Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between First Steps I and First Steps II?
First Steps I –Promotes education, motor skills, coordination, balance, social interaction and the introduction to dance movement.
Recommended age is 2-3years old. This class does not perform in the end of the year showcase.
First Steps with Me is offered to bring Mom, Dad or caregiver into the dance class helping the young dancer discover timing, rhythm and movement. This is a great introduction to elementary creative dance movement and introduction to dance steps. We will guide the parent/dancer in a way that makes discovering movement, balance and listening skills easy and fun. It’s a great parent-child bonding experience!
First Steps II – Offers all listed above in addition to an introduction to ballet and tap. Recommend age is 3-4 years old. This class does perform in the end of the year showcase.
What do the dancers wear?
First Steps I – may wear comfortable clothes and clean sneakers or pink dance attire.
First Steps with Me – may wear comfortable clothes and clean sneakers or pink dance attire
First Steps II – any color leotard, pink tights and a skirt. Pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes.
Ballet – black or pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in bun.
All other classes – any color leotard, with jazz shorts or jazz pants. Dance tights (no stockings or pantyhose) and footwear appropriate to the style of dance. Long hair must be secured away from the face.
How do I register for class?
Please complete a Registration Form which you can print here from the website. (We are currently working on a new on-line registration process, which should be completed by early July 2017). Send in the Registration Form(s) along with a $45 per family registration fee, and your first tuition payment. Cash or checks are accepted at this time. All checks should be made payable to: Olney Studio of Dance, or Mt.Airy Studio of Dance, or Damascus Studio of Dance.
When are payments due?
Tuition Payments are due by the 7th of each month. The final payment for the season is due by May 7th, and must include tuition for May and half month of June. Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable.
Where do I pay?
The studio has a secured tuition box or you can mail your payment. A $15.00 late fee will be incurred for payments received after the 7th of the month. (No Exceptions)
What happens when I miss a class?
Classes may be made up in another class at or near to the same level and age. There is no deduction in tuition for missed classes. Keep in mind it becomes challenging for the student if they consistently miss class. If possible, please let your teacher know in advance when your child will not be in class.
What are costumes for?
Generally costumes complete a choreographer’s idea of a routine. The costume will emphasize what the teacher is trying to convey in the dance.
Our teachers put a lot of effort and time into making the class look good on stage. Our costumes are all custom ordered (and therefore not returnable. fees are assessed for any exchanges). It takes several months to complete the entire process, thus we begin taking measurements in October and provide you with costume invoices for payment in November. Costumes are ordered, handmade, and are delivered usually in the April timeframe. NOTE: First Steps I and First Steps with Me do not perform in the showcase and therefore do not need a costume.
Why do I have to alter the costume?
While they may be custom ordered, the costumes are not a custom fit and most dancers will need to make adjustments to each piece they receive.
For example pants are intentionally left long so that they can all be hemmed to the teacher’s specifications. Straps may not be attached in the back so the teacher can decide how the costume should be completed (tied like a halter, criss-crossed, etc.) This is a huge cost savings to our families. When measurements are taken in October, we do add 3 inches for growth. Any exceptions for costumes that are too small will have a fee associated.
Do I have to have a costume?
Yes, in order to perform with your class in the final Showcase, a costume is required. NOTE: First Steps I and First Steps with ME do not perform in the showcase and therefore do not need a costume.
Can I observe my child’s class?
We do have parent observation days when we invite adults to come in and observe classes. Many of our teachers prefer to keep the door to the studio closed. This helps prevent distractions (especially for the younger dancers) in the class and as a courtesy to those waiting outside. However, if you want to observe, please discuss this with the teacher so appropriate arrangements can be made. For the Damascus Studio, we do ask that parents return at the end of class.
When do we perform?
Our dance year goes from September-June culminating with a Showcase which combines our studios’ dancers in a fabulous program highlighting each class on stage, in costume, with a professionally choreographed routine. This includes every class except First Steps Level I, First Steps with Me, and any technique class such as Jumps, Leaps, & Turns as well as Conditioning for Dancers. Also, some classes will be asked to dance at our Annual Dance-A-Thon. We also have a Performing Arts Team and CM Dance Company who have several opportunities to dance on stage for the community during the dance year.
Is the studio closed when schools are closed?
We do follow the county’s public school policy for inclement weather. If the schools close early or evening programs are cancelled, then the studios are closed that evening. If the schools open late, then our morning classes are cancelled. And if the schools are closed for the day, our studios will be closed as well. CM does reserve the right to open for classes (sending an email by 3:00 pm if the roads have cleared). However, we do not follow the school’s holiday schedule and are open most days the schools are closed. Please check our calendar for more details.
How can I participate in my child’s dance education?
You can join the CM volunteer parent committee and assist the staff and management in several areas of need. Please contact us for information on how to participate.
What is the CM Breathe for Asthma Dance-A-Thon?
We host an annual dance-a-thon to benefit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Maryland, Greater DC Chapter. Over the last 9 years we have raised more than $30,000. This year’s dance-a-thon will be held on April 22, 2017. Please contact the studio for volunteer opportunities.
Are there classes in the summer?
We offer dance classes for all ages during the summer. In addition we offer a week long dance camps.
Is there a Summer Dance Camp that is offered?
We host an annual residential CM Premier Dance Camp. This week long summer camp of learning and fun is for ages 8 and above.
Campers should expect to work hard, learn a lot, and complete their week as improved dancers who can take that knowledge and apply it to their classes and dance throughout the year.