Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
For a detailed description of our pricing schedule check out our registration & tuition page.
Are the programs month to month?
No. The monthly tuition is a payment plan for our 11-month Dance Season that runs from August to June. Students that enroll after the season has started or late into the season are prorated for the months that they will participate, including scheduled shows and recitals. For details about our tuition go here and for our policies about registration visit our school policies.
What is a Dance Season?
A Dance Season is like a school calendar. In Alius Dance School it starts in August and ends in June. During the Dance Season our students work on their assigned Division towards specific goals related to dance technique, vocabulary, flexibility, coordination, proper posture, agility & dance performance. Throughout the Dance Season, all our dancers work individually and as a team to Perform in front of an audience at least one time at our June recital. You can learn more about our divisions here.
What is a Dance Division and how is it different than a Dance Session?
The Dance Divisions are the categories in which we group our dance students based on age, genre that they want to learn, and overall dance goals. Our 8-week Dance Sessions are designed for younger dancers that are new to the dance world and may not be ready to commit to a full dance season, yet. Then, the Summer Sessions are intensive programs to help dancers that are interested in fast-track their dancers’ journey, compete or audition in the coming dance season. You can learn more about our divisions here.
What classes are available?
Can I send my sister. mother, cousin, neighbor to enroll my child or to do a placement class?
We take children’s safety very seriously. Only the parent(s) or legal guardian (s) can enroll a student under 18 years old into any of Alius Dance School programs. We reserve the right to request government issue identification to the adult requesting to enroll a minor. Please review our school policies for details about registration.
How do I know what’s the best class for my child?
To determine the best class for your child(ren), please fill out this class inquiry form and we will send you options for your specific situation.
When is Alius Dance School Open and what holidays are observed?
Alius Dance School is open from Monday to Thursday 4:30-8:30 pm, Fridays 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. These are the holidays that we observe: Labor Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Weekend – Wednesday prior through the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day 2-weeks School Christmas Break – except for scheduled camps and events (TBD) New Year’s Day Friday and Saturday before Easter Memorial Day Independence Day
Does Alius Dance School follow the Duval County Public Schools Calendar?
Note that we do not observe DCPS (Duval County Public Schools) days off unless it is a Holiday already listed.
Does Alius Dance School have summer programs?
The summer schedule varies. Alius Dance School is usually closed 1 or 2 weeks after the end-of-year recital and one week before the beginning of the new dance school year.
What happens if I’ve paid the whole month but want to cancel my enrollment?
You are responsible for payment for all classes that you and/or your student(s) is/are enrolled in, even if absent until Alius Dance School receives a 30-day written notice of withdrawal. If you cancel your enrollment ON or AFTER the billing date for the next month, your cancellation will take effect at the end of the current monthly payment. No credits or refunds will be given for withdrawals after the 25th of the month. For example, if you want your cancellation to be in on October 25th (so that you are not charged on October 25th), email@example.com must receive your request no later than September 25th. In this example, if firstname.lastname@example.org receives the request on October 1st, you will be charged as per this Notice of Withdrawal Policy on October 25th and the dancer’s last day of class will be November 30th. Missed lessons cannot be used in place of payment; no adjustment or credit will be given for missed classes. No exceptions. For more details, please visit http://aliusdance.com/policies/
What if my child is sick or we are going out of town?
How many makeup classes am I allowed and how do I schedule them?
Make-up classes for missed classes must be requested at email@example.com. You have 30 days from the missed date to complete a make-up class. It is your responsibility to coordinate the scheduling of make-up classes with our front desk. We do not prorate tuition or issue refunds due to missed classes. There are no refunds for classes missed, including scheduled holidays. Missed lessons cannot be used in place of payment; no adjustment or credit will be given for missed classes. Note that all make-up opportunities expire at the end of the dance season and do not roll over to summer sessions or the next dance season.
How do I know when my child has moved up?
