Frequently Asked Questions

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Once we choose the discipline, how is the class time chosen for my child?
We try to offer a weekday and weekend option for all of our creative, pre-dance and junior programs. Some class placements will be decided based not only on a child’s age, but also on their ability and skill level. We always encourage dancers to try a number of classes before a final decision is made, this makes choosing a class easier and guarantees a perfect placement.

Will my child be advancing to the next level every year?
Yes, even when your class time stays the same from year to year dancers are always progressing by levels. We try to keep our schedule the same year to year for your convenience. Dancers who want or need more of a challenge on top of their own class may ask about placement in an extra challenge class.

Why should we include ballet in my child’s dance program?
Ballet is the root of all dances and a perfect partner to all classes we offer. For dancers who hope to move up to the competitive level of dance, ballet is a must, especially in jazz and lyrical. Ballet gives students strength, poise, grace, turnout and technique beyond what any other dance form can offer.

Can parents observe classes?
Yes. For your convenience our first studio has a viewing window where you are free to watch class anytime. Classes rotate between our two studios, which means you will be able to see your child every second week. We also have one or two open houses during the dance season where you are invited into the studio to watch a class. You may bring guests as well as your cameras and video cameras! We do not allow outdoor shoes, food or drink in the studios.

Are there additional performance opportunities in addition to the year-end recital?
In addition to the year-end recital many students also participate in the annual Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival. If you think your child may be interested in this opportunity there is a sign-up sheet at the studio in late September, early October. This sign-up sheet tells us who is interested in Festival and other competitions so we may observe them in class, it does not always guarantee a child an extra competition piece. Other dance opportunities include the Triple Threat dance convention, CNDC and out of country and province dance festivals and workshops. Workshops and competitions we are looking at include: Nuvo, Jump and Candance. DBSD students also have performed at senior’s homes, street fairs and other community events.

My child is interested in participating on the competition teams, how do we go about getting involved?
The first step is to speak to the director Ms. Barb and let us know you are interested! The next step is to take extra classes to bring the dancer’s technique up to a higher level. Adding a ballet class at this point is a must, and we recommend competitive dancers take two ballet classes per week. We also offer a technique class called “Jumps and Turns” for both senior and junior dancers. These classes are open to everyone and are a great way to increase technique, strength and flexibility.

My child is interested in becoming a class helper, how do we go about getting involved?
We have both Junior and a Senior T.A.P. teams. The Teacher’s Assistant Program has been a part of DBSD since 1966. This is the main way to become an instructor at DBSD. Junior T.A.P. starts at age 10, if you are interested please contact Ms. Barb. TAP team members should be enrolled in a ballet class and will be required to take dance exams when available.

Are there additional expenses I should be aware of?
Additional expenses include: $25.00* registration fee. A costume deposit of $40 per costume and per routine, with the remainder of the fees due upon costume pickup. Costumes start at $75.00 and go up from there for our more advanced dancers. The cost for recital tickets vary from year to year through Ticketmaster. All festivals and competitions will have entry fees, as well as studio and choreography fees. Both ADAPT and Cecchetti exams have extra entry and studio fees. If a child is chosen to be a part of our Junior or Senior Performance teams there is a fee of $250.00* to $300.00*, this fee includes your registration for 2 competitions, choreography fees, studio fees and a costume. (*fees are subject to change)

How do I report an absence?
If a student is unable to attend class, please email or call the office at 204-222-9368 before the beginning of class.