Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are some FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) about our dance studio. If you have any questions that are not answered after reading this page or require more information, please call (334) 625-2590 or use our Contact Form.
When should my child begin taking dance classes?
We begin training in Ballet as young as three years old. We have an excellent pre-ballet program that focuses on the necessary motor skills and basic fundamental training that is accentuated with fun imaginative prompts that keep your young danger engaged and having fun! Jazz and Hip-Hop classes begin at 2nd grade or with permission from the instructor.
Should my son take dance classes?
Absolutely. It is important for boys to have the same opportunities as girls. Dance classes will help build strength, and flexibility which can be of benefit if they continue with their dance training or if they want to participate in sports!
What benefits are there from taking dance?
Dance classes are a wonderful way to stay in shape and develop your artistry. It helps with proper body alignment, coordination, and helps with developing a deep appreciation for the performing arts. Dance can be wonderful for building confidence and give students the opportunity for self-expression through their art form. Dance is also an incredibly disciplined art form that will increase focus and attention span that directly translates to academics.
Why does your studio put such a strong emphasis on Ballet?
It is our belief that Ballet offers a very strong foundation for all dance forms. Ballet technique strengthens the body through proper alignment as well as offering structure with repetition and focused discipline for the mind.
Why should I choose the Alabama Dance Theatre?
It has always been the mission of our Founding Artistic Director, Kitty Seale, to challenge her dancers technically and artistically, all the while maintaining a nurturing environment where each dancer, regardless of career aspirations, can excel.
We will continue to honor her legacy and follow in her groundbreaking footsteps. We strive to train and educate students in the disciplined art of dance and to educate and develop the future audience for dance in central Alabama.
Do you have a recital at the end of the year?
Yes! We have one recital at the end of the year. This wonderful program is a culmination of all they have learned in the span of one year. The recital is at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center this year on May 17th.
Do you compete in dance competitions?
We do not. The Alabama Dance Theatre concentrates on technique and also houses pre-professional training.
What type of dance classes do you offer?
We offer Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Broadway, Modern, Contemporary, and Composition.
When can my dancer begin pointe classes?
It is hard to tell an eager young dancer that she is not yet ready for pointe shoes. Students — and parents — must realize that teachers have to be firm: there is a risk of serious injury in introducing pointework too soon. Starting pointe work is not just a question of age or physical maturity; readiness depends on strength, technique, attitude, and commitment.
The bones of the foot are not fully developed until sometime in the late teens or early twenties. Of course, there is a great deal of individual variation. If a young dancer attempts pointework without proper strength and technique, the significant forces created by the combination of body weight and momentum can permanently damage those not-fully-developed bones. Yet if a dancer is truly ready, if the introduction to pointework is gradual and always carefully and knowledgeably supervised, if the pointe shoes are well-chosen and properly fitted, there is minimal risk of injury even if the bones are not fully formed. (More Information)
At the Alabama Dance Theatre, we do not begin pointe work before eleven years old. Starting pointe work training is always at the discretion of the instructor to preserve the safety of your dancer.
How much are classes?
Tuition is based on the number of classes your dancer takes. There is an annual registration fee of $50. Please follow the link to our fall brochure which has a section on tuition that gives you a breakdown of costs. (Tuition Information) If you still have questions do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com or call at (334) 625-2590. We will be happy to assist you further.
I'm still not sure if my child wants to take dance classes...
We are more than happy to give you a guided tour around our studio and answer any questions you might have. If your child is unsure they can always try a class at no cost. This will allow your child to see if the class is a good fit and also allow the instructor to see and assess their placement.