
Do classes run during the summer?
Summer Classes usually commence in June, and a schedule will be posted around March/April each year. Our 'Summer of Dance' is usually four to six weeks long, and we have summer camps on offer every year!
Does Dance Canvas have a competition team?
We have three Company teams - our Sapphire Company is for 8-11yrs, the Emerald Company is 9-12yrs, and the Amethyst Company is for our oldest dancers, aged 12+. We're very proud of our companies, who represent the studio at various local events, conventions, and the occasional competition. We try not to focus too much on competitions, as we want our students to spend more time developing their skills, but our companies still have opportunities to compete now and again! Membership is invite-only and is based on skill levels and commitment, and as usual, everything is kept very tasteful and classy.
Are there any hidden costs or fees?
None! You don't need to purchase any specific uniform, and the only costs aside from dance shoes, apparel and tuition is our annual Recital, which is optional, and a $15 sign-up fee which is due for each dance year (August-May).
What else do you have on offer?
We have a thriving and friendly dance community here! Dance Canvas attends the DanceMakers Convention in Branson every February, this is a great opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced and talented instructors in the country, and is open to all students!
The first week of March is 'Parent Appreciation Week' - you'll have a chance to win Dance Canvas apparel and a month's free tuition, and we'll have a selection of treats in the lobby!
The end of October is 'Trick or Treat Week', students will learn a Halloween-themed dance throughout the month and at the end they'll perform it for parents here at the studio!
Every December we hold a free Christmas Movie Night for students at the studio with our huge projector screen! Popcorn is provided and it's a great opportunity to drop the kids off for a few hours while you go Christmas shopping or enjoy a date night!
Where can I buy Dance apparel?
There are several places in Springfield where you can buy quality dance gear:
We highly recommend 'Tights n' Things', at 1924 E. Sunshine. Their staff are very experienced and will take the time to help you find the perfect product!
Children's Orchard is at 1278 East Republic Road.
Academy Sports is at 610 Camino Alto Drive and has a limited selection of dance attire.
What is your COVID-19 policy?
We view anything that threatens the health of our community very seriously, and we're taking all possible measures to ensure all our dancers remain safe and healthy:
- Our lobby is closed - the front desk is open for business but parents are unfortunately unable to wait or congregate inside the studio.
- We've fenced off an area of our parking lot and provided chairs to allow parents to social distance when waiting for their dancer.
- Everyone must use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the studio.
- Dancers are not allowed to use props for a while (i.e. magic wands, floor spots etc), and are kept six feet away from each other in class.
- Our staff are diligently cleaning surfaces, door handles and mopping the dance floors after every class. The studio has never been cleaner!
We've been operating with these rules in place for some time now, and things have been running incredibly smoothly! We're keeping on top of things and we'll continue to base all of our decisions on the welfare of our community.