Serving Dancers of Fargo, Moorhead and the Red River Valley
Elite hearts, elite minds, elite dancers
Our classes are set up to run September-May. With our performance schedule, the integrity of the class would be compromised if we added students part way through. To keep the pace of the class going, we only add students at the beginning of the school year, or we have summer classes available.
At Dance Elite our classes are a mix of age and ability. Our ages on our website are merely suggestions as it isn’t feasible that all 5th graders or 12 year olds are at the same level. We would never have a new 5th grader with 3 year olds, but we might need them to be in a mixed age class while we get their technique up to speed. While we would like everyone to be with their friends, it isn’t always the best for their dance education. There is nothing more stressful than ‘not being able to keep up’ or ‘being bored’ in a class. We suggest new students come to summer lessons so that we can assess them and make sure they start in the right class right away.
We do not accept students that have not turned 3 prior to the start of the session.
Our preschool class is geared towards being “on their own” and class being “their time”. It works best after they have turned 3. For those that do not make the age cut, we often start an additional preschool class in January, so that they can still get to class in that school year.
In addition to dance technique, we are helping the dancers to become self-sufficient.
We do not accept dancers that are not fully potty trained. If they don’t quite make the cut off, we often start an additional preschool class in January, so that they can still get to class in that school year.
Our tryouts are in the summer and our dates will be posted on our websites. We only do auditions once per year.
You need to have one year of jazz class prior to auditioning. Your dancer should have a good background in ballet, tap and jazz with good flexibility. If your dancer is new to our studio, depending on their audition, we will most likely have them stay on a recreational team for their first year so we can assess their dancing before we commit them to a full year of serious technique and training.
Our classes are all combo classes. Ballet is the driving force behind all dance styles, tap teaches basic rhythmic values, and jazz teaches musicality so they are all vital to a dancer’s education. We believe in creating well-rounded dancers and do not have classes in just one genre.
We do not accept registration for ½ of a year. Our curriculum spans the entire year. We have a winter program that is shorter and only gives a glimpse into what we have started.
Our preschool and 5/6 year old classes stay busy with different themes every 2 weeks – some examples are “Beach Week” and “Tea Party Week”. All dancers learn the proper technique and names for all steps while having fun. Example – we “chainee turn” with the beach balls and learn to “curtsey” and “arabesque” at our tea party. It is fun to hear our older dancers talk about learning the basics with hula hoops and easter eggs. The preschoolers follow this curriculum and the 5/6 year olds add a level to it.
While we keep all our dancers busy learning and having fun and rarely have someone who doesn’t feel right in class, we understand that it happens. If that is the case – we require a 30 day written notice of your withdrawal. Costume, registration, and competition fees can understandably not be refunded as those items need to be purchased right away for timing purposes.
We accept payment in 2 forms – our preferred is by auto-withdrawal on the 1st of the month. We set you up on this in the fall and it automatically stops after the school year, or when your bill is paid in full. Our other option is 3 installments by cash or check in September, December, and March. We do not currently accept credit cards or payments by check monthly.
We do have cameras that allow you to view your dancers class in the waiting area, but there is no need for a parent to stay. Many use this time to run errands. Each class has a limited number of dancers, a teacher, and a class helper so we are there to help your dancer with whatever they might need.
All emails and phone calls will go directly to Ms. Meleah the director for ease and clarity. Any questions you have about any class can go through her for answers.
Tights are a part of our required dress code for several reasons – the first is that it helps keep the dancers muscles warm. Dancer health is our first priority. A cold dancer can lead to injuries and as we switch between demonstrating and doing, it’s important for them to stay warm. The 2nd reason is that we do a lot of body correcting. If the dancers legs aren’t placed correctly we will gently guide them into proper position – this is much more comfortable for everyone involved when the dancer is in tights.
All instructors have been thoroughly vetted, are constantly receiving further training, and are monitored by the director on a regular basis. We use student helpers to assist in class and help them decide if teaching is the path for them, but we do not use students as regular teachers.
If something happens in class, we will often find the parent after to explain/be on the same page. Teachers regularly fill out class notes and if there are victories or things of mention, we send those out throughout the year so you can monitor progress. Of course, if at any time you have questions we are here to answer.
We do have special sessions throughout the year – check back to our website regularly for those add-ins.
We are not set up to have “trial classes” – we encourage dancers to try summer classes to get a feel of what the school year entails.