We are always ensuring that our students are learning and progressing through new skills. When a student has mastered a level’s skills, the dance teacher will evaluate them and inform the parents of their change in level. Your family will receive an email with instructions to move up your dancer. All promotions are at the discretion of the teachers and the director.
What should I wear to ballet or contemporary classes?
This dress code will be strictly enforced. Students shall adhere to the dress code at all times. Thank you for your cooperation. Ballet and Contemporary classes: Student Division class levels have a general age recommendation guideline for new students’ entry-level but are not exclusive to that particular level nor define ability level. These classes/levels ensure the student’s mastery of the fundamental movement methods and prevent injury. For new students, an evaluation class will be given to determine the student’s proper level regardless of age. Students are promoted according to individual progress in acquiring proper technique and body strength. Also, refer to the Dance Program and Ballet Program table for and assigned uniforms and additional information. Pre-ballet & combo classes: Pink leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes Ballet Level 1: Light Blue leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes Ballet Level 2: Navy Blue leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes Ballet Level 3: Light Lilac leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes Ballet Level 4: Burgundy leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes Ballet Level 5: Teal leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes Ballet Level 6: Eggplant leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Adults, Pre-professional, Homeschool Ballet: Black leotard with pink or black tights and ballet shoes. Boys of all Levels: White or Black T-shirts with Black Men’s tights, and Black ballet shoes. Ballet Variations class requires a short black or white practice tutu. At the teacher’s discretion, ballet skirts, shorts, and cover-ups may be allowed. Black leotards shall be used on non-uniform days and open classes.
What should I wear to jazz or tap classes?
All Jazz and Tap students may wear black leotard with nude tights. Black jazz pants or shorts are allowed at the teacher’s discretion. Girls should wear tan color jazz and tap shoes. Boys should wear Black men’s dance pants (short or long) and a solid color T-shirt for most other classes. Boys should wear black jazz and tap shoes.
What should I wear to hip-hop classes?
All hip-hop students may wear comfortable athletic clothing appropriate for dance. All dancers shall wear dance sneakers or jazz shoes. NO street shoes are allowed.
How should I wear my hair?
Hair – All students must have hair in a bun or French-braid for ballet and modern classes. Hair must be worn in a ponytail for jazz, tap, and musical theater classes. At no time may the hair be worn down.
Do I need to wear tights?
Tights are required for sanitary reasons. Tights must be worn for all classes. We recommend convertible/footed tights with shoes. Please do not wear underwear under the tights in dance class. Ruffles and bulges are distracting to the line of the legs and hips. Tights should be worn at the waistline, not the hips.
What shoes should I wear?
Shoes appropriate to each class are required. Socks are not considered a shoe; they are slippery and could cause injury. Socks are only appropriate for EBAS classes and as allowed at the teacher’s discretion.
Why do I need to wear a cover up?
For your safety, please wear cover-ups to and from the studio. No dancer should be going out of the studio in bare tights and leotard.
How long would it take for my child to move up a class and what can I do to help?
Most dancers usually stay within their dance level class for the dance season, as the classes are designed to grow all dancers’ skills as a group. However, dancers following all class recommendations within our Ballet program tend to advance at a faster rate. Growth in ballet is all about repetition of skills. ALL dance promotions are by teacher recommendation and director’s approval.
Why should I be concerned about letting my child dance in pointe shoe outside the dance studio?
SAFETY WARNING: When doing your dance class(es) at home – It's important you are in a safe place to dance. No sharp objects, hazards, or distractions. You need to be on even, hard ground and wear your correct footwear, clothing, and hair tied back. Dance on a soft surface, such as hardwood, carpet, or yoga mat. For tap classes, we encourage you to use a plywood piece for your tap shoes. Please, DO NOT use tap-shoes on slippery surfaces, such as tile and concrete. Otherwise, practice your tap skill using other non-slippery shoes, such as sneakers. We DO NOT recommend dancing in bare concrete, asphalt, or tile floors.