How much do lessons cost?
Tuition is based on a trimester session, prices are based on how many classes a week each student attends.
Annual Registration Fee: $25
1 class per week: $195
2 classes per week: $365
3 classes per week: $515
4 classes per week: $645
Unlimited classes per week: $755
Private Lessons: $50(1/2 hr.)
8 class dance card (for Adults only): $190
Annual Company Fee: $125
What are the benefit of dancing?
Dance provides youth with mind and body benefits
By Debra Strickland
March/April Edition 2006
Many different types of dance classes are available for children, from modern dance, ballet, tap and jazz to dance that celebrates unique ethnic and cultural traditions. What’s the most important thing for parents to keep in mind when choosing a dance class? It’s that research has proven that dance provides physical, developmental and artistic benefits to your child.
Physical Benefits - Students build muscle strength while increasing flexibility. Young dancers develop a sense of balance and improve agility and coordination. Importantly, children also develop body awareness and learn correct posture. These benefits extend beyond a student’s involvement with dance, helping youth involved in other disciplines, such as sports and martial arts. Studies have shown that physical activity helps children relieve stress and feel relaxed. It also is a great way to help your child develop a positive lifelong attitude about staying active and healthy.
Developmental Benefits - Dance classes are fun and a great way to meet new friends. Young dancers develop essential social skills through interaction with other students. Group choreography fosters teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation. Dance also has been proven to nurture important life skills, such as discipline and focus. Dancers naturally display confidence, self-esteem and poise. These skills are developed through participating in dance performances.
Artistic Benefits – One of the greatest benefits of dance is that it sparks a child’s imagination and nurtures individual creativity in a unique way. Dance classes share the joy of physical self-expression in a supportive and structured setting. This can have a positive impact on children who have limited physical abilities, who act out or who have a difficult time sitting still. Involving children in dance also teaches the basic elements of creative movement, such as time, space, rhythm and design. There is one final reason to get your child dancing. Research proves there is a strong link between involvement in the arts and increased educational achievement. In fact, one study showed that “students who participate in the arts are not only more likely to participate in a math and science fair, but also out-perform their peers on the SATs by 87 points” (www.artsusa.org). These educational benefits are gained by students regardless of their socioeconomic status. There’s sure to be a dance class that fits your child’s interests and your schedule, so why wait? Enroll your child in a dance class. The lessons she or he learns will last a lifetime.
Debra Strickland is the executive director of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, southwest Michigan’s only professional modern dance company. Debra holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and has been passionate about working in the arts and women’s issues for nearly a decade.
Can I ask a question that wasn't listed here?
Yes, you can either use the contact form on the website or call the studio at (203) 595-9494 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Is there a dress code?
All students should wear appropriate dance attire. For the students' safety, NO JEWLERY IS PERMITTED, with the exception of stud earings.
BALLET/POINTE: Ballet students must wear a leotard of any color, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair should be securely fastened off face (buns are preferred). Students may also wear a short ballet skirt. Ballet sweaters and legwarmers may be worn in cold weather. Ballet and pointe shoes must have elastics and ribbons properly sewn to shoes.
JAZZ/LYRICAL/TAP/HIP HOP: Students must wear a leotard and tights. Black form fitting jazz pants are permitted as well as a tight fitting shirt. (No oversized pants, shorts, sweats or t-shirts are permitted) Hair must be securely fastened off the face (buns are preferred). Jazz students should wear black jazz shoes. Tap students should wear black tap shoes. Lyrical students should wear tan slip on jazz boots. Hip Hop students should wear black jazz sneakers.
DANCE COMBO: Dance Combo students must wear a leotard and pink tights. Leotards with short attached skirts or short pull-on skirts are acceptable. Tight long sleeved shirts or ballet sweaters may e worn in colder weather. Black tap shoes and pink ballet slippers are both required. Hair should be securely fastened off the face (buns are preferred).
BOYS: Boys are permitted to wear clothes that they can move in (sweatpants or shorts with a t-shirt are appropriate) and the correct dance shoes for whichever class they are attending (clean black sneakers for Hip Hop, black jazz shoes for jazz, black or white ballet slippers for ballet or black oxford tap shoes for tap).
Do you have a recital?
Yes, we have an annual recital in June. It is not required that all students perform in our recital; however, we strongly encourage participation due to the wonderful experience it brings.
Do I need to sign up for the whole year?
No, you are not required to sign up for he whole year, but we strongly encourage students to attend the whole year in order to experience performing at the annual recital. Our studio is based on a trimester system.
The Trimesters are:
1st Trimester: September 19th - December 10th
2nd Trimester: December 12th - March 17th
3rd Trimester: March 19th - Annual Recital