Q: What is your contact information?
Our physical and mailing address is:
2330 Curlew Road
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
You may contact us by phone at:
or by email at: SuncoastAcademyOfDance@gmail.com
Q: What are your hours of operation?
Q: May I try a class before I register for it?
Absolutely! A drop-in rate will be collected prior to your trial class. When you register for the class (within 60 days of your drop-in), the drop-in fee will be applied to your first month’s tuition. Please ask our desk staff for details.
Q: When can I register for classes?
From August through February, pending there is class space available, you may register at any time. We begin teaching Recital choreography in February, so while new students may begin a class, there may not be sufficient time to prepare for participation in the Recital.
Summer registration begins as soon as our summer schedule is released (typically in April).
Q: When are your class schedules available?
Our school year schedule (dance classes for August through early June) is typically available by late July.
Our summer schedule (dance classes, summer programs, and dance intensives for June and July) is typically available in April.
Q: My child is only 3, may I sit in class with her/him?
We encourage parents to observe from one of our large viewing windows. Your child is more likely to participate if you are not in the room with them. However, we want her/him to feel comfortable knowing that you are near, so let them know that you are ‘right outside’. If at any point your child decides they need you, the teacher or class assistant will come get you.
Q: My child is a very independent 4-year-old, do I need to stay at the studio during
We prefer that parents of children in our PreSchool classes stay at the studio. If your child needs to use the restroom, or needs you for any reason, you are nearby to assist them. If you do need to leave the studio, please let the teacher know so that if an issue does arise, we can handle it accordingly.
Q: What is observation week?
We have at least one observation week each year. Observation week is when parents, grandparents, and other important family members come into the classroom to observe class and their dancer. Be sure to bring your camera!
Q: Why does my child need to remove their street shoes before entering the
Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, our street shoes pick up dirt. Any dirt that comes into the dance studio is very rough on our dance floors, and ultimately on the dancers’ shoes.
Q: My child has taken dance at a different studio, how
do I determine which
level is appropriate
Please contact our office for guidance in placement.
Q: Does a dancer have to be a member of the performing company to enroll in advanced classes?
No. Our advanced classes are open to all students who are at that level of ability. Members of our performing company do enroll in many of the advanced classes. Our schedule does include designated A.I.M. classes, which are the scheduled weekly rehearsals for that A.I.M. dance.
Q: I have to miss my class. Is it possible to make-up in another class?
Absolutely! We encourage dancers who have missed a class to make-up their absence. Just let the front desk know that you need to make up a class. Our desk staff will provide a Make-Up Pass, which the dancer or parent will fill out and give to the teacher in the class that you are making up in. For studio accounting purposes, make-up classes must be completed within four weeks of the missed class.
Q: What is the best age to start Pointe?
Age is only one part of the equation of beginning Pointe work. Because of the way a young dancer’s body develops, we begin assessing for Pointe work at around age 12. However, there are many other things taken into consideration, including:
1. How long have you been studying ballet?
2. How many ballet classes do you take a week?
3. How do you, as a student of ballet, apply yourself in class?
4. What facility does your body have? (e.g. What is your abdominal strength? Can you properly align your hips, legs, and feet?).
Q: When can I begin Pointe classes?
We are very protective of our dancers’ health not only today, but also in the future. There is an ongoing evaluation of a dancer’s readiness for Pointe based on many different factors. While our teachers understand the thrill of reaching this milestone, it is very important that each dancer receives an accurate assessment of their ability to advance to this level.
Q: Why do I need to take multiple ballet classes with my Pointe class?
Multiple ballet classes each week help to prepare the body for the rigorous strength that Pointe work requires. No other class develops the legs, ankles, and feet for Pointe work. Pointe work is not for the recreational dancer, but is for the more serious student, who enjoys the process of ballet. Pointe work is the culmination of a slow, methodical training of the entire body.
Q: Do the students have the opportunity to practice before the Recital?
After practicing the Recital choreography in class, we have a dress rehearsal at the studio about a month before the Recital. At the studio rehearsal, in addition to practicing their dances in show order, class photographs are taken (picture forms will be made available at that time). A second dress rehearsal at Ruth Eckerd Hall occurs the week of the Recital. These rehearsals are closed (no observation).
Q: How do you ensure the safety of my child at Ruth Eckerd Hall? The facility is so large!
For our PreSchool and Combo classes:
1. Each class has a backstage volunteer who is with the children at all times.
2. Each student wears a class-specific name tag. The child keeps his/her name tag on at ALL times, except when performing on the stage. The backstage volunteer removes the name tags immediately before the students go on stage; the name tags are put back on when the students come off stage.
3. During pick-up, we release only a few classes at a time, so we can ensure that each child goes with his/her parent or guardian. We strongly encourage the pick-up parent to be the person we see each week at their student’s dance class.
For our younger students:
1. Each class has a backstage volunteer who is with the children at all times. This volunteer also assists students who are dancing in multiple numbers and may need help.
2. When picking up, we release only a few classes at a time so we can ensure that each child goes with his/her parent. We strongly encourage that the pick-up parent be the person we see each week at their child’s dance class.
Q: There is so much to remember, how can I keep it all straight?
At first, dance Recital with a studio can be overwhelming. Closer to Recital, we email each dancer/parent a detailed pamphlet regarding the dress rehearsals as well as the Recital. This Recital Information Pamphlet will also be available on our website and posted at the studio. If at any point you have questions or concerns, please contact the studio.
Q: What makeup, if any, is required for the Recital?
All dancers are required to wear some makeup for the Recital. The stage lights ‘wash-out’ the students faces, and makeup helps enhance definition and facial features while under the bright lights. The amount of makeup varies depending on the age of your dancer. Please refer to the Recital Information Pamphlet for details regarding this year’s makeup requirements.
Q: Do people really ‘camp out’ to purchase Recital tickets?
The Ruth Eckerd Hall box office opens at 10:00am. There are some “die hard fans” who arrive early to purchase their tickets. If you want to be in the center of the theater and no further than 20 rows back, you might want to be there early. However, please know that Ruth Eckerd Hall is a fabulous venue as every seat has a clear view of the stage.
Q: What is A.I.M.?
A.I.M. is Art In Motion, our award-winning performing company.
Q: When are A.I.M. auditions?
Auditions are held each year, typically in May. We will post the date on our calendar page, as well as at the studio, once it has been determined. You may also contact the studio.
Q: If I am already in A.I.M., do I have to audition again?
Yes, dancers must re-audition for A.I.M. each year. The audition process gives us a chance to see how all dancers will work together as a group, and helps to prepare students for auditions (“interviews”) that they will experience later in life.
Q: How do I know if I am ready to participate in A.I.M.?
The A.I.M. audition is only one small part of the process of becoming an A.I.M. Company Member. There are many factors taken into consideration when auditioning for the Company. The way you take class tells us a lot about you as a prospective A.I.M. Member. The ideal A.I.M. candidate enjoys their weekly technique classes, is present not only physically, but mentally in each class and responds well to corrections and works to apply them consistently. We seek dancers who have good attendance and who show up to class prepared (appropriately dressed, ready to work, and eager to learn). A.I.M. dancers should collaborate well with others, and should be interested in being a part of a team, rather than focused on only themselves and their performance alone. We expect A.I.M. dancers to work to their fullest ability in every class and rehearsal, and always be striving to better their technique and performance abilities. They should be cooperative, reliable, and positive role models and mentors for other students at the studio. For further information on what is required of dancers who are accepted into A.I.M. (and their parents), please see our current by-laws.