Questions to ask when choosing a dance studio
If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter where you enroll your child? Yes. There are several things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are some frequently asked questions that a parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
What do I do if I miss a class?
Students can make up a class in any equivalent class and may take up to two weeks to do the make up. Please call to let us know what class you will be attending for your make up.
Do you have classes for Adults?
We offer several classes for adults: Ballet, Modern, Ballroom, and Pilates. We accept drop-ins for adult dance classes and also offer four class cards.
Can I try a class before registering?
Yes, we have a free trial policy. You can come try any class for free and if it’s not for you, there is no obligation to pay.
Is there a discount for multiple classes?
Yes, there is a 10% discount for your second class, a 20% discount for your third, 30% for your fourth and all subsequent classes. This applies to multiple students as well.
Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studio has office staff on hand during regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.
What are the “extras” required for the year-end show?
Most studios put on a year-end show in a professional theatre. Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes, or pay extra and the parents must find their own seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Most studios also require parents to purchase tickets for the recital performance night.
Our studio pre-orders costumes and students rent them, keeping the cost low. Our younger students (3-5) purchase their costume and the studio takes care to order costumes that are age appropriate and not too elaborate. If any alterations are necessary parents can take their costumes to Sofia’s Tailoring and Alterations in Ann Arbor and the studio will cover the cost. Our studio also gives each parent 2 free tickets for our year-end show. This way you as a parent will not be faced with any extra work or expenses.
Weather & Closing Information
What is AIM’s policy on inclement/severe weather?
Snow day policy: If Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed because of weather (poor traveling conditions), arts in motion is closed in the morning.
For afternoon classes, please call to check. If AAPS cancels after school activities or ends the school day early because of poor travel conditions, we will be closed in the afternoon.
On occasion AAPS is closed for reasons other than travel condiions (temps below -20 degrees, malfunction of facilities or electricity outages, etc). In such case, Arts In Motion will not close.
If you are unsure whether the studio is closed, please call us at 734-222-6246 or check the website.
Will AIM issue a refund for classes canceled due to inclement/severe weather?
No, classes canceled because of weather related events will not be refunded. However, you are welcome to make up a missed class in any other equivalent class